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Artur Rumiński: AR (Untitled)

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Artist: Artur Rumiński (@)
Title: AR (Untitled)
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Distributor: Alchembria
Rated: * * * * *
Artur Rumiski is a guitar player which is active both as a member of ambient/drone/black metal bands (Arrm, Thaw, Furia, Gruzja, Mentor) and as a solo artist. While his bands are more or less revolving aroundmetal, his solo music can be classified as minimalism because it's based upon layers of guitars mostly using reverb, echo and delay. The result is something in between psychedelia and ambient.
As "I" starts the listener is surrounded by a guitar drone full of resonances which is juxtaposed by spacious arpeggios, "II" is instead based on a sort of counterpoint for guitar lines, "III" is pure reverberated guitar chords and "IIII" uses guitar layers reinforcing themselves. "IIIII" is a spacious guitar drone and "IIIIII" is a meditative psychedelic track. "W SOSNOWCU" closes this release with a noisy abstract track.
While this release could be superficially classified as a rehash of already known forms, the balance of writing, the sense of proportion and the diversity of solutions make this release a small gem of composition. Truly recommended for all fans of minimalism.

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