Musical analogues: League of Crafty Guitarists, Terje Rypdal, Ralph Towner, Michael Brooks, Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Album genres: New Age, world music, ECM
Written and arranged by Konstantin Baranov and Vladimir Kruglov
Record participants: Konstantin Baranov – guitars, programming; Vladimir Kruglov – guitars, keyboards; Vladimir Osinsky – keyboards (1, 4, 6); Igor Javad-zade – percussion (3, 6)
Recorded in 2003, remastering in 2012 / Released in 2012
Catalogue number: AB-CD-09-2012-028
Languages o the booklet: Russian, English
Publishing House: OOO “ArtBeat”, 127051, Moscow, Trubnaya st., 32, building 4
Sales Department: + 7.903.2090450
Anytime you look for tranquility and an atmosphere of light blues (why not) – listen to this CD.
Album review“Played in two guitars with slight addition of percussion and keyboards the album by Baranov and Kruglov is simple in its melodica but exquisite in its implementation. It does not have complex sizes but does have beautiful performance. Its music pacifies you and - as it is seen from the title- “relaxes you in the good meaning of the word.” It has visual effect: as soon as you close your eyes while listening to “Grandma’s clock” you see an old pendulum clock, imagine its work, you are hypnotized by tick-tack sounds, but…
...hear the strike and the magic is gone. “Blues for w.weather” reminds you of logs crackling in the mantelpiece while the wind is howling outside. In the composition “House on the Hill”- which has given the name to the disc- you can hear the soul of the house: the music transmits rhythmical crackling of the floorboards, slamming of the doors and the voice of the wind in the tube. The album is full of philosophical melancholy and it is created for contemplation and meditation. And due to the character and quality of the recording – the combination of acoustic and electrical guitars, artfully conveyed sound- you have a feeling of presence in a friendly circle, it looks like the musicians are sitting next to you and are playing for you while thinking their own thoughts.”
“The end of 80-s – the beginning of 90-s: six years of deepening into the music, Empire collapse, tours over Russia and Europe, night sessions in Ostankino studios and not night sessions in the Youth Palace in Komsomolsky Prospect, repetitions for 10-12 hours a day. The concept of working days and days-off didn’t exist at all: all the days were both working and free – this happens when you do what you like.
1992, our mutual with Vladimir Kruglov CD “House on th Hill”. It was easy to work with Volodya: we had very much in common: love for music, idealistic views of our generation, and indefinable chemistry of relationship that was based on our creative work. I don’t remember whether we discussed the possibilities of commercial success or not – most likely not. But I do remember one of the guests who were invited by our sponsor to attend the recording in the Youth Palace asking “Why do you do it?” I and Kruglov looked at each other and realized that we couldn’t find the answer. Because it is no way to say “It is impossible not to breathe” or “Because that is our life”?
“House on the Hill” is a very pristine album, innocent and unprotected because of its innocence. Darkness and light of that time are in all its sounds, expectations for the future are in all its tracks, even in those written about the past. The album was released in 20 years after the record was done and we hope for some people, besides me and Volodya, it will become a time machine, a device for travelling to the land you have visited sometime – or have never been to.”