This is one of those records that benefit from the material that grows around it.
At first listen, multidisciplinary artist Viktor Timofeev’s new LP, Exocursion, reveals itself to be a quietly inspiring selection of atmospheric instrumental tracks, driven by guitar rich loops, samples and bass drones.
Those into unpicking the warp and weft of such records will enjoy navigating the quietly euphoric surges and swells that drive tracks like ‘Kairos’ and the tremendous symphonic opener, ‘Lament of the Ur’. Despite each track revolving round a single specific loop, all the pieces are richer than a well-baked chocolate cake, and doubtless created from a raft of pedals and found sounds and the ephemera that has found its way onto Timofeev’s sound card over the years.
What makes this a record that I’ve ended up going back to over and over again to, isn’t just the power of the music. It’s the fact that the illustrations, title and Timofeev’s backstory have added something intangible to the experience. This Latvian is a bit of a wanderer, having downed sticks in Berlin, New York, London and Rotterdam. The title, a made-up word (which, of course is any artist’s right) is meant to mean, “a journey outside oneself”. The accompanying drawings on the back sleeve look like energy waves on a graph, a mishmash of that old Joy Division trope and the sort of academic 70s conceptual art squirrelled away in vaults of big museums. This visual activity is balanced against a front cover showing small flowers emerging through some form of industrial foam, a still from some digital art piece. All these elements suggest quixotic, personal movements through temporal space. Adding up to a wider experience that can’t just be captured by listening to, or indeed making, this music. Whatever “it is”, it’s there and not there.
So you can enjoy the heart surges that these rich slabs of processed noise encourage, or dream about where precisely Timofeev’s spirit is “at”.
It’s out on the Dutch-Belgian Futura Resistenza label which is getting a name for some very interesting and often challenging releases. Highly recommended, for dreamers.