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Рецензия от Mithra! Templezine на сборник «Labyrinth»

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The question of the infinite in regards to a poetic text – be it prose, paint or performed on an instrument – is unlikely to have been far from the mind of Raffaele Pezzella when curating this two hour plus compilation of twenty-two tracks from twenty-two separate projects. Something which can forever be returned to and which reveals an ever increasing scope must surely be considered fathomless. This is firmly rooted within the concept of the labyrinth. A musical path is laid out. Curated. It is a trail which requires your trust, your submission. To embark upon such a journey demands a receptive mind.

Рецензия от Side-Line Magazine на альбом «Queer Reminiscence»

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Russian artists Vladislav Sikach and Sergey Epifanov aka Sij and Item Caligo, joined hands to release this common work revealing 8 compositions. Both artists are truly work-addicts having released an impressive number of productions during the past years. Sij is also used to working with other artists; the list is too long to mention all other names he collaborated with, but you’ll find bands such as Textere Oris, Paul Minesweeper, Creation VI, Particula, Astral & Shit...

Рецензия от Resounding Footsteps на сборник «Labyrinth»

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SiJ is up next and SiJ is another of the giants to appear on the anthology. Like Alphaxone, SiJ will take you on a journey. You may not like how it gets you there but you will always feel better because of the journey. Few Sounds from the House Near the Sea is a long title but it’s an apt title. The track is quiet to start off with. In my notes, I called it the sound of life without life. I’m not quite sure what I meant at the time but the description still seems to fit. The end of the album is shrill and harsh, like the shattering of an illusion. In terms of the labyrinth this track was one of those times where we, the listeners, had to decide whether to keep going through the labyrinth or give up.

Рецензия от Vital Weekly на альбом «Queer Reminiscence»

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The next one is the collaborative work of Vladislav Sikach's project SiJ, whose first album, 'The Lost World' was also released by Reverse Alignment, who teams up with one Item Caligo, the musical project of Sergey Epifanov. The cover shows us landscapes in twilight sceneries and that  is an indication for the flickering ambient music played by these projects.

Рецензия от Richard Gürtler на альбом «Reflections Under The Sky»

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In Sevastopol, Crimea based applauded dronesculptor Vladislav "Vlad" Sikach, who is acting as SiJ has joined his forces with Textere Oris, a project of Ilya Fursov with domicile in Moscow. To be honest, I don't know too much about Textere Oris' previous releases except the fact Ilya Fursov has already teamed with Vlad Sikach on one of the tracks on his digital album "Plæntágose", which was released during 2015 on relaxedMachinery gang. However, when "Reflections Under The Sky" CD was announced during February 2016 on US dark ambient eminence Cryo Chamber, my eyebrows were immediately raised!

Рецензия от Chain D.L.K. на альбом «The Time Machine»

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According to the liner notes this release is based on the concept of time travel and, while it's not particularly evident during the listening of this release, this is the reason why there's a so massive use of field recordings. SiJ makes little use of drone as it's used mainly as a structural glue which ties together all tracks and relies instead on a descriptive musical language based on a the choice of samples with an evident influence from movie's sound design. In such choices samples are chosen not only for their technical properties but also for the fact that they are so culturally connoted to be even descriptive of a mood e.g., the sound of rain.

Рецензия от This Is Darkness на альбом «Queer Reminiscence»

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This new collaboration is an excellent example of dark ambient/neo-classical collaborations gone right. SiJ and Item Caligo are both known for their sounds that often float from ambient, to dark ambient, to neo-classical, and then back again. As is to be expected of these two artists, we have a nice combination of drone, piano, and various other lesser elements. SiJ and Item Caligo combine to craft a sound that is undeniably listenable. There is nothing harsh here, at many times its not even particularly dark.

Рецензия от This Is Darkness на альбом «The Time Machine»

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The album title, The Time Machine, is a clear reference to the book of the same name by H.G. Wells. As such, we are taken on an adventure through the course of the album. The Time Machine starts out with a protagonist character at its central theme. The opening track “Forward in Time” is a clear reference to the protagonist taking a time machine forward into the future. All sounds on this track lend themselves to a forward moving dynamic.

Рецензия от АртСовета на альбом «Duftérose»

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Как и любое прослушивание эмбиент-дрон музыки — это своеобразное путешествие сквозь те образы и состояния, которое рисует наше воображение. И не так важно, какой смысловой посыл вкладывают сами создатели, мне кажется, предназначение такой музыки — расчищать в наших головах, в сознании, дорогу вот этим собственным образам-картинкам, убирать оттуда все лишнее, повседневное и обыденное. Такая музыка позволяет нам самим побыть немного творцами, используя плоды своего разбуженного воображения.

Рецензия от Станислава Валяева на альбом «The Time Machine»

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Отличная работа, потрясающий и разнообразный звук. Я несколько дней ждал момента, чтобы прослушать альбом отрешенно, а не фоном, например, по дороге, и вот, наконец, я ознакомился с альбомом. По каждому треку я старался искренне описать реальные свои ощущения, это было захватывающе. Очень глубокое и тягучее вступление, прямо окутывает с первых секунд. Это больше не то ощущение погружения в глубины, как ощущалось, к примеру, в There Is No Life Without Love или как в Way to Dream. В этом альбоме, уже со второй половины первого трека, появилось нечто новое, в частности и в твоем звучании. Наверно, для меня это созвучно и с концепцией, и с названием альбома. Я чувствую некий запуск, запуск меня самого в иное измерение. Я как-будто покидаю это измерение и свое время, я даже слышу звуки искривления континуума. Как подготовка к путешествию. Хотя, с твоими альбомами всегда такое чувство в начале.

Рецензия от Raben Report на альбом «The Time Machine»

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Fleißig ist er, unser Vladislav Sikach, der nun bereits ein neues Werk hervorzaubert. Und was für eins! Wie bereits der Titel schon andeutet, so geleitet uns der Protagonist diesmal mit "Time Machine" auf eine gegensätzliche Reise, wo es in der Vergangenheit gilt, alten Zivilisationen einen Besuch abzuhalten. Stimmen hallen durch Tempelanlagen, wo Schatten durch schummrige Gänge wandern und ein modriger Geruch die Umgebung umhüllt.

Рецензия от Archaic Triad на альбом «The Time Machine»

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Would you like to travel in time? Are you having concerns, scientific or otherwise, about the practical or even theoretical possibility of doing so? Are you worried that you will travel to the far off future, and find that Robot Hillary Clinton and Cyber Donald Trump have patched up their differences, and now rule the universe as king and queen? If so, there are easier ways to explore the experience of traversing the spatio-temporal continuum.