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SIJ

Progressive Electronic • Ukraine


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Founded in Sevastopol, Ukraine in 2011

SiJ is the project of Vladislav SIKACH and Alena Perepadya. SiJ was formed in 2011 with the idea to combine elements of Industrial and Dark Ambient in various ways. SiJ uses various instruments, some homemade, as well as making use of field recordings from various industrial and urban places.

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2.33 | 3 ratings
There Will Come Soft Rains
2011
2.50 | 2 ratings
Zone 1301
2011
2.00 | 2 ratings
Fragments Of Memories
2012
4.00 | 3 ratings
Influence Of Darkness
2012
2.00 | 2 ratings
Land Of The Mind
2013
1.50 | 2 ratings
Vale Of Forgotten Sounds
2013
2.33 | 3 ratings
Daguérose
2013
2.50 | 2 ratings
The Brink Of Time
2014
2.50 | 2 ratings
The End
2014
2.50 | 2 ratings
The Water Shrine
2014
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Earth Shrine
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
Volume Oscillations
2015
4.04 | 4 ratings
Way To Dream
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Time Machine
2017
0.00 | 0 ratings
Air Shrine
2018
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Utumis Shrine
2019
0.00 | 0 ratings
Night
2019

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

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Serotonin Intoxication
2018

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Deeper Into The Shadow
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
13 Shadows Of Time
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Floating Clouds
2018

SIJ Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

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Deep In Space
2011
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From Inkerman To Sevastopol
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Crystal Oscillator
2013

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 The Utumis Shrine by SIJ album cover Studio Album, 2019
2.00 | 1 ratings

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The Utumis Shrine
SiJ Progressive Electronic

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

— First review of this album —
2 stars SiJ is a Progressive Electronic project from Vladislav Sikach founded in Ukraine in 2011. The whole idea of the project is to experiment with dark ambience and industrial elements, somewhat in the same style as some of the Bass Communion albums. The project also utilizes field recordings. The project started releasing albums in 2011, and has since released 16 full length albums, the last of which is called "The Utumis Shrine", released in August of 2019. This album has only two very long tracks with a total run time of over 84 minutes. Sikach plays all of the instruments, but does have help with the vocal effects.

"Earth Meditation" (35:27) is the first track which was first written in 2013. It continues with the dark ambience that the project is known for. Various sounds are melted together into a drone that varies mostly in dynamic than it does in pitch, though there are various pitches formed by different layers that emerge from the drone. Soft, percussive noises also help mark the slow passage of time as the drone widens, encompassing more layers and tones. Swells of sound grow and fade around the drone, but nothing really sticks out much in order to not distract too much from the main layers of sound. Changes in sound and dynamic are very slow and gradual. As you near the last 5 minutes, the drone tends to fade in the distance and the tones get more metallic sounding and higher pitched.

"Deep Valley Under the Hills" (48:38) was originally written in 2015. This track features voice and percussion from Anna Sikach, who has worked with Vladislav on SiJ projects before. It starts with a soft, yet somewhat dissonant drone that divides itself away for short intervals creating a micro-tonal harmony as soft sounds like dripping water and spacial echoes linger. The drone slowly intensifies and percussive noises flutter around almost menacingly. The drone pretty much disappears after awhile, and the percussive sounds continue driving things forward, and then dark and airy, yet metallic noises ebb and flow, giving a very eerie ambience to everything. As it goes on, it all becomes more minimal and the sounds and drones just stay right on the edge of hearing. Around 20 minutes, the drone takes on a darker sound. Tone changes are almost indiscernible, and everything stays quite minimal and deep until the end.

This recording takes a lot of patience to listen to, and the minutes go slowly by as changes come and go at an almost unnoticeable rate. There isn't much change throughout the tracks, especially in the last 30 minutes of the 2nd track. It can be hard to listen to for the entire duration, unless you are using it as a meditative or sleep aid, or just something that gives you a soft level of noise with occasional short outbursts. It's long, and a lot of time goes by with nothing but ambience. Only real fans of ambient, drone music will appreciate the album, it is definitely not one for the general public to enjoy.

 Way To Dream by SIJ album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.04 | 4 ratings

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Way To Dream
SiJ Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Oniric roads.

SIJ's original member and founder Vladislav Sikach adds up, in this 2015 "Way to Dream" recordings, a fair amount of guests, some already have been invited to other projects and some new collaborators. This in fact sums up good results , not only by the presence of Robert Rich in the guest list, but also in composition quality, intensity, creativity and richness in the electronic musical language.

The title of this release (not exactly its cover art's depiction) is actually what you get. A series of trips through varied kinds of oceans, rivers, pathways, roads or whatever can guide SIJ towards oniric landscapes full of enticing sonic details and enough tempo changes to make it invinting, attractive and slow/mid paced dynamic, as dreams are (no frantic nightmares on this one).

12 drone like compositions, as you may have guessed, with subtle identities each, to be felt conceptual yet stand by themselves musically , therefore the listening experience resembles different dream like moods and each one displays its own shades and colors.

Obviously this release has to be set on an appropriate time schedule and atmosphere in order to become part of its game.

****4 PA stars.

Thanks to historian9 for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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