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AESTHESYS

Post Rock/Math rock • Russia


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Original a one-man band from Moscow, Russia consisting of guitarist and violinst Nik KONIWZSKI, the band AESTHESYS quickly grew into a quartet in 2011 and then a sextet by 2013. Deriving their name from the abbreviation AESTHE (A Simple Theory For Everything), the band plays cinematic post-rock laced with ambient influences. The full sextet who plays shows currently consists of Arsentiy KARPOV on drums, Dmitry SOLOPOV on bass, Eldar FERZALIEV on guitar, Victor MARCHENKO on keys, Nik KONIWZSKI on guitars and violins, and Ivan LUBIANY the sound engineer.

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4.00 | 4 ratings
Camera Obscura
2011
4.04 | 6 ratings
Achromata
2018

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Demo
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything
2008
4.00 | 2 ratings
Cold Light of Skies That Never Existed
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lacus Hiemalus
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Crossing the Shoreline
2010
3.05 | 2 ratings
Ascendere
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Studio Sessions
2015

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 Achromata by AESTHESYS album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.04 | 6 ratings

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Achromata
Aesthesys Post Rock/Math rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars High quality classically-influenced jazzy Post Rock from Russia!

1. "Grauer Wald" (5:17) great insistent keys and rhythm section behind lead violin. Burst at 2:35 into full force but then takes a long time to do anything more dramatic. (I kept waiting for the violin or somebody to really take off, but it never happened.) (9/10)

2. "Filis Aureis" (4:26) my least favorite song on the album, just too dull and repetitive. (8/10)

3. "Marea" (5:16) opens like a very familiar Post Rock song from either GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT or MONO. Building, the drumming gets a little annoying, before a break at 2:30 allows a neat little "hammered dulcimer" section to unfold. Slowly drums, piano, guitar, and violin join in and build to a MONO-like crescendo at the end. (9.5/10)

4. "Himmelbarn" (7:10) again opening with riffs familiar from other Post Rock songs (EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY come to mind), the song soon shifts gears into a more jazz-classically challenging section before everything quiets down at 2:07 into a peaceful mellow reset and start over. The soundscape begins to expand in the fourth minute as violin joins the guitars, drums and bass. Then, at 4:07, another shift into that higher octane rapido section recurs with heavy guitars power-strumming away while the violin tries to stay afloat above the turbulence. (9/10)

5. "Melanocardia" (6:33) too repetitive, getting stuck in one gear for about two minutes in the middle with absolutely nothing new happening but fast driving chord striking, and then the follow up is rather anticlimactic. (7.5/10)

6. "Sapatha" (5:39) drums and keys are the key to the success of this one. (9.5/10)

7. "Apogeion" (6:22) agains drums, piano, and bass make this such a solid foundation upon which to build and soar. (9.5/10)

8. "Eosfyllon" (5:44) starts slow and quiet before ramping up into a wonderfully melodic and varied song. (9/10)

4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock music.

 Ascendere by AESTHESYS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
3.05 | 2 ratings

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Ascendere
Aesthesys Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Beautiful post-rock from Moscow

Aesthesys is a post-rock group from Moscow started in 2007 as a one-man project, evolving into a full band later. This EP entitled "Ascendere" is an accomplished one indeed

They infuse their sound with ambient and classical touches, citing influences from Floyd and Sigur Ros to Tool and Kayo Dot. The sound is sweeping and sophisticated with a slightly different feel than the emotional ebb and flow I usually associate with more traditional post-rock. These songs seem to be going more for atmosphere and dreaminess than angst or sorrow. It's just beautiful. The keyboards and violin are employed throughout, usually quite calming and subtle in approach, rarely if ever harsh. You get a chance to hear violin and guitar actually conversing on parts, playing off of each other, doubling each other sometimes. Other tracks bring drums to the fore and rock a bit or get a bit funky with electronic beats. But the overwhelming vibe of the release is of a lovely and dreamy voyage on the high seas. This taste of Aesthesys is short but sweet and well worth your time. Even the recording quality and mix, so often shaky in these days of indie releases, is quite professional.

While they have had more personnel changes of late this band has released many EPs and based on this recording, it really seems time that they go for a full length release. I believe they could make something really great.

Thanks to angelmk for the artist addition.

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