An unusual pairing of bass player Colin Edwin with the close harmonies and distinctive Slavic vocals of top Ukrainian duo Astarta.
This collaborative, eponymous debut release was born out of a chance encounter whilst Colin Edwin was visiting Kiev to perform with his duo Ex-Wise Heads in early 2012.
Astarta/Edwin developed their sound throughout the recording process which was also aided by input from some remarkable and gifted musicians, namely US experimental/ambient guitarist Jon Durant, UK violin phenomenon Steve Bingham (No-Man) and legendary US drummer Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson).
Colin explains, "Whilst working on the Astarta/Edwin material, I purposely stayed away from attempting any sort of interpretation of the lyrics, instead remaining in wilful ignorance of the actual lyrical content. The Ukrainian language remains a mystery to me, so my focus was always on supporting the twin vocals and trying to create a sympathetic musical content to wrap around and highlight them."
Kicking off with the propulsive Pid Yalinoyu, Astarta/Edwin travel through an inviting collection of songs, ranging from the uplifting Orel (aided by inventive guitar work from Durant), via the mysterious atmospheric dub of Oy U Lisi, to the fragile, haunting acoustic ballad Kolisanka.
Jon Durant - Electric, Acoustic and Cloud Guitars
Steve Bingham - Violin (6,8,9,12)
Pat Mastelotto - Drums (2,3,6)
Bogdan Kerichok - Drums (4,5)
Recorded at EP Home Studio Kiev, (Ukraine), NightSpace (UK), Mannakin Studio (USA), Rectory Studio (UK), and the Worm Hole, Dripping Springs (USA).
Arranged, Produced and Mixed by Colin Edwin at NightSpace UK
Mastered by Paul Mex at Mex One Recordings UK