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Vyacheslav Potapov (VP) is a musician and composer from Almaty, Kazakhstan. He has recorded six albums to date. His debut album, Sound Dependence, was released in 2003. Sound Dependence is written in the style of psychedelic rock. One year later, Potapov's music experienced a change of genre, with subsequent albums taking on progressive rock and jazz fusion styles. In 2004, VP recorded two albums: There Is An End To Everything, and At Sunset of Day's. In 2005 came another disc, The Lilac Garden, and in 2007, Moonstone (The Lunar Stone). The latter has a clear preponderance in the direction of jazz rock. In 2012, VP released the album Water World, which many prog lovers consider to be the most mature album in his discography. All of VP's albums are recorded in his own private studio (VP Studio).

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3.15 | 8 ratings
Sound Dependence
4.14 | 7 ratings
At Sunset of Day's
3.30 | 8 ratings
There Is An End To Everything
4.13 | 8 ratings
Lilac Garden
4.14 | 7 ratings
The Lunar Stone
4.44 | 9 ratings
Water World

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Observer In A Shadow

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5.00 | 1 ratings
The Shadow


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 Sound Dependence by POTAPOV, VYACHESLAV album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.15 | 8 ratings

Sound Dependence
Vyacheslav Potapov Eclectic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars When you think of eclectic progressive rock whether it be the hard driving kind or more psychedelic in nature, many parts of the world come to mind but the former republics of the ex-USSR aren't usually amongst them. However nestled away amidst the endless supply of -STAN countries occasionally a lone progger finds his way out of the local scene and rises up to make him/herself heard on the world scene. Emerging from the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan comes the eclectic musician VYOCHESLAV POTAPOV who got interested in prog in his teen years during the 90s but due to his adventurous musical tastes in a part of the world not inclined to engage in such practices found little success in creating his dream band. By the time the millennium turned over the odometer POTAPOV was ready to take his musical endeavors in his own hands and began creating his own music in 2003 which yielded the results as this first offering to the world called 'SOUND DEPENDENCE.'

This debut album reflects the earliest efforts of POTAPOV's musical experiments and a testament to his creativity finding a way to express itself. 'SOUND DEPENDENCE' is unlike the rest of his canon and the only album to be primarily based in psychedelic rock before he would unfold his tastes into more eclectic and jazz-fusion oriented material. This debut is very much a DIY (do-it-yerself) affair and was titled 'SOUND DEPENDENCE' because it was recorded minimally with only a 6-string acoustic guitar, bass, microphone and drum samplers and had to be tweaked in the production process with different kinds of compressors that allowed the minimalism to maximize the results. True that the album feels like a homemade piece of art (because it is) but it is evident even at this primeval stage that POTAPOV had an ear for all things prog with a heavy leaning on the 60s psychedelia and Krautish lysergic offerings of the 70s.

'SOUND DEPENDENCE' sounds fairly rich considering the scant instrumentation involved. POTAPOV ekes out a plethora of possibilities despite it all and creates some crazy surreal soundscapes with some outstanding compositions. The album flows quite organically as the opening track 'Jungle' slowly unfolds its mysteries into a rhythmic march of electronic noises that slowly intermingle with the guitar and percussion. The different parts dance side by side by slowly become freer and freer until they sound like totally unrelated parts and then fall in line again. While this isn't quite progressive rock per se at this point, it is more of an experimental ambient type of album that includes rock aspects that weave in and out of the cosmic flow of things. A tripper's paradise type of album if there ever was one and probably the absolute strangest album i've ever heard from Kazakhstan! OK, maybe the only one as well ;) Just check out the sublime 'Ant Hill' where the percussion simulates the busy army of ants and the detached bass line adds strange bop inspired fret workouts.

While much of the album is a river of pleasant sounds ebbing and flowing together like a brackish river mouth meeting the sea, some tracks such as 'The Story Of Arabian Wise Man' have a definitive guitar groove that provides a melody and reminds me much of early 70s Krautock trippers such as A.R. & Machines meets Guru Guru. POTAPOV utilizes all tricks available with back masking and interesting time signatures where different sounds overlap in complex polyrhtyms garnished with sound effects and ambience. While this isn't the best of what POTAPOV has to offer, 'SOUND DEPENDENCE' is a unique listening experience that already displays fully developed compositions that don't quite reach their potential due to the underdeveloped production techniques. Still though this is a pretty good album worthy of any psychedelic rock fans' attention.

 There Is An End To Everything by POTAPOV, VYACHESLAV album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.30 | 8 ratings

There Is An End To Everything
Vyacheslav Potapov Eclectic Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars - The First Review for this Artist - Vyachelav Potapov (VP) from Kazakhstan makes his instrumental music all by himself. Guitar, bass and programming are listed on the album info, but the sound is more varied (ie. not so clearly guitar-emphasized) than what one could expect from that listing. Of course it is also more or less synthetic, artificial, as opposed to a more organic sound. [Note: All VP albums are available digitally only. They however have pretty fine cover designs too, so I decided to stretch from my principle of not making reviews based on downloads, and - with kind help from the artist - made a couple of VP discs for my use.]

This album is one of the two released in 2004 after the psychedelic debut the year before, starting a growing orientation towards progressive jazz/fusion style. But since the music really cannot be pigeonholed into one subgenre, Eclectic Prog is a valid choice. There are also flavours of Avant-Prog and electronic music. The 8-minute opening track 'The Man from Sand' is an interesting, sonically colourful prog piece. Especially I like the sharp guitar sound reminiscent of the one in 'Sleepless' by the 80's King Crimson. The second, short track is more restricted but it's followed by the largest piece 'The Observer in a Shadow' (11:22). It is pleasantly spatial, rooted on a steady bass motif. Wait a minute, no real drums used? They do sound real to me. The wide sound pallette features (digitally made) horns, reeds and a glockenspiel. The composition has an intense climax of 2-3 minutes which I personally don't enjoy, it sounds a bit noisy and embarrassing.

The briefest one, 'The Fiery Butterfly', feels more like a little sonic excercise than a finished piece, and the 7-minute 'Difficultly Plaited' is where I begin to lose my interest quite badly. Complex, haphazard melodies for the sake of complexity, to me void of emotional meaning. The title track in the end is another highlight in its moody sensitivity. It is calm, electronic music that reminds me of e.g. NIK TYNDALL, or SOFTWARE, ASHRA and other numerous, usually German artists that have been released in the -IC- (Innovative Communication) label.

A bravely eclectic album, to say the least. One may miss the lack of the more organic overall sound (that especially all the jazzy nuances remind one of), and here and there the introvert music may not make much (emotional) sense to the listener. 2½ stars rounded up for beautiful cover art.

Thanks to epignosis for the artist addition.

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