Musical analogues: The Cinematic Orchestra, Ennio Morricone, Pat Metheny Group
Album genres: Third Stream, New Age, New Urban Jazz
Written and arranged by Vladimir Goloukhov
Record participants (Disk 1): Vladimir Goloukhov – vibraphone, percussion; Dmitry Studitsky – programming, effects, sounds; Vladimir Galaktionov – trumpet (1, 8, 9); Alexander Egorov – hoboe (2, 6, 11); Sergey Klevensky – visa (2, 7, 11); Anna Chekasina – first violin, vocals (6, 8, 9); Ivan Efimov – second violin (1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11); Vasily Devyakovich – viola (1, 3, 5, 6, 8 10, 11); Dmitry Volkov – cello (1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11); Sergey Panteleev – cello (7, 10); Vladimir Nor – cello (10); Sergey Osokin – accordion (3, 8); Sergey Uryupin – acoustic guitar (1, 5, 7); Nicolay Sarabyanov – electric guitar (2, 4, 11); Sergey Vasilyev – contrabass (1-3, 5-8, 10, 11); Anton Gorbunov – bass guitar (1, 4, 8, 10, 11); Dmitry Slansky – drums (1, 3-5, 8, 10, 11); Alla Mayorova and Elena Kis’ – vocals (1, 7, 11); Rachik Orudjev – vocals (1); Georgy Musheev – vocals (2, 11); Verochka Leontyeva – vocals (11); Ivaylo Filippov - descant (11)
Record participants (Disk 2): Vladimir Goloukhov – vibraphone, percussion, marimba, piano, vocals; Darya Lovat’ – cello, vocals; Sergey Uryupin – acoustic guitar; Dmitry Savin – trumpet, vocals; Alexey Sokolov – accordion, vocals, keyboards; Denis Shushkov – contrabass, vocals; Piotr Ivshin – drums; special guest: Anna Chekasina – violin
Recorded in 2012 / Released in 2012
Catalogue number: AB-CD-09-2012-020
Languages of the booklet: Russian, English
Publishing House: OOO “ArtBeat”, 127051, Moscow, Trubnaya st., 32, building 4
Sales Department: + 7.903.2090450
The album’s pieces are combination of poles and polarities of different music styles in unified harmonic form. Accordion, vibraphone, cello, guitar, contrabass, trumpet and drums create small sketches inviting listeners to the world of cinema dreams.
Album reviewWe have almost accepted the fact that music for cinema genre has become not topical for today’s music lovers. Pillars of the genre have left the scene, faithful fans have switched to more fashion today alternative teams like “Gang Starr” and “Phusion Culture”, and the founders of tuneful soundtracks that often were the reason to watch a movie have become assets of musical encyclopedias. But exceptions do exist, and if previously we were surprised by British from “The Cinematic Orchestra” today the Russian group “Pervoe Solnce” makes the company with them with their double album “Moments of Joy”.
Music played by this group is a rather daring experiment of classic soundtrack of the 50-70-s and contemporary new wave in “New Urban Jazz” style. With all of this, the album doesn’t contain banal tricks typical for these directions – simple unison violins, tears-jerking half-hour improvisations, song revelations about the “drooped buttercups”, and so on.
“Moments of Joy” is a remarkably successful compilation of fairy tales full of light and with, sorry for the tautology, joy. This is music for a movie that has not been shot yet, for this reason a listener gets a unique opportunity to be its screenwriter, camera man and director, to submerge into the roles many times with unchangeable delight not leaving a car seat or a sofa in the room.
Each piece in the album represents a story narrated with the help of the oddish unreal vibraphone, female sensual vocal, scattering of percussion and hard beat, fascinating playing on the guitar, accordion, cello, and trumpet. In some of the stories urban noise and voices of the great poets Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova are inwoven.
One more merit of the disc is a colorful booklet with deluxe polygraphy executed as a sunlit impressionistic painting in open and joyful colors.
This is an excellent album for connoisseurs of quality and soulful music.”
Sasha Keltikyan, musical critic