Atmospheric, Instrumental, Ambient, Post-rock, Experimental rock, Switzerland, 2005
Line-up / Musicians
– Laurent Quint / guitar
– Simon Robert / guitar
– Daniel Bacsinszky / violin, keyboards
– David Di Lorenzo / bass
– Fabrice Barney / drums, glockenspiel
1.Eighteen Robins Road 16:53
2.Dar Now 14:09
Recorded and mixed by Serge Morattel in Winter & Spring 2007 at Rec Studio, Geneva. Mastered by Glenn Miller at Greenwood Studios in Summer 2007, Basel.
Strings on “Eighteen Robins Road” are Stephanie Park, Tamara Elias, Jean-Baptiste Poyard & Daniel Bacsinszky (violins), Keita Suyama (viola), Guillaume Berney (cello) & Sylvia Minkova (double bass).
Interludes on “Eighteen Robins Road” by Alain Decrevel (Reverse Engineering).
Graphic design by At-elier.net
released September 5, 2008
2.Taijin Kyofusho 11:00
3.Cosmic Call 14:06
4.C.C.S. Logbook 08:33
5.Optimal Region Selector 09:19
6.Dipole Experiment 11:35
Recorded & mixed by Serge Morattel at Rec Studio, 12.04 / 01.05 / 02.05, Geneva. Mastered by Glenn Miller at Greenwood Studios, 02.05, Nünningen. Additional musicians: Laurent Macquat (bass on tracks 1 & 4), David Di Lorenzo (bass on tracks 2 & 3), Sophie Bacsinszky, Tamara Renaud, Guillaume Berney & Lionel Baud (additional strings on track 2), Reverse Engineering (prelude, interlude & postlude on track 6), Orchestre de Ribaupierre & Union Chorale de Vevey directed by Luc Baghdassarian (on track 6) recorded by David Lipka. Artwork (casting, photography & design) by Fabian Sbarro.
released April 7, 2005
The Evpatoria Report
Release Date: 2005 | TracklistReview Summary: Don’t wait for the future of post-rock – it’s already here.
Mogwai, God is an Astronaut, Tristeza, Mono, Explosions in the Sky – you name it, if you’re a fan of post-rock chances are you’ve heard of at least one of these bands. There’s an even bigger chance you actually like a few of them. But if you look past the beauty, sophistication and small intricacies that define them, you will soon realise that almost all are clones of each other, each taking notes from the distinctiveness of another and combining it with ideas of their own. This vicious cycle of give and take has resulted in a genre that lacks individuality and has grown stale to the ears of even the most committed and supportive post-rock fans.
But somewhere out in the Swiss mountains, a small 5-piece ensemble known as The Evpatoria Report were making music that had yet to be touched. Sure, they are not without their influences but they sure as hell gave critics of the genre something to think about. Their first demo was released in 2003 but only hinted at what was to come. With their first full-length album Golevka, the Evpatoria Report took post-rock to new levels yet to be reached by many of the above-mentioned maestros of the genre.
Yet at times it can appear uncertain as to how they have managed to achieve such a feat – on the surface it sounds as though they have simply pulled the exact same ploy as the others, and borrowed heavily from their contemporaries. But there is just that ‘something’ about it that has you hooked from the very beginning. Just listen to the opening few minutes of Prognoz – you are immediately captivated with a desperate desire to find out what comes next, how the track is going to reach its inevitable climax. And it does, just three and a half minutes in, only to fade out and reveal one of the most breathtaking, yet uncomplicated pieces of guitar-work, with an atmosphere that pulls you deep into a white cloud of beauty. Or how about the album’s masterstroke in Taijin Kyofusho with its dense guitars and ambient keyboards providing a stunning contrast between heavy and minimalist harmonies. The song is not only the best on the album but one of the best post-rock songs ever recorded. And while that may seem like a bold statement to some, there is undeniable originality here and atmosphere far beyond what has been achieved by many of their habitually pretentious peers.
Even though the album does admittedly lose a little focus from that point onwards there are no weak tracks here. You will not be bored or able to predict what comes next – Cosmic Call will work majestic splendour around its basic guitar riff, Optimal Region Selector will daze with its keys and Dipole Experiment will sum the whole album up in just eleven and a half minutes. In short, while it is clear that there is not complete innovation or technicality here, The Evpatoria Report do things their way and ultimately come out sounding like an entirely different being from the rest. Don’t wait for the future of post-rock – it’s already here.
Interview: The Evpatoria ReportWhat are The Evpatoria Report up to these days after releasing the critically acclaimed Golevka? Jonas interviews Daniel to find out what these guys have planned for the new year.
Jonas: Since it is difficult to find any information on the band or band members, would you mind giving me an introduction to who “The Evpatoria Report” really is? How did you come together as a band, how did you begin making the type of music you do, and how do you typically write songs together”
Daniel: The Evpatoria Report formed in January 2002. Personally (24) I’m coming from the classical side (violin & keys), the drummer (27) has a background in funk, the bassist (30) comes from the metal side, and finally the guitarists (27 & 31) are old fashioned rock “roll. The band name comes from the city of Evpatoria in Crimea (Ukraina). There you can find a dish, which sends a message into space that tries to explain the human ADN and physiology (the evpatoria message) to … whoever may be listening.
Jonas: What do you aim to accomplish with your music? Is there anything that you attempt to convey with the music or something special the band wishes to relate to the listener”
Daniel: Concerning our music, that’s a mix between our various influences? We dont’ have a singer because we don’t have anything special to say, just the music itself. Each listener should find his own personal connection to our music, but, first and foremost, we make music for ourselves. If other people like it, that’s great! If they don’t, it’s not a problem!
Jonas: There are many different languages spoken in Switzerland, and additionally it is located in central Europe. Have these regional influences affected your music”
Daniel: For our personal lives it’s possible, but the music transcends the languages. So, I would say not.
Jonas: Is it some kind of social statement that the website is written in french”
Daniel: The Evpatoria Report lives in the French part of Switzerland, so that’s why it’s written in this language. But we’re working hard to translate it into English as well now!
Jonas: Given that the name of your band is actually space-related (the asteroid 6489 Golevka, discovered in the Ukraine town named Evpatoria), I have to ask if the space and the universe at large is something that has helped the band shape its music”
Daniel: You must know that the band members don’t have a big imagination for song names! But we choose this name because there is a relashionship beetween the kind of music we create and space. Space isnt”a big passion for us, but it’s maybe a good image to project your music onto, who knows”?
Jonas: How does the band see its progression, from the self-titled EP to Golevka and beyond… Where do you want to take your music, or where do you want it to take you”
Daniel: The band always wants to try new things, incorporate new experiences. Golevka was an experience; we are going to try another. We don’t want to make five albums with the same sound and ideas, we just want to see other possibilities. The Evpatoria Report is not going to change its game but maybe change the strategy for the next one.
Jonas: How long did it take to write Golevka? Was it a constant work since the self-titled release or did you work on it from time to time”
Daniel: The Evpatoria Report composed some tracks after the EP, and when we thought that it was time to start recording, The Evpatoria Report went into the studio for an album. We always wanted make an album, but we didn’t always have enough material to put on it. That’s why we first created the EP.
Jonas: What’s your current status, new albums in the making? Got any tours planned”
Daniel: The band has recording sessions planned in December 06, January 07 and April 07, and will release a new album by the end of 2007. Maybe an U.S version too? We’ll see, we cannot say more for the moment.For touring, we were in Belgium and Germany this fall, but we don’t have any big plans at the moment, just to work on and finish the next album.
Jonas: How did you come to play on the instruments that you currently do? Do you use any special equipment when playing/recording?
Daniel: I started playing violin at the age of 5 and music is my professional life. For the others its more of a hobby”When we are recording we try to use a lot of things (vocals, string quintet, electronics and more), but on the stage it’s very rock-oriented, with samples and projections. We try to keep things simple and just focus on playing a great show.
Many thanks to Daniel and the Evpatoria Report for the interview.