Farshadow

by Subtle Shift

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Richard Gürtler "Farshadow" is according to my ears a magnum opus by Within Reason, thrillingly flavored, exuberantly detailed and intricately manifold, but amazingly compact and balanced. And as always for this ambient icon, polished to pristine perfection. Anodize CD edition is sold out already, but this is a re-release on pro CDr available on Gregory Kyryluk's Harmonic Resonance Recordings with different artwork packaged in a standard jewel case. So don't let this gem to slip under your radar!!!
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Formerly known as Within Reason the project as of 2017 has a new name "Subtle Shift".

"As Subtle Shift (formerly Within Reason), Gregory Kryrluk offers pure comfort electronica, a warm, accessible and rewarding set of pieces that reach back into the collective historical consciousness of popular electronica—Tangerine Dream springs to mind—perceived through a thoroughly contemporary prism and performed with optimal clarity and a sanguine attitude.

Previously widely heard and praised as Alpha Wave Movement, Kryrluk adopts the most humble of monickers only to effortlessly surpass modest expectations with a soft, smooth sound capable of transporting the listener to credible Utopias. Ambient scented, gently propulsive dub techno blurring the line between urban and rural, Transient Broadcasts is timelessly resonant, as each intricate tableau is gracefully rolled out over an average of eight minutes, giving the mind plenty of time to absorb the sunny, morphing scenery.

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Subtle Shift "Farshadow" CD

"Farshadow" is fourth album by Subtle Shift (including "Substrate: Collected Elements") and third released on Darren Bergstein's Anodize/Periphery labels. Driven by its sole protagonist, Gregory Kyryluk, the man behind Alpha Wave Movements and now inactive Open Canvas. "Farshadow" was released in the middle of June 2014 in limited edition of, as far I remember, 100 copies. As usual for the latest Anodize releases, the CD is packaged in hinged rectangular tin with window displaying the CD, while the credits sticker is on the back panel. I have been reviewing "Subtle Shift" as well as "Transient Broadcasts" and both albums were absolutely masterful, so let's dive deeply into "Farshadow" now!!!

Nearly 10-minute long title track "Farshadow" unfolds the journey with hauntingly enigmatic drifts, smoothly evolving into mesmerizingly spiraling auralscape fastidiously reinforced by ear-tickling high-tech pulses and fragments. Invading beats keep on striking until the transmutation into vibrantly pounding escapade is fully accomplished. Wow, Within Reason rules once again, this is electronica cybernetica at its most transcendental!!! The next piece, "Gossamer Mechanics", is the shortest one with clocking to nearly 7-minute mark. It safely keeps on the cyber-tech path, yet this time much more relieving and earthy, incorporating crystalline grooves, buoyant tribals, organic traceries and all meticulously surrounded by utterly gorgeous, luminously spellbinding melodies. Sonic bravura continues throughout!!! "Pacifica" swiftly shifts into highly spectacular realms, bridging hyper-modern trancescaping soundfields with electrifyingly chillout rhythms, while voice transmissions, cyber biotics and even some didge groans emerge here and there. This is almost inexpressible, pure sonic bliss or call it whatever you want, maybe even a nominee for Composition of the Year Award. I take off my virtual hat to you, Gregory!!! "Port Of Call" remains in hypnotic terrains with droning nostalgia, enriched by spikier elements, rather less vigorous and more insistent, although later the track elevates into fully pulsing vortex wrapped by some wistful blankets. A quite peculiar soundcarving, but to be true, it's not easy now to compete with phenomenal tracks like "Pacifica" or "Farshadow". "Shizen" is occupied by arctic drones, slowly growing into more dramatic scenarios. Distant heartbeat permeates, shortly joined by industrialized rhythms and hissy sheets. The overall soundwall becomes utterly monumental, the gates are unlocked and the listener is confronted with stunningly expansive horizons filled with breathtaking intensity. A true epic tour de force performance!!! The closing track, "Shores Of Symmetry", opens with sibilant drones, but then follows chameleonic metamorphose into gently pulsing texture, steadily mesmerizing with tricky nuances thrown in.

"Farshadow" is according to my ears a magnum opus by Subtle Shift, thrillingly flavored, exuberantly detailed and intricately manifold, but amazingly compact and balanced. And as always for this ambient icon, polished to pristine perfection. Unfortunately, this Anodize CD edition is sold out already, but a re-release on pro CDr is available on Gregory Kyryluk's Harmonic Resonance Recordings with different artwork packaged in a standard jewel case. So don't let this gem to slip under your radar!!!

Richard Gürtler (Oct 27, 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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released August 1, 2014

All music conceived & sculpted by Gregory Kyryluk within the warm confines of the Mobile Soundcave 2013-2014.

Atonal Inspiration: Western coastal topography of America.

Shizen: nature without pretense. "As things come and go, they show signs of their coming or going and these signs are considered to be beautiful."

Originally released on the Anodize label in a limited ed. tin box.

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Harmonic Resonance Recordings est. 1995 home base of recording artist Alpha Wave Movement, Thought Guild, Open Canvas and Gregory Kyryluk. Focus is intelligent, emotional and atmospheric electronic music that draws from the wellspring of 1970's era progressive rock, ambient, jazz, new age and world music. Music for the adventurous listener eager to x-pand ones listening landscapes further out..... ... more

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