7″ Vinyl, Drone Records, 2008
The first of four new Drone Records 7″ releases is the project Shrine from Bulgaria. “Distorted Legends, Pt.1” is the first vinyl release for Hristo Gospodinov after a full-length CD on the somewhat unknown Corvus Records, also Bulgarian.
The very heavy black vinyl – to be played on 33 rpm – is hidden in a foldout cardboard sleeve with a mind-tingling picture based on a drawing by Tsvetan Mirchev. It depicts buildings reaching for the sky, and though the structures could be anything ranging from pre-unification factories to the Babylonian skyline, the title implies the former of these two extremes.
Music-wise there is a lot to be discovered here. Nice mellow ambient layers form the basis on which static analog sounds create a feeling of loneliness. On the reverse side, some added bass sounds create an emotion that can only be described by the word mesmerizing…
A welcome addition to the Drone Records catalog and a name to remember. Looking forward to the second part.
— Bauke van der Wal