Hidden for the Eyes

by Alapastel

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Hidden for the Eyes is the exquisite debut album from Slovakian composer Lukáš Bulko recording as Alapastel. This treasure trove of neo-classical grandeur, electro-acoustic production and subtle folk undertones was eight years in the making and clearly signals the arrival of a unique and original new talent. Lukáš speaks with spirited and assured musical voice in an ambitious, pastoral and otherworldly collection, enhanced by the vocal talents of Alex Lukáčová and Marián Hrdina and the sensitive mix and mastering of Adam Dekan.

This is the first in a new Slowcraft Presents series created and curated by James Murray: exceptional, unclassifiable music offered in carefully handcrafted limited editions for people who treasure beautiful audio artefacts.

Digital Artist Booklet: alapastelsite.wordpress.com/hidden-for-the-eyes-artist-booklet/

Selected Press:

"Richly orchestrated and featuring sumptuous vocal performances from Alex Lukáčová and Marián Hrdina, its stirring instrumentation is almost undetectably morphed via electroacoustic production."
- Simon Chandler, Bandcamp


"Bulko's material exemplifies an undeniably remarkable level of craft, with multiple genres intrepidly tackled like it's the most natural thing in the world. To call Hidden for the Eyes assured hardly does it justice."
- Ron Schepper, textura


"These sounds take the listener on a faraway trip to a wonderfully realised locale, a place of sweetness and light, of dense jungles and hidden coves, where electronic-ambient music can kiss the orchestral. Vocalised incantations and heart-born lyrics flutter above the orchestral sweeps and the blossoming drones, and these deep, roaming drones lift the music up to higher vistas, giving the music life in all its fullness with lush, cinematic and colourful soundscapes. While the footprints we leave behind in our own lives – both for good and for bad – will vanish without a trace, Hidden for the Eyes leaves behind a soulprint." - James Catchpole, Fluid Radio


"Lungo l’intero corso di Hidden for the Eyes si percepisce un senso di solennità e di consapevolezza creativa davvero sorprendente per un’opera prima e invece gestito da Bulko con consumato equilibrio nel dosare ariose suggestioni atmosferiche e passaggi di pronunciata intensità cinematica... Hidden for the Eyes sia non soltanto un’opera musicale di coinvolgente lucidità ma una proposta di affascinante sinestesia creativa, alla quale dischiudere anche occhi e cuore."
- Raffaello Russo, Music Won't Save You


"Alapastel expands the borders of post-classical music."
- Peter Van Cooten, Ambientblog


"a reflective and thoughtful sonic journey that brings the best of new classical, electro-acoustic economy and the angelic vocal interpretations from Alex Lukacova and Marian Hrdina together in a lavish and brilliant record worthy of many deep listens."
Joe Surdna, part-time audiophile



released March 9, 2018

Written and Produced by Lukáš Bulko
Vocals by Alex Lukáčová and Marián Hrdina
Mixed by Adam Dekan and Lukáš Bulko
Mastered by Adam Dekan
Art by Silvia Bobeková
Design by James Murray


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Created and curated by James Murray, Slowcraft presents exceptional, unclassifiable music in carefully handcrafted limited editions for people who treasure beautiful audio artefacts.

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Track Name: Seashell
SK: V chladnú zimnú noc
vyl víchor na polnoc.
Rútil sa
noril sa.

Vankúše noci
ó hmla oceánu.

V hlbine oči očarené.
Vravíš-“Voda sníva sny,
tu sme v bezpečí.”
Tanec neskutočných bytostí.

EN: One cold winter night
the wind blew at midnight
It whooshed
it immersed.

Pillows of the night
oh, fog of the ocean.

In the depths eyes impressed.
You say: “Water is dreaming dreams
we are safe in here.”
Dance of incredible beings.
Track Name: Bride of the Mountains
SK: Potôčik bzurčí
v diaľave sa
smotanová hmla.

Hora tíško šumí
v rannej rose
nôžky bosé

Pieseň zdobí chvíľu
rúčky rúče
z vonných kvetov
vence uvijú.

Vľúdna náruč lúky
v prírode vždy
Ty i Ja sme

EN: Rivulet is splashing
in the distance
is rolling
creamy fog.

Mountain rustles silently
in morning dew
I am washing my feet.

The song graces this moment
my hands and palms
from odorous flowers
will knit the wreath.

Gentle embrace of meadow
in the nature
you and I are
accepted / by-I-you.
Track Name: Solar System for Nina
SK: Môcť tak štíty odbúrávať a pritom ďalšie nevytvárať.

EN: May the shields be eradicated and may not be more created.

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