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Sven Laux’s “Paper Streets” is a deeply intimate and vulnerable affair. Released on the Russian label Dronarivm,
Sven paints minimal landscapes with watercolors in shades of violin, cello & piano; stripped bare & soaked in memory.
The artist’s works bares a sense of detachment & reflection that usually occurs with the passing of time. Forlorn
irony shows itself as it reminds you what feels like to fall in love for the first time, while conjuring ghosts from the
last time you shared a gaze.
A departure from the Sven’s earlier work, “Paper Streets” is an organic, neo-classical journey heard through a cinematic lens.
Orchestral notes surge like tides and resonate like heartache. Nostalgia echoes and dissolves with a disarming vulnerability.
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Reviews so far:
Igloo Magazine's Philippe M. Blache: '[...] Paper Streets is not so much an isolationist ambient work because the soundscapes are built via majestic arching textures, repetition and melody. If you are into modern classical music and spacious, beatless cinematic ambient, this album is for you. Recommended for fans of Arvo Part, Hilmar Hilmarsson, Loscil, Deaf Center et al. [...]' - http://bit.ly/2yzOz8q
Badd Press Blog's Kevin Press: '[...] A beautiful new recording from Germany’s Sven Laux makes clear there are other ways to build texture into electronic music. Laux adds violin, cello, piano and gentle noise elements that turn what would otherwise be a rather dated-sounding album into a genuinely magnificent collection of eight new works. [...]' - http://bit.ly/2zn0UAy
Vital Weekly's Frans de Waard: '[...] Music that sounds like the fading of day light, but no doubt that is an image that just came up as I was watching outside for a bit while contemplating the meditative nature of the music. The titles of Laux’s pieces aren’t always the most optimistic ones, to say the least; ‘I Wish I Could Sleep’, ‘From Sadness To You’, ‘The Lost Violin’ or ‘Are You Still With Me?’ but throughout I would think this music is sad and melancholic, yet not necessarily without a shred of light; it is just not easy to see, I guess. Laux is one man that sounds like a chamber orchestra; long live technology I guess and he does a great job.' - http://bit.ly/2yHEz0N
Lost Tribe Sound's Ryan Keane: 'Sven Laux new album ‘Paper Streets’ is like witnessing the inner workings of a storm cloud. Mammoth swaths of dark strings coax the misty edges of the enveloping gray mass ever outward, tiny electrical charges from within keeping the nimbus formation alive and connected. It’s hard to tell, if giant arrives as friend or foe, simply as a passive grazer on the weary landscape below, or as a threat. Though it’s not all doom, blue skies and hazy golden rays pierce the vaporous monolith occasionally to warm the ground below. Sublime! I could somewhat compare it to Field Rotation, maybe a darker toned Hammock for good measure.'