Max Ivanenko

Frutti di Mare

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The artwork on this short CD is a beautiful composite of an electric guitar and the tail of a fish, surrounded with a darkish hue that makes it look like some kind of a guitar fish swimming in the deep sea. Were one to catch a fish and ask it a series of questions about this recording, the result would probably be more informative then what the artist presents himself. There are no liner notes, no song titles, and no credits. The recording features several selections, but whether they are supposed to make up some kind of connected suite is unknown, and not clear from the music itself. There is use of guitar, sometimes with the sort of distorted effects the modern electric guitarist inevitably gets to, but there is also what seems like multi-tracking involving sequencers or perhaps even simpler keyboard instruments. These types of textures rarely seem to have the kind of personality one finds in a stylist on a traditional musical instrument, yet the Russian Ivanenko manages to get around this, creating a blend of styles that is quite distinctive at times. One section uses Oriental-sounding harmonies, and while the result bears a superficial similarity to Vietnamese or Japanese pop music, the direction is quite different, making for enjoyable listening. This is clearly an artist whose future recordings should be of interest, and will hopefully provide more information about what he is up to.