Seeking perfection in minimalism, Vitaly describes his sound on Imperfect as – piano, mood, simplicity. “The world is imperfect, and people are imperfect – their ideas and actions. Music can also be ‘imperfect’ – but that does not make it unambiguously good or bad. The relative simplicity of melodies, unusual piano sound, piano playing and emotional states – all this can be called imperfection.”
Attaching strips of fabric to the piano strings of an upright piano at the Dnepropetrovsk Conservatory, Vitaly asked the sound engineer to be left alone and recorded the pieces in one sitting. Only after recording the piano did Vitaly understand that the album would be called Imperfect. “To some extent, I always try to reach a certain perfection – at work, at home, or within my daily routine. But when I sit down at the piano – everything is different. I rely on feelings, emotions, and give freedom to the fingers. More than anything, with these nine pieces, I’ve tried to achieve a level of honesty with the listener.”
Extremely limited numbers available: For all intents and purposes, Grand Salvo is the work of singer-songwriter Paddy Mann. Grand Salvo’s debut album, 1642-1727, and its follow-up, River Road, earned him rave reviews and a solid following at home and beyond for his stark, sensitive and beautiful songs.
After a spell living in Europe, Paddy returned to Australia and began work on another album he’d dreamt up while away, A set of songs that acts as a children’s storybook, the album became cursed with too many recording problems and Paddy decided to shelve it. While that project will eventually see the light of day, its plagued nature ironically became the motivation for The Temporal Wheel.
The CD features a fantastically detailed drawing from Bleeding Heart Narrative, folding out around the gatefold thick-card sleeve in a two colour print.
All copies come with a 12-panel foldout insert, and the 200 limited copies also include an extra two-colour numbered screenprint, and are also hand-numbered and sewn together.
Presented in the Tartaruga house style, (thick recycled cardboard gatefold sleeve), this release features a beautiful screen-printed design from Bruno Jones, in bright Phthalo Green. The CD comes with a two-colour screen-printed foldout insert, again featuring illustration from Bruno Jones, printed on high quality Pergamenata paper.
Each CD is numbered from 1 to 200.
The compilation features 12 tracks from some of the globe’s most talented sound-designers. It is a subtly rewarding headphone listen from start to finish; curated and ordered to purposefully induce a state of sleep. Starting off minimally, gradually gathering tone and atmosphere, the experience goes on without ever boiling over or reaching a crescendo. Parts of the album are light and restful whereas traces of it tread darker territory. All in all, the imagery that the album conjurs sits perfectly as a soundtrack to the dreams one experiences during a nights sleep.