The folks over at RAIG (Russian Association of Independent Genres) must have one hell of a scouting system in place because not only do they continue to develop their roster of established artists but at the same time continue to add new, fresh sounding talent as well. The debut offering Nine from Rushus an experimental sounding trio based out of Moscow is one of the labels latest new discoveries.
Comprised of members Ilya Lipkin on guitars, effects and synths, bassist Vladimir Nikulin and acoustic percussionist Evgeniy Tkachev, Nine is a richly layered and subtle foray that bends together elements of ambient, fusion, and world music with a slight nod towards the avant-garde. Tkachev's work on acoustic percussion and congas gives each of these nine compositions their warm organic feel as Lipkin weaves both his myriad of synthetic sounding space effects and carefully thought out, multi-textured solos. While Nikulin's bass work sounds distinctly absent from the first couple of numbers, his thick & meaty sound finally appears on "View From Within" as he lays down a nice foundation for Lipkin's jazz tinged guitar work.
Cohesiveness is the key word in describing Nine as each composition flows seamlessly into the next so the listener can revel in fully absorbing these trance inducing meditations from beginning to end.
Nine comes across as completely natural and organic and Rushus have definitely delivered an impressive debut record, one that sees them already firmly in control of their musical vision.
2) Sky Horse
3) Sounds Of Calmness
4) View From Within
5) Rain Day
6) Factor "R"
9) Peaceful And Quiet