So these are the kind of moments I live for… (in the online world at least). Finding a new ambient label, who’s putting stuff out on the low, sticking to their guns with a good old website, CD’s, 180g vinyl pressings… and simply stunning music.
Infraction Records. Get used to the name if you haven’t heard of these guys already, as this won’t be the first artist from the label’s roster to be featured on ASIP. About fifty releases in, and a ten year stint under their belts, Infraction have a host of artists to get through and In the past two weeks i’ve purchased four CD’s. Without a shadow of a doubt, every one has been amazing. I’ll no doubt be posting about each one at some point, but first and foremost is the one artist which actually blew my mind… Parks.
I’m pretty excited to even be typing this right now, as I know so many of you are going to absolutely love Parks. In fact, i’m going to try and keep this as short as possible, as I want to put my laptop down and disappear with nothing but Parks CD’s wrapped around my head and a massive feeling of satisfaction at stumbling across this talented Russian.
From what i’ve read about Igor Bystrov (Parks) so far, some of his stuff was released in early 2000 on a now defunct russian label, ‘Zvezda‘, only for Infraction to reissue ‘Umber’ in 2007, widening the scope of a masterpiece in-the-making. Since then, Parks has gone on to release ‘Hidden’ (2009) on Infraction as well as several other albums on other labels (which i’m now running around after).
Let’s cut to the chase, as you’ve spent too much time reading already, when you could instead be as excited and enlightened as me. Parks possesses a natural ability to cross early electronic ambient (or new-age) music, with timeless, addictive melody and utterly engrossing atmospheres. The type of music you ask nothing more from, that literally makes you melt with happiness and doubt any other record you thought was great, makes you wish you didn’t spend thirty minutes writing a blog post but instead just posted one video, one link and one word; beautiful. The fact some of this music was no doubt produced in the 90’s is as mind-blowing as the sound itself.
You can hunt down Parks’ records from the Infraction site or the Infraction Bandcamp and after some digging around, iv’e found an amazing podcast from Igor, put together for Del Jardín Latino (scroll to the bottom for download).
Thank you Parks, and thank you Infraction for what is undoubtedly some of the best music I have ever heard.
Parks Podcast for DJL.
01. Parks – 4AM
02. Goldmund – Ouendake
03. Eduard Artemjev – Stalker (from film)
04. Zelienople – All Planned
05. Parks – Eternal Wind
06. Lahto – The Night Was Green
07. Emanuele Errante – Humi
08. Gas – [untitled]
09. Lustmord – Compassion
10. Parks – Long Way
11. Akira Rabelais – 04 1483 Caxton Golden Leg. 208 b_2 H
12. The Sight Below – Already There
13. Parks – The HAL 9000 Computer
14. Alone – 2310