free folk / experimental / drone / lo-fi / psychedelic / acoustic / noise / space / psych-folk / tropical lo-fi / underwater fiesta / ambient


Monday, June 13, 2011


Cassette | Brave Mysteries

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Digital downloads are provided at 

A. "Reflection"
B. "Absorption" 

Anya: voice, acoustic guitar, bells
Ivan: kantele, effects, lap slide, kazoo 

Recorded June-August 2010 in Petrozavodsk
Mastered by 
M. Geddes Gengras at Green Machines 

Artwork by Nathaniel Ritter

"Hailing from deep within the songlands of Karelia, Love Cult is the duo of Anya Kuts and Ivan Afanasyev. When asked to tell us a bit more about these sessions, the duo only told us things that made us feel even more alien and confused than we were when we knew nothing at all. These are truly sounds of a thoughtfully intimate and exclusive nature, like the soft concentration of singing lullabies to your first love. Using only acoustic guitar, voice, bells, kantele, lap slide, kazoo and effects, Love Cult construct two side-long epics that are fully enveloping. There is an easy and comforting environment that is conjured as the duo negotiates their own unique type of propulsion throughout a dream-like stasis. While fragile acoustics are fingered in pensive circular patterns, sinewy loops wrap themselves around the shimmering esophagus gently intoning it's mantras. The expansive atmosphere of these workings give extra blur to the ghostly strands of melody slowly arching over fully hollow spaces between and around each note. Welcome to the shadowy bliss of the songlands." Brave Mysteries 

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