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Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Lotos Prityazhenya' - Senmuth (6/10)

A more melodic and composed album than most of the mellow, ethnically inspired albums that Russian one man project Senmuth has created, 'Lotos Prityazhenya' sees Valery Av taking his now very familiar staple style, and adding some symphonic undertones to give the album a slightly fresh sound. However, as it stands; this album suffers from a very weak sense of album flow, as well as the dry issues that have plagued the greater deal of releases from this composer.

While many of the albums by Senmuth are either focused around Middle-Eastern or Indian culture exclusively, 'Lotos Prityazhenya' brings several cultures together in a soothing melange of sounds, even bringing some European-leaning styles such as the medieval madrigal, and the cello (or at least, a synthesized computer variation) to the table, making for an album that while very distinctly a Senmuth venture, has a little more variety to it than one might be used to from this artist.

Some very mellow electronic tones give the album an almost 'fairy tale' vibe to it, but while some tracks (particularly the oriental-tinged 'Сновидение [Стремлений]') are very soothing and do their designated function as well as one could hope for, many of the songs lack a memorable aspect to them, making for a somewhat shallow listening experience. However, as with all Senmuth albums, Valery Av has miraculously managed to throw in quite a few subtle details into the mix, so that one would be hard-pressed to find all of them after a single listen.

'Lotos Prityazhenya' is a soothing, atmospheric, and at times even pastoral venture from Senmuth, but it rarely exceeds the limits of mere ambient music, making it a pleasant album, but nothing more.

Conor Fynes | 3/5 |


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