discography: Distant Space (LP, 2009)

Recorded: Jan.-Feb. 2009
Release date: March, 01, 2009
Label: Earth Mantra (US)
Catalog#: [earman075]
Style: Ambient, Space Music
Time 39:12
Digital quality: 320 kbps


1. Orbit (3:40)
2. Distant Space (3:05)
3. Heath (3:21)
4. Nebula (5:00)
5. Pulsar (3:02)
6. Sphere (10:21)
7. Transfer Station (4:43)
8. Space Phantoms (6:00)

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We've mentioned several times in our introductions to our releases how much we
enjoy meeting new artists and discovering new music. Our joy continues unabated
as we welcome prolific Russian electronic musician and all-around renaissance
man Evgenij V. Kharitonov to the Earth Mantra family. Evgenij releases
intelligent and thought provoking electronic music under the name EugeneKha.

When we first sat down to listen to his new eclectic ambient release "Distant
Space", we were initially somewhat concerned by the length of the album. "How
can anyone say anything of substance in only 40 minutes of audio?", we wondered
to ourselves. How refreshing it was to discover that not only does this music
have plenty to say, but has a density and efficiency that is simply remarkable.
EugeneKha carefully chooses his every note and sound, making maximum use of
every moment of listening. The duration of the album is perfect for the music;
in fact, the music might have been ruined if it were embedded in another twenty
or thirty minutes of ambient washes or field recordings.

Perhaps ambient music does sometimes spend too much time establishing the
setting but not enough time actually delivering the message. This fantastic
artist shows us a path forward where the music communicates exactly the right
way in precisely the right amount of time, without sacrificing the creativity or
scope of vision in the slightest.

And the music delivers in spades. Evgenij describes his album as "space ambient"
but it is much more than the typical space music fare one might expect. He
blends in delicious bits of electronica, with an arpeggio here, some glitchiness
there, and always with an inventive and fascinating approach to sound design.
Not only does this music sound like nothing else we've heard, it doesn't even
follow the same formula from track to track. The breadth of EugeneKha's musical
vision and the flexibility of his approach is actually quite astonishing.

So we are very pleased to bring you "Distant Space", EugeneKha's first Earth
Mantra release, one that we hope leads to many other releases in the future. And
congratulations to EugeneKha for reminding us that music isn't about duration or
predefined formulas; it is about meaning and creativity.

As always, all Earth Mantra releases are available under the Creative Commons
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license. For commercial use,
please contact us.

(c) Darrell Burgan.
Earth Mantra Records. 2009. 01 March


July 27, 2010 - Richard VFA
This album has a very strong cinematic and atmospheric sound, making the music very visual. Throughout the album the music varies quite abit and is interesting to listen to: sometimes there are beats with "futuristic sounds" (for lack of a better word), sometimes the music is more drone-like and a bit darker in mood. You get the feeling that whoever made this music really enjoyed making it, the album is creative and fun to listen to.

October 31, 2009 - Graphyfotoz
This Space Music is simply awsome! Like to hear more in the future!!

March 17, 2009 - wyoun
This recording is much more than just tonal space music to drift away in. It is plesantly interesting to listen to. I will enjoy getting better aquainted with these songs.

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