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When You Are

by Mike Lazarev

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    Slowcraft CD Edition comprising glass-mastered disc on a recycled six-panel insert, sealed in a rubber-stamped envelope bearing a custom postage stamp, all enclosed within a wax paper bag. Hand assembled at Slowcraft and shipped with utmost care.

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Selected Press:

"Each perfectly paced piece bestows a unique emotional idyll upon the listener. Restrained when it matters and bold where it counts, When You Are extends a rare fragility."

- Chuck van Zyl, Star's End

www.starsend.org/WhenYouAre.html

"La meraviglia di un arcobaleno di intensità straordinaria."

- Raffaello Russo, Music Won't Save You - ALBUM OF THE WEEK

musicwontsaveyou.com/2022/06/27/mike-lazarev-when-you-are/

"Chaos and calmness collide, leaving behind a powerful emotional residue. Everything relates. Everything connects. Everything is one."

- James Catchpole, Fluid Radio

www.fluid-radio.co.uk/2022/07/mike-lazarev-when-you-are/

Mike Lazarev joins Slowcraft for an austere and introspective new album combining his trademark piano gestures with expertly synthesised textures.

The philosophical core of Lazarev’s creative agenda can be found between the turbulent opening tones of Don’t Be Afraid and its cloud-parting resolution; a metaphysical preoccupation that runs like light and dark braid through the entire nine-track collection. While previous work celebrated the tonal qualities and compositional framework of his primary instrument Mike now looks further afield, enlisting textural and harmonic support from the rich and diverse array of analogue and digital synthesis tools detailed below. The results of this satisfyingly broad palette evoke a certain electroacoustic experimentalism, conjure the tonal intensity of dark ambient, even stray on occasion into an emotional uplift reminiscent of post-rock. Thunderous bass, billows of diffused distortion and precisely calibrated discord drive waves of raw emotion through pieces that smoothly pivot, often within moments, into calm glimpses of such sublime, timeless clarity as are only rarely afforded to the experienced meditator. And it’s here within a place outside of time that both composer and listener may exist together, even if only for a moment.

When You Are arrives across all digital platforms and in our new CD edition comprising glass-mastered disc on a recycled six-panel insert, sealed in a rubber-stamped envelope bearing a custom postage stamp, all enclosed within a wax paper bag. Hand assembled at Slowcraft with utmost care.


Not where but...
...when you are
discarding yourself
unliving lost moments
repairing indentations
decreasing surface areas
refilling negative spaces
in the absence of elsewhere
what remains is more apparent

- Mike Lazarev, London, 2022

credits

released July 1, 2022

Music by Mike Lazarev
Mastered by Ian Hawgood
Design by Slowcraft

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Instrument list:

• W. Hoffmann V120 Upright Piano
• Clavia Nord Lead 2
• Roland JP-8000
• Waldorf Iridium
• ASM Hydrasynth
• Polyend Medusa
• Sony TC-377 
• Moog Mother 32
• Analog Modules from: Make Noise, Pittsburgh Modular, Erica Synths, Endorphin .es, Mutable Instruments and Xaoc Devices.

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