Various ‎– Looking East - Electronic East - Synthesizer Music From Bulgaria

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Erdenklang ‎– 29542
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1 Vladimir Dshambazov* 33:8 4:32
2 Vladimir Dshambazov* Breath 4:17
3 Ljubomir Velev My Aunt Has 3:05
4 Ljubomir Velev Sunbirth 6:34
5 Ivan Vulkov A New Song 2:55
6 Lubomir Denew* Submarine Life 4:34
7 Lubomir Denew* Piano Deformations 4:52
8 Danail Draganov* Somethin' Isn't Enough 3:39
9 Simo Lazarov Nature 4:08
10 Simo Lazarov Voices 5:04
11 Krasimir Timov Legend 3:10
12 Sergey Djokanov Thracian Heros 5:21
13 Sergey Djokanov Haven 4:27
14 Sergey Djokanov The Last Supper 2:23
15 Anguel Kotev* A Game 4:23
16 Anguel Kotev* Morning Dew 5:02
17 Anguel Kotev* A Song 4:49

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December 2, 2016
LOOKING EAST - ELECTRONIC EAST: BULGARIA (Erdenklang 29542) CD 74m
Yet another in Erdenklang's fascinating documentation of synthesizer music from much sheltered Eastern Europe. I imagine most people wouldn't even know that synth music existed over in Bulgaria. All I knew of was Simo Lazarov, who is featured here along with eight other composers. It seems that the variety of backgrounds that these people come from is wide: Vladimir Djambasov, for instance, is an avant-garde composer, yet what her creates here is closer to electronic jazz-funk. In true Bulgarian tradition a number of the artists also feature choral vocals (as many of you know from the Voix Bulgares series of albums). The trio Dilema should be a group to look out for based on their three tracks here, as they know well how to be melodic, experimental, and a combination of both. Lubomir Denew - an orchestra conductor - offers suitably filmatic music featuring classical styling. On the whole, this is certainly a very varied release, some of it not to my taste at all, some of it excellent. No doubt showing that, in modern music, Bulgaria has yet to find its identity.
review by Alan Freeman (Audion #22. July 1992)