'We always await a new release on Infraction with great excitement here at the towers. The labels output always brings a calming, soothing atmosphere to the office which is fantastic as it gets a bit chaotic here sometimes. So here is the latest offering on Infraction and it comes from Parks (Igor Bystrov) and to be perfectly honest 'Umber' is an absolute stunner. This is a reissue of an obscure Russian album from 2000 on Zvezda Records. The sound of distant trains create hypnotic rhythms while heavenly strings and ambient sounds and shimmering drones just grab my heart and won't let go. Listening to this has given me goosebumps. 'Topaz' is a perfect track and an immediate classic for me and I don't say that lightly. It has a kind of nostalgic melody reminding me of a golden era in electronic music / early ambient/ chillout sharing late nights with friends and just completely immersing myself and becoming lost in the magical beauty of music and sound. A mighty fine album and limited to just 300 copies. So I've got back home from a hard days work and after putting the kids to bed the first thing I do is pour a glass of wine and revisit 'Umber' by Parks. Listening to these tracks on headphones have had a profound effect on me. I'm literally melting into my armchair as I write these words. This is a lot more 'musical' than much of the more drone based current wave of ambient music. Big up to Infraction for digging this one out of the vaults. I can't believe that my radar missed this masterpiece first time around. If you're one of the lucky people that will have this music in your lives then I'm sure it'll be something you will treasure. Okay so now I'm gonna peel myself off of the floor and pour another glass of wine. Igor if you're reading this then thank you so much. Your sounds have really touched me. Timeless stuff, a real gem in the Infraction catalogue and an absolute joy to behold... Now my lovely lady has just given me a Yumbles Organic Chocolate Chip Crumblie Cookie. I think I've just died and gone to heaven... I'm happy as a pig in s*** right now. Life rules sometimes.' - Norman Records U.K. 'My descriptive prowess would fail me if I tried to write much beyond how the abundant, welcoming and enveloping ambiance clouds the room transforming this otherwise grey, overcast and insignificant day. Swirls of warmth, deep texture and trailing synth sweep through the speakers on The Breath of Autumn, The Blanket and Spheres punctuated by the slow growth, development and ultimate disintegration of Trains to focus on a few. I was not going to try to describe it...best left to the ear that invariably does not require verbiage to support.' - Barry McNeil - ambient list auteur 'Classically inclined at times, reworked to electronic perfection and deeply, beautifully ambient (in an old school way, actually). Really quite enchanting.' - Smallfish Recs. U.K.
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