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Jake PASHKIN is a Russian composer multi-instrumentalist hailing from Western Siberia, where he was born in 1977. In childhood he attended muic school, studying the accordion. At age 15 he started playing the electric guitar, which soon became his main and preferred instrument.

From the mid 90's and onwards he was a member of several bands, and instigated som band projects of his own as well. After the last of these folded in 2002 he pulled out of the music business all together, vowing to end this chapter in his personal history.

However, in 2007 the drive to create music became too strong, and he decided to take up music again - this time as a solo artist. Following this two efforts has been released - Prequel in 2007 and Gain Over in 2009.

It is the first of these productions that has resulted in Pashkin's inclusion to the artist database at Progarchives. Blending space-tinged elements into his guitar driven efforts, with an innovative use of electronic textures, the end result is music that due to the presence of numerous different stylistic expressions has been compared to artists as different as Joe Satriani and Ozric Tentacles.

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 Gain Over by PASHKIN, JAKE album cover Studio Album, 2009
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Gain Over
Jake Pashkin Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars This sophomore effort from Russian guitar man Jake Pashkin is a pretty neat production; and to the dismay of some and the joy of others a creation investigating less experimental waters than previously.

Unlike so many of his western colleagues Pashkin doesn't seem to be very fond of traditional shredding and exercise-like scale explorations on his ventures. And even when exploring more mainstream-oriented territories this is still so; and although we do get treated to a few Satriani-inspired ventures Pashkin is more focused on doing his own thing - within a chosen framework this time around. Layered melodic explorations, energetic and pace filled soloing bursts broken up by neat slide guitar or power riffs, a few mellow affairs with dreamy soloing and the lush, new-age tinged Cassiopeia as the odd one out on this release.

Personally I found Supermobile to be the most intriguing affair on this exploration, closely followed by Lost Money. The former a more experimental affair featuring synths and percussion to ggod affect, the latter a high charge energy bombardment in a more traditional vein.

It's a good follow up from Pashkin here, and one guitar fans ought to get more familiar with.

 Prequel by PASHKIN, JAKE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.00 | 1 ratings

Jake Pashkin Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
4 stars Very nice debut album by this talented Russian guitarist.

Unlike many other guitarists issuing instrumental albums, Pashkin is really daring in style and sound on this release. True enough, there are a few traditional guitar-driven compositions here with the usual array of riff foundations and driving guitar solo segments; but in addition there's a few more unusual elements used.

Highly distorted guitar sounds, heavy grim riffs, screaming guitar solos, fragmented riffs, licks and notes. Mixed in segments taking on a disharmonic, dissonant and cacaphonic nature - but without venturing full-fledged into these particular musical landscapes. Add some quirky rhythms, industrial inspired noises and swirling synths in compositions of a complex nature; and you'll end up with some highly original music.

Not all compositions are like that of course, but there's a few of them; and enough of those to really add character to this release. With the tune "Dying Dolphin" as the prime example of this more adventurous approach.

A highly recommended release for fans of instrumental guitar-dominated releases, especially if you like your music experimental.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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