Musical analogues: Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, Allan Holdsworth
Album genres: instrumental music, art rock, neo prog, AOR
Written and arranged by Sergey Sedykh
Record participants: Sergey Sedykh – guitar, bass (8), synthesizers; Sergey Anurov – bass (except 8 and 10); Igor Shatov - drums (except 10), percussion; Elena Skulachenko – flute (5, 6, 8, 9); Grigory Gornostaev – rhythm guitar (10); Piotr Chernienko – bass (10); Dmitry Sevastyanov – drums (10), Kirill Stepanenko – kongas (6, 7); Anya Sedykh – voice (9)
Recorded in 1998-1999/2013 / Released in 2013
Catalogue number: AB-CD-09-2013-044
Languages of the booklet: Russian, English
Publishing House: OOO “ArtBeat”, 127051, Trubnaya st., 32, building 4
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A new edition (with tracks revised) of a cult in Russia album of instrumental music by Sergey Sedykh, a virtuoso guitarist, the leader of “InFolio” group that was later changed to “Severo-Vostok” (stands for “North-East”).
Album review“A good rock guitarist is always ready to play more complicated, let’s say, jazz rock or rather heavier guitar fusion, in tradition of such patriarchs as Jeff Beck and Allan Holdsworth. The same once happened with Sergey Sedykh, a virtuoso guitarist, the leader of Moscow hard blues quartet InFolio. “Changeable Cloudiness” is the third album of InFolio but it is entirely instrumental, so it can be considered as a solo Sergey’s work, as he is the author of all the compositions in the album.
For me, the style of this album is something in the spirit of Led Zeppelin in the second half of their existence. As if someone took the wonderful tracks “The Song Remains the Same”, “Rain Song”, “Kashmir”, many others, passed them through himself, and wrote a wonderful instrumental continuation. With all of this, “Changeable Cloudiness” is not a plagiarism (or worse imitation)…No, folks, I’m talking about the style, this is the kaif : sound, style, mood! I, a poor fan of Zeppelins, have not heard music like this – either in our projects, or in foreign ones. No one plays in this style. It’s a pity. This music is a separate world which was revealed to us by the immortal albums of “zeppelins” “Presence”, “Physical Graffity”, and “Houses of the Holy”. And it’s sad we live in the country and in time where music like this disk of InFolio not known… Slow, calm, and rainy charm of autumn.
“Changeable Cloudiness” was recorded in 1998-1999 at the digital eight-channel studio at my home. Mainly it was music with an accent on the composer’s work - for this reason drums and other percussion were accurately performed by a small but amicable team of electronic MIDI-devices. The same origin parts of keyboards have that didn’t sound at the concerts but embellished the album versions of the compositions.
In 13 years after the first version of “Changeable Cloudiness” was released with the help of “ArtBeat Music” the” historical justice” was restored: Igor Shatov recorded his live parts instead of electronic drums. Thereby the much extended in time recording of the album was finished and its first version became a kind of demo-draft because in the new edition all the compositions sound like they did in the past “IN FOLIO” performances and at the today’s concerts of the group that long ago changed its name for “Severo-Vostok”.
In this work all the present instrumentalists of “Severo-Vostok” were involved. Elena Skulachenko embellished some compositions with the flute sounding and Piotr Chernienko (bass) and Grigory Gornostaev (rhythm-guitar) recorded “Across the Skyline” bonus track , in addition, Grigory did the lion’s share of the organizational and technical work on the preparing the old audio material and recording the new one – thank him so much for this!
Bonus track “Across the Skyline” had existed as a draft record of 1997 that’s why it is absolutely logical to include it into the album
The album can be considered complete.
Have a pleasant listening!