Girnu Giesmes - _Tiems, Kas Budi uz Slenskcio_
(Autarkeia, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (8.5 out of 10)
I've sat on this CD for a while. Not because it's horrible and I had better music to listen to, but because I had difficulty in describing both this CD and my reactions to it -- and I'm not normally one to be tongue-tied! Although some moments are practically ambient, this does not fall within that genre, nor does it contain the martial tendencies of _Rupus Miltai_, but consists of various bleeps and bloops (did I not say I was tongue-tied?) that sound misleadingly simple, yet new elements are revealed to me with each successive listen.

As with his previous album _Rupus Miltai_ and his dark ambient side project Oro! Oro!, mastermind Laurynas Jukonis has a particular penchant for constructing utterly engaging minimalist electronica, which has distilled to perfection, resulting in an entity superior in all respects to his earlier work and his side projects. Jukonis has sought inspiration for this CD from the Baltic pre-Christian religion of Romuva, which is similar to but distinct from both Nordic and Slavic paganism, with many parallels between the three pantheons.

Although not quite as excellent as _Alexandreia_, this is yet another winner from the Lithuanian that deserves a wider listen than it is likely to get -- but then only the terminally deluded believe that life is fair.


(article published 24/7/2007)

8/15/2007 Q Kalis 8.5 Girnu Giesmes - Rupus Miltai
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