Modest Ionescu – PRAETORIUM 01 2×12″ [Praetorium]
Sepp‘s freshly founded record label Praetorium sets sails with an outstanding 2×12″ LP titled “Nori De Praf” or simply PRAETORIUM 01 delivered by Modest Ionescu, a lesser-known moniker of Alin Crihan. This long-awaited material has been teased for some time now and being able to finally hear it in its final form is definitely a rewarding experience. An authentic artistic album in the truest sense, the LP is themed around spacious and precise design, gentle harmonies and complex narratives.
With “Pe Sub Piele SRL” dropped on Playedby, “Autostrada Soarelui LP” on UVAR and several previously unreleased tracks on his Bandcamp page, we can say that Crihan had a productive year so far, with more surprises stored for the near future for sure. Well-known in the international scene for his amazing selections and top-notch productions which incorporate numerous shades and flavours of the modern minimalistic house and techno spectrum, for this material he chooses to explore the boundaries of minimal, ambient and downtempo electronic rhythms.
The first record packs “Respiro” and “Nori De Praf” on the A-Side, two atmospheric compositions designed with immersive textures, warm piano notes, intricate arrangements and alluring effects as well as “Subito Comodo” on the B-Side, which introduces a hypnotic low-tempo drumming sequence that leads a whole array of spiralling layers and “Cirrus”, a solid reverberating abstract piece rendered through modular equipment.
Hard and probably not necessary to categorize under a specific genre, “Izmail” opens the second part of the LP with a deep aquatic vibration flavoured with mysterious and subtle vocal insertions and micro-soundscapes, all swinging in the same groove boat above an ocean of smooth soundwaves. Following, “Cumulus” takes the story further with a blend of tribal-like percussive elements and gloomy background insertions while on the flipside “Nimbus” and “Stratus” reveal two elegantly crafted chilled rhythms as the final chapters of this amazing journey. Definitely a collectable album right here!
Grab your copy of PRAETORIUM 01 at deejay.de.
Artist: Modest Ionescu
Title: PRAETORIUM 01 / Nori De Praf LP
Cat. number: PRAETORIUM001
Release date: 08.07.2020
Words by AndreiB
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