Musical analogues: King Crimson, Porcupine Tree, Tool, TransAtlantic, Terje Rypdal.
Album genres: progressive rock, post rock, Canterbury rock, modern prog, grunge.
Concepted, written and arranged by Introspective F.M.
Record participants: Alexey Evlanov – guitars, keyboards; Vasiliy Shunikov – guitars, keyboards; Artyom Nikolaev – bass; Sergey Zaytsev - drums.
Recorded at Sergey Bolshakov's "Parametrica" studio
Recorded in 2012 / Released in 2014.
Recording engineer: Igor Bardashev
Mixing: Anton Kasyanenko («Sound House» studio, Yaroslavl).
Mastering: Vladimir Ovchinnikov («Mosfilm» studio).
Photo by Nasib Boymatov
Design: Alexander Medvedev
Executive producer: Nikolay “Big Nick” Bogaychuk.
Catalogue number: AB–CD–09–2012–039.
Booklet in two languages: Russian and English
Publishing House: OOO “ArtBeat”, 127051, Moscow, Trubnaya st., 32, building 4
Sales Department: + 7.903.2090450
Musical tastes of participants of the Yaroslavl group Introspective F.M. are very diverse and include classical music, chamber avant-garde, jazz-rock, fusion, blues, progressive and classic rock. All these influences refracting through the prism of personal perception of each and make up a kind of live energy and compositional improvisation aesthetics of this collective, emphasizing the instrumental music of their composition.
In describing the instrumental music that "Introspective FM" - a Yaroslavl group led by guitarist Alexei Evlanov - creates it is very difficult to find words, so original is that music and its presentation. On the one hand, everything seems to be simple, that is, you will not hear guitar irrigation and rhythmic tricks here, but at the same time each track is filled with its own special meaning, that sometimes is missed by some other, too "progressive" groups. Success is achieved through a team game in which the parties of each instrument are extremely delicate and relevant in the overall sound picture. The composition of the group is inherent in linear development, but the very course of musical thought is very unusual, and to follow the intricacies of instruments is a complete melodic pleasure! At the same time, music does not forgive inattention - that is, background listening may well give the impression that the material is gray and dull. Of course, this is not so. It's enough just to catch the right - concentrated and thoughtful - mood and to be persistent in comprehending these nine original instrumental tracks, where the ball is ruled by two expressive guitars, bass and drums. Believe me, this music from Yaroslavl is worth the effort.
Vladimir Impaler, InRock magazine