Genre/Influences: Cinematographic, Experimental, Ambient.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Like the title of the work reveals, this is a split album between UK veteran musician Robin Storey (Rapoon) and Russian duo Marina Kryzhanovskaya – Mikhail Kiryukhin (Lords Of Infinity). Rapoon wanted a ‘ritualistic and shamanistic approach to the creation of music’ while Lords Of Infinity wanted an ‘eternal marriage of all that exists’.
Content: Rapoon takes off featuring 5 tracks featuring an ominous Ambient sphere, which is now and then accentuated by Eastern sound influences. I also noticed passages with guitar- and saxophone sounds. Lords Of Infinity accomplished 2 cuts –the last one taking you on a sonic trip of more than 24 minutes. The sound is Ambient and features saxophone sounds creating a kind of ‘film noir’ ambiance.
+ + + : The main interesting aspect of this split album is the harmony between both artists. You don’t really get the feeling you’re listening to 2 artists, their tracks being complementary. You feel a visual strength listening to both artists and I must admit the Russian duo is an interesting discovery. I especially like the dark, misty sphere created by the saxophone sounds accentuating a part of mystery.
– – – : I’m not sure split-albums are still interesting to music lovers, but the presence of Rapoon might be a reason to purchase the work and discover another cool project.
Conclusion: “Split” is an interesting collaboration between an established and renowned artist and new, upcoming talents.
Best songs: “A Shadowed Look”, “Hidden Treasures”.