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VESPERO got together as a quartet (Arkady Fedotov - vocals, bass, flute, synths; Valentin Rulev - violin, synths; Ivan Fedotov - drums, percussion; Alexander Kuzovlev - guitar, bass, synths) in Astrakhan (south of Russia) 2003 on the common interest in playing psychedelic music. Later Natalya Tjurina (vocals) joined, and the band moved into more progressive rock-related areas. As their Moscow fellows KAFTAN SMEKHA, VESPERO are deeply influenced by avant theatre and experimental poetry. Since the very first demos their sound has been influenced by GONG, early FLOYD, FAUST and related bands from that era. Highly recommended for all fans of these (and beyond!).

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Rito, studio album (2007)
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3.92 | 46 ratings
Rito
2007
4.06 | 72 ratings
Surpassing All Kings
2009
4.15 | 119 ratings
By The Waters Of Tomorrow
2010
3.98 | 80 ratings
Subkraut: U-Boats Willkommen Hier
2012
4.06 | 34 ratings
Droga
2013

VESPERO Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.90 | 23 ratings
Foam
2008
3.86 | 23 ratings
Liventure #19
2008
4.14 | 16 ratings
Liventure #21
2010
4.81 | 7 ratings
Liventures, etc
2013

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4.63 | 8 ratings
Liventures 2008-2010
2011

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4.05 | 2 ratings
Careful With That Axe, Eugene
2013

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 Careful With That Axe, Eugene by VESPERO album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
4.05 | 2 ratings

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Careful With That Axe, Eugene
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Russian band VESPERO have been a fairly productive band since they were formed back in 2003, and from 2007 and onwards they have released a substantial amount of material, mostly within the space rock segment of progressive rock. Their most recent creation see the band team up with UK specialist label Fruits de Mer Records, for Vespero's take on two classic compositions by legendary progressive rock band Pink Floyd.

The A side of this 7'' vinyl single, Careful With That Axe Eugene, is a slow paced atmospheric construction in Vespero's take on it, with a driving organ with haunting qualities supported by nervous Mellotron, dampened bass and rhythm, plucked guitar details and a liberal flavoring of futuristic effects. Until a ghostly, spoken voice appears that is, sending the song into a more frantic direction with blazing guitar soloing early 70's style and initial haunting vocal effects, the song ebbing out on a return to the initial slower paced, atmospheric oriented mood.

The B side is given to One of These Days, in this take a multiple themed affair with an initial sequence of pumping bass and twisted, surging guitar details and keyboards with occasional drum flurries, giving way to a sequencer driven passage flavored with light toned futuristic electronic melodic effects and otherwise futuristic sounds combining into a machine and robots inspired futuristic inspired theme, then taken over by dominant slide guitar and drums prior to ebbing out on the dying whispers of a wind synth.

A nice treat for fans of space rock this one, and one I suspect would be of interest to fans of Pink Floyd too, as it generally is intriguing at some level to hear what other artists approach the classics and how much or not they try to make the songs their own. The end results in this case are intriguing in their own right though, and space rock fans with an affection for vintage sounding material should line up for this one.

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 Liventures, etc by VESPERO album cover Live, 2013
4.81 | 7 ratings

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Liventures, etc
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

5 stars You know, there's always a difference between studio recordings and live experiences - and this especially applies to the band VESPERO which is hailing from the Russian province Astrakhan. Man! Delivered as the satellite release only(!) to the regular albums 'Subkraut: U-Boats Willkommen Hier' and 'Droga', this one, while brimfull of delicate live cuts, turns out to be their masterpiece, when it comes to me. Although there's not any applause or other audience activity to notice, it evidently captures them on the stage, performing favourite covers, alternative samples of some of their compositions, and even new songs. Which finally means, all the tracks, respectively versions you can listen to, are previously unreleased without any exception.

Since they have ten experienced years in the back now, let me state how prolific and multifaceted the foursome is in the meanwhile! This for a first summary, until it goes into some details straight ahead. 'What is considered a drug rather than a food varies between cultures ...' - that may describe the band's mystic aura. Droga represents the title track of their newest studio album, which is lyrically and musically inspired by visions of their homeland, and again holds traces of Southern Russia's ethnic music. And so this electronic beat, caused by Arkady Fedotov's synthesizer I'm quite sure, might be something derivative, operates like a hypnotic mantra all the way through. A gripping affair, while additonally decorated with Ivan Fedotov's brushes as well as a noteworthy melancholic collaboration, contributed by Alexander Kuzovlev's space guitar and Alexey Klabukov's synthesizer. A fantastic entry to this song collection, simple as that!

Deeply inspired by the 60/70's German subculture The Strangest Thing In The Ocean is taken from the 2012 'Subkraut' release ... and it only get's better ... Rudolf Sosna of FAUST fame originally wrote the song Jennifer at the Oxfordshire Manor House studio in 1973, straightaway after they had a somewhat impressing encounter with a red-haired country girl. Okay, as is known lyrics are quite simple, however musically the VESPERO interpretation comes with a new fantastic livery, where they are able to cover the song's original gorgeousness as well as weirdness, but also modify this affair a bit according to their own musical approach. So Jennifer, aka Elena Belozyorova, marks a short intervention and the original whacked piano outro is substituted by a way more crazy electronical attack.

Well, now step by step, you're getting clues, how multi-varied drummer Ivan Fedotov is navigating through the songs. Clouds appears with flute and melodica support, it's the rhythm branch first and foremost which serves a strong trip hop/new jazz touch. On the second Faust cover J'Ai Mal Aux Dents I can hear two wonderfully complementing guitars, which leads to the assumption that this one steps out of line, might be a studio product probably, overdubs inclusive. But wait - two guitars - this is at least regularly reserved for the last avantgarde styled song Tanz - guest musician Alexander Chuvakov from the band Kalutaliksuak is aboard here, which you will immediately recognize when you're familiar a bit with the creme de la creme of Russian prog.

Finally it only remains to mention another extraordinary excerpt from the new 'Droga' album - Oboo features a halting behaviour, again the regular bass guitar is substituted by a repetitive electronic beat - somewhat far-away this shows extraordinary space guitar and swirling synths.There you are - irresistible modern kraut and ethno flavoured space rock - equipped with a proper amount of electronical stuff and some successful vocal parts - making a lot of fun.in any case. Though not having heard the new album 'Droga' in total yet (which may house some new surprises probably) 'Liventures, etc' already blows me away really. A prolific and entertaining collection which deserves the highest rating.

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 Subkraut: U-Boats Willkommen Hier by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.98 | 80 ratings

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Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

4 stars VESPERO's fourth album is significantly referring to the German U-Boat tradition (how terrible!) in the same way as to the special German rock music legacy (how irresisitible!). Similarity and contradiction at once - 'U-Boats Willkommen Hier' - this sounds provocative to me, sorry, probably meant as a pun - tainted with considerable speculation overall. But now for some clarification, the official label (R.A.I.G) announcement tells us that the album 'is a conceptual framework for six instrumental kraut-rock songs which are inspired by Russian Futurism of the early 20th century, German musical underground of the 70's, modern American fiction writers, as well as mysteries of the Great Ocean still not completely explained by mankind'. Yup!

'The Art Of Positive Thinking' - well, come what may, the title of the last song points us in the right direction, right?. Also put with intent I'm sure ... the song titles are alternating between English and German, just like following a policy or so ... German efficiency, eh? Seriously now ... there are bands I gradually have lost interest, since some repetiition in style and approach occured over the years. VESPERO obviously differ ... every album sounds in another way somehow. Often accompanied by a trancy behaviour they have worked with native female vocalists for example, but now they are on another track. There's a strong space jam appeal to state, which shows them close to Oresund Space Collective or the current Electric Orange style here and there. And subtle sax and violin input brings some variation to the general impression.

The groovy Underwater convinces me due to a very nice harmonic interplay of synths and space guitar. I can imagine a somewhat modern submarine boat incarnation - gliding underwater at first as usual, but then gathering speed, coming up crossing the surface, and finally blasting off into space. Another collaboration - I mean drums and percussion - is striking too here. Concerning the title Angriff, Ran, Versenken! this leaves me with mixed feelings, musically though the song is nominated for the album's highlight on the contrary - expresses dramaturgy all through, it's a very dynamic exemplar. I still do believe in artistic freedom by the way.

Some songs like Anpeilen! and Alarm ... The Art Of Positive Thinking show a drum work tending more to a typical hypnotic respectively mechanical appearance anyhow. That said, for some reason this really might be the closest album to krautrock they've ever recorded so far. But - on the other hand - since VESPERO started with 'Rito' in 2007 such influences never could be denied for sure, are reflected in every album, sometimes more, sometimes less. Although thematically a bit problematic for me I won't complain - music-wise this is another outstanding band output. If you still are not familiar with this crew, it's about time.

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 By The Waters Of Tomorrow by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.15 | 119 ratings

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Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Well this does sound a little different from their previous album "Surpassing All Kings" as they've added violin, cello, flute and mellotron this time around. Mind you the mellotron isn't that outfront and according to Andy at Planet Mellotron it's sampled. The drumming is my favourite part of this record, the guy can flat out play.

"Daphne" kicks in quickly then the guitar starts to play over top as they seem to jam throughout this track. "Percious" has this spacey atmosphere to start as sounds echo, pulse and cry out. Some guitar and drums before 3 minutes as it builds. The tempo picks up too. Great sound here. It settles back around 5 minutes. "Amaryllis" opens with the drums sounding so good. The guitar comes in at 2 minutes lighting it up. Spacey synths replace the guitar then the guitar returns around 4 1/2 minutes. "Gao Zult" features drums and spacey sounds early on. It settles 4 minutes in then kicks back in quickly. Violin before 5 1/2 minutes.

"Tall Tree" has a relaxed and melodic soundscape. The guitar starts to light it up before 4 minutes then it settles back before 5 1/2 minutes. Cello joins in then it all kicks back in at 6 1/2 minutes. "Punto Fijo" is uptempo and led by guitar, spacey synths and drums. It settles before 2 minutes and it's very spacey here. The guitar starts to wind it out 6 minutes in followed by cello. "Pavani Lacryme" is strummed guitar and atmosphere until we get a beat 2 minutes in. The violin starts to cry out. "Seagulls Sing (When It Rains)" opens with whistling then drums come to the fore after 1 1/2 minutes with plenty of atmosphere. It's brighter before 3 1/2 minutes with flute. Seagulls can be heard after 6 minutes with waves to end it. Great track ! "Aurora Borealis" has this urgent sounding rhythm with the violin playing over top. Spacey winds join in as well.

Call me crazy but I like "Surpassing All Kings" better and I know i'm in the minority with those feelings. Still we get another winner from these Russians, in fact if you can get anything they've put out I wouldn't even hesitate.

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 Subkraut: U-Boats Willkommen Hier by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.98 | 80 ratings

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Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by zravkapt
Special Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

4 stars Vespero is an instrumental band from Russia who generally specializes in space-prog. This is the first full album I have heard from them and it is obvious from the album title and the music itself here that there is a strong Krautrock influence on this album. I think the title translates to "U-Boats Welcome Here" and two of the song titles sound like made-up German words. Basically you get your guitar, keyboards and a rhythm section but also some guest musicians adding percussion, cello and saxophone to the mix. The music genrally reminds me of Ozric Tentacles but sometimes also of Hawkwind, with a good dose of motorik style hypnotic Krautrock of course. The music here is not very complex but rather rhythmic and hypnotic; it's music you get into, not music you want to impress you.

"The Strangest Thing In The Ocean" opens the album in an almost Ozrics fashion. Eventually a groove is established. I like the percussion in this track, it adds a lot. Great spacey guitar soloing in this song. "Anpeilen!" is more in Hawkwind territory with its modified sax playing. Unlike Hawkwind there is no guitar riffs dominating this track. The guitar here mostly stays in the background adding texture. Some altered talking and/or laughing can be heard. The drumming becomes much more motorik and hypnotic as the song progresses. Later the drums keep a steady beat while additional percussion work gives the music an added urgency.

"Underwater" begins with some classic electronic prog sounds including some bird-like sounds done on synth. Gradually a beat on drums enters the scene and turns into another beat as sparse guitar notes join it. The guitar plays more notes faster and then eventually sort of solos as the music gets spacier and the cymbal work on the drumkit makes everything more hypnotic. As the guitar does its own thing, the drums kind of stop and then come back again with the main synth almost playing a melody. Some fast percussion and just a constant bass drum thudding as the guitar goes into some rockin' tones. The drums play a beat again as the guitar does some great spacey soloing.

"Target Selection" has a beginning that reminds me of some industrial music. Dark and spacey. Gradually things get spacier and noisier for awhile. Some nice cello here. Drums eventually appear, sounding low in the mix on purpose. "Angriff, Ran, Versenken!" opens with a very hypnotic sequencer pattern. This track has a Ozrics-meets-Hawkwind vibe with some motorik Krautrock elements as well. I like the beat the drummer goes into after 5 minutes with the Ozric-like flute playing over top. The guitar playing gets more rockin' and the rest of the instruments get more intense sounding. The guitar plays a sort of melody at one point.

"Alarm...The Art Of Positive Thinking" has a hypnotic 3-note sequencer pattern lay the foundation for the other instruments. Basically every song here starts out this way with the original sequencer getting buried in the mix until you forget all about it. The drumming here comes and goes and the guitar is generally in solo mode, but not for the whole song. The drumming gets almost jazzy at one point. Gets into a nice groove towards the end with some great wah-soloing on guitar. This album is great modern space-prog with Krautrock influences. It's fairly consistent with no one track standing out. The sound and production is good and the playing is more than competent for what the music requires. My final verdict will be a 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.

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 Subkraut: U-Boats Willkommen Hier by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.98 | 80 ratings

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Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by raigor

5 stars Prog-heads, beware! Vespero's "Submarine Kraut" is a very special album, a sort of cheerfully crafted tribute to a sub-genre known as Kraut-Rock, in its groovy motoric form. The tracks are built around simple rhythmic beat-sequences and feature steady developing textural arrangements. The music is whole instrumental and ? if you listen to a quality disc instead of poor mp-rip ? reveals itself in sophisticated combinatorial interaction of multiple layers. Instead of simply following the path of their previous, highly acclaimed "By the Waters of Tomorrow" album, Vespero demonstrated a different approach to the creation of their music. This effort ? from the point of both artistic courage and capability to give adequate forms to initial ideas ? deserves the highest assessment. File it under: neo-kraut, space-rock, instrumental cross-over. 2xLP version of the album (by German Krauted Minds Records) also features 20+ minutes of extra-music - 2 parts of previously unpublished "Liventure N.8" opus.

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3.98 | 80 ratings

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Review by s. sargassov

5 stars "Subkraut: U-Boats Willkommen Hier" - conceptual musical canvas, inspired by the ideas of Russian futurism of the early 20th century, the German underground music 70's and contemporary American science fiction writers.

The album will be the fourth full-length account numbered album. Previous studiynik - "By The Waters Of Tomorrow" - was released in 2010 and collected a lot of positive reviews in the foreign press. Musical style VESPERO difficult to identify unambiguously. Members of the group claim that they play psychedelia with progressive shifts in the direction of the 1970s. However, experts are finding music in the music VESPERO influence the manifestation and many other styles.

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 By The Waters Of Tomorrow by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.15 | 119 ratings

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Review by BrufordFreak

5 stars Upon first listen to this album I didn't think it was as good as the three live albums I own by VESPERO: Foam, Liventure #19, and Liventure #21. But, I was wrong. Yes, I miss the wordless singing of Natalya Tujrina, otherwise this studio album is an amazing accomplishment of collaborative creativity.

1. Daphne (9/10) starts the album off with a fast paced jam in which the mix of synths are used very creatively and in which the drumming is mesmerizing, captivating.

2. Percious (8/10) has a very slow, spacey beginning but eventually picks up. Around 4:30 it feels like the drummer gets lost!? The music slows and thins at 4:50 with only pluck-echo-guitar and cymbol play for a while. At 6:30 it picks back up with some jazziness--and with some awesome 'trumpet'-sounding violin!

3. Amaryllis (8/10) starts slow but builds quickly until at 1:40 things really kick into high gear. Great searing guitar solo but, by 3:30, the band sounds a bit discombobulated. Perhaps going a bit too gang-busters. This is soon coorrected. 4:30 sees a shift to interweave of arpeggios by guitar, bass, and keyboards played against a very fast drum beat. At 6:30 there arises a discordant screaming guitar (reminds me of TODD RUNDGREN on 1973's "Todd"'s "In and Out the Chakras We Go")

4. Gao Zült (7/10) starts with drum brushes! Guitar, synths, violin join in in a PORCUPINE TREE way and play together for a minute and a half before bass and fuzz guitar take over against new frenetic drum patterns. The drummer is going so fast with such a syncopated line while the spacey background keyboard wash tricks you into hypnotic sleep--until 3:00 when 'harmonica/accordian' sound and countrified electric guitar. Then at 4:10 a real Mexican fiesta sound/beat takes over. A real hodge-podge of interesting time signatures. Ends with Gypsy-ish violin solo playing over same Mexican rhythm.

5. Tall Tree (10/10) begins with a slow, hypnotic violin. An unexpected key change at the 1:25 mark brings us into a "White Rabbit" chord progression. Here there is INCREDIBLE drumming! The guitar lead takes over at 3:38. At 5:23 there is a return to the ambience of the intro section and brief violin solo until 6:12 when an arpeggio weave paves the way for the return of the screaming electric guitar. Another key shift at 6:51 until at 7:11 the electric guitar bottoms out to fade.

6. Punto Fijo (8/10) starts at a frenetic pace with a kind of "Rasta-punk" feel/beat. The guitar takes the melody, but from behind-- from a floating place in the background! At 1:30 there is a long pause/interlude of synth noises, drones and echoed guitar 'Frippisms.' At 3:40 enters tympani and violin. From 4:50 wah-ed guitar strums join in until 6:00 when a GILMOUR-esque "slide" guitar solo takes over. Again: the drum playing is absolutely fascinating here! 7. Pavane Lacryme (9/10) is a pretty little song with treated guitars à la ROBIN GUTHRIE. Synths, violin solo and jazzy drums.

8. Seagulls Sing (When it Rains) (10/10) opens with an X-FIles-like modulated synth playing eerily over jazzy cymbol play and guitar and violin harmonies. The drumming--especially the cymbol play--is fascinating. A female voice joining in at about the 2:30 mark is a beautiful and welcome touch. Turns jazzy with nice 'flute' and, later, synth soli. That drummer!

9. Aurora Borealis (10/10) opens with a great, driving ELOY/"Blade Runner Main Title"-like keyboard bass-line around which all other instruments jam (violin, synths, awesome percussion). Again, the drums and percussion (and violin) are fascinating to follow. At 8:20 a distorted guitar enters, followed by the fadeout of all other instruments. Interesting way to end a song and album!

As I said above, it took repeated listens for this excellent album to grow into me. And boy has it! This is a masterpiece of creative, experimental jamming. Kudus to all involved. Thank you, drummer, for an amazing ride.

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4.15 | 119 ratings

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Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Guldbamsen
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5 stars Jump! Like a bunny!

Damn those Russians are taking over again! Not too long ago a band called The Gourishankar released one of the most original modern efforts of the noughties suggesting just how wrong all of those hellfire and brimstone-monkerers were, -those that every year speak about the death of music and innovation, but now with this album By The Waters Of Tomorrow, Vespero have truly created a spine-tingling psychedelic drenched masterpiece. For my money, this album is one of the most beautiful and unique psych albums inside a period of 25 years or so. It certainly is the best album of 2010 by a long way. That´s how much I like this!

This is the only album I´ve got of theirs, but in listening to the preceding ones on YouTube, I think I´ve wound up with a fair assessment of the band´s natural progression. Whereas the former 2 records were largely built on long jamming tracks with some atmospheric female singing, By The Waters Of Tomorrow sees Vespero streamlining their sound - treating their palette to a more concise way of fitting the instruments together. The tracks are shorter and more to the point, even if that is a bit of an overstatement, as the music hiding beneath the rather dull looking cover-art is anything but tunes you can safely incarcerate within an iron fold. No, the structure is still loose and warbling - true to their original sound, but the overall focus has been tightened and trimmed, and what´s left for the humble listener is a journey into a delirious musical wonderland, that no doubt would be suitable as the soundtrack of a slightly skewed Russian take on Lewis Carroll´s Alice in Wonderland.

The music is an astonishing blend of everything spanning from psych, fusion, Canterbury and post-rock to Krautrock, folk and avant guarde tendencies. The maniacal drummer Ivan Fedotov sounds like a successful mutation of Pierre Moerlen, Keith Moon and Chris Maitland all wrapped into one, and then you´re not entirely there either. He is frantic, pensive, off-kilter, mad as marbles, jazzy, heavy and laid back at the same time. Maybe it´s because I´m a drummer myself, but much of what solidifies Vespero´s unique and soulful sound, is the way he approaches his drum-kit. Just like many of the jazz greats like Miles, Hancock and Albert Aylor - he relies on using his "mistakes" as a bona fide musical foundation, on which the other instruments surrounding him will freely gain whatever inspiration and fire they need to carry out the next logical, or non-logical sonic endeavour. Ivan doesn´t sound like a drummer, who couldn´t hold a beat if his life depended on it, but rather like he wouldn´t stop challenging the beat, even IF his life depended on in it. This album benefits immensely from his approach, and you can hear his fire and passion leaping into the other members of the band like demonic possessions playing a hauntingly warped musical edition of You´re it!

Pink Floyd, Gong, Ozric Tentacles, Guru Guru, Exmagma, Porcupine Tree, Frank Zappa. These are all artists that you could list as possible inspiration for Vespero, but nevertheless it still doesn´t do them justice in any way. You could state that the ambiance and feel of those magical moments of Gilmour caressing his volume button with those weeping cascades of goose bump notes, largely constitute what half the guitars and synths are on about, - and it wouldn´t be far off to tell you the truth. On the other hand, the other half sounds like that which the Ozrics could never manage to do, and that was to add patience to their sound and let the notes breathe and ooze, offering a truce between the demons and angels. Vespero sounds highly original, even if one can spot the odd traces of yesteryear´s progressive troubadours.

For those of you who know Vespero´s first couple of albums: no the female vocals are all but gone, except for the second last track called Seagulls Sing, where Elena Belozyorova lends her beautiful opera like vocals at the very end - sounding like a human bird soaring high above the band. For an instrumental album this long, I find it highly intoxicating that this lone moment still manages to be this powerful and important to the album. Much like the other guest appearances here, which include spacey hippie flute sections played over bubbly electronics, and folk themed violin sprees connecting dots in between huge cataclysmic psychedelic fusion explosions, -everything has its place in these parts of the rabbit hole, and they work like a pinch of salt on your omelette. Pure spice.

Like my most beloved music, I also get huge bursts of mental images burning wildly behind my eyelids, whenever I put this album on, and just to give you guys a hint of what´s in store for those who paints their music from the inside, - the last track Aurora Borealis holds every promise of its give away name. Listening to it - I get shimmers of green, purple, blue and orange colourings rolling across the endless starry Scandinavian skies, as if the inhabitants of the clouds had started lighting up fireworks. It reminds me of my childhood, where I once was lucky enough to see the Northern lights, and just like Vespero´s heartfelt music - it gave me the chills in the most wonderful way conceivable.

If you like any of the mentioned bands here, you should already be standing in the forest looking for a hole in the ground, but if you´ve yet to spot the tracks of that little bouncy bunny, then do yourself a favour and go get this magnificent album, as it will lead you on your way to a world of music and bliss like no other.

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 Liventure #21 by VESPERO album cover Live, 2010
4.14 | 16 ratings

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Liventure #21
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

4 stars 'Liventure #21' is mastered by Alisa Coral (Space Mirrors, Psi Corps) and includes the instrumental highlights of VESPERO's stage performances in the course of the year 2009. So first of all it's remarkable that Natalya Tujrina is missing this time, which reduces vocal contributions to a minimum really. On the other hand they surprise again when coming back to several cello respectively violin additions which serves a slight chamber touch in some way. What stays in any case are the band's trippy spacey arrangements which are backed by a somewhat jazzy rhythm branch sometimes.

Most of the songs are not featured on their regular albums - a big plus for the listener who wants to explore something new with every release. Now Crabs Ashore is one exception, taken from their debut 'Rito', provided with a grooving behaviour, a very dynamic snapshot really, longing back to the early years. Drummer Ivan Fedotov shines with his lively style - wonderful!

Turquoise in opposite is nearly completely venturing out of their common stylistical behaviour, drums are missing here, the song is dominated by meandering oscillations mainly, only towards the end Arkadiy Fedotov's bass is awakening. Cosmos is typical for the bands attitude to deliver surprising arrangements - they start with relaxed soaring guitar and violin, twittering synths ... but when this restless propulsive bass comes in - definitely contrasting - the song immediately gets a new flavour.

The two remaining songs Silver Rainbow and Lino (once featured on 'Liventure #19' before) are more of a common space rock outfit with tribal jazzy drums and a terrific hypnotic deep toned bass. Alexander Kuzovlev's guitar is always underway towards new destinations. I can only recommend to investigate VESPERO's innovative experimental attitude. Every new album they offer is an adventure by all means.

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