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Kevin Kastning & Balázs Major: Kismaros

It’s always nice being treated to another Kevin Kastning album. This time he is paired with percussionist Balázs Major and the resulting release titled Kismaros was recorded live at the Kismarosi Muvelodési Ház Concert Hall, Kismaros, Hungary. The artists have performed and recorded together previously but this is their first duo recording. This album represents the entire recording session in the original playing order.

The disc is divided into seven pieces totaling approximately fifty-one minutes. As with all of Kastning’s work the pieces are experimental, laden with moody and atmospheric guitar structures. Kastning gets some unusual tones out of his 30-string Contra-Alto guitar and the playing is crisp and clean. The recording quality is truly exceptional. Major’s percussion work is often very busy contrasting with Kastning’s slowly evolving chords.

While this release won’t likely garner many new fans, Kastning’s work always pushes the envelope of ambient music, brimming with creativity and experimentation. It’s not for everyone but when the lights are turned down and you start to drift away this would be a fine album for your mind to absorb.

Released on Greydisc Records.

Track Listing:
1. Kismaros I (8:49)
2. Kismaros II (5:33)
3. Kismaros III (5:50)
4. Kismaros IV (9:59)
5. Kismaros V (7:30)
6. Kismaros VI (5:23)
7. Kismaros VII (7:33)

Added: November 4th 2018
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
Hits: 1013
Language: english

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