An unusual pairing of bass player Colin Edwin with the close harmonies and distinctive Slavic vocals of top Ukrainian duo Astarta.
This collaborative, eponymous debut release was born out of a chance encounter whilst Colin Edwin was visiting Kiev to perform with his duo Ex-Wise Heads in early 2012.
Astarta/Edwin developed their sound throughout the recording process which was also aided by input from some remarkable and gifted musicians, namely US experimental/ambient guitarist Jon Durant, UK violin phenomenon Steve Bingham (No-Man) and legendary US drummer Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson).
Colin explains, "Whilst working on the Astarta/Edwin material, I purposely stayed away from attempting any sort of interpretation of the lyrics, instead remaining in wilful ignorance of the actual lyrical content. The Ukrainian language remains a mystery to me, so my focus was always on supporting the twin vocals and trying to create a sympathetic musical content to wrap around and highlight them."
Kicking off with the propulsive Pid Yalinoyu, Astarta/Edwin travel through an inviting collection of songs, ranging from the uplifting Orel (aided by inventive guitar work from Durant), via the mysterious atmospheric dub of Oy U Lisi, to the fragile, haunting acoustic ballad Kolisanka.
1. Pid Yalinoyu (3.24)
2. Kalina (3.55)
3. Oy U Lisi (3.50)
4. Orel (4.55)
5. Rekrutskaya (5.13)
6. Skripka-Bass (3.18)
7. AV Nashogo Shuma (5.39)
8. Vesnyanochka (3.28)
9. Kupala (3.36)
10. Troica (6.03)
11. Kolisanka (3.26)
12. Cascade (6.30)
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