петък, 9 септември 2022 г.

Ангел Симитчиев "Призив"

My new solo album "Призив" is up for streaming. It's a charity album with a very important cause. So feel free to give it a spin and read its backstory below. 

In early 2022 I was commissioned by "Velingrad Mineral Water" to travel to the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria and capture the sounds and spirits of this special mountain. The goal was to create an album that tries to convey the majesty of this remarkable place. I traveled light, with no fancy microphones or recorders and yet the field recordings become the backbone of this work. Most of the sounds I captured were left untouched, while others became part of the musical texture alongside synth and guitar work I recorded in between my travels to the Rhodopes. Even if it might not sound like it, I went out of my comfort zone quite a few times when producing this album.

The initiative has a simple mechanic, the more the album gets played the more it will be donated to "Rewiliding Rhodopes Foundation", a fantastic organization of dedicated experts who are working hard on preserving the wildlife of the region, repopulating endangered populations of herbivores, carnivores and scavengers to ensure a better future for the ecosystems in the region. 

More about the campaign find here: https://velingradvoda.bg/priziv

Photos by Silvana Ilieva.

сряда, 7 септември 2022 г.

Expectations - European Tour September 2022

It's been a while since I've done a proper band tour. Almost 10 years to be precise. The last time I did one was in 2013 and the last one I documented in this blog was in 2012. You can read a bunch of poorly edited past stories here. Meanwhile, starting on Sept 14 we'll be doing 10 shows in the following places. 

Find more info and event links at: https://expectationsband.com/ and if somebody reads this, well, maybe see you around.

Poster by bai_dracula.

вторник, 7 декември 2021 г.

Дарума (premiere Dec 10, 2021)

I spent the last month(s) within the dreamy realm(s) of "Дарума", another fascinating project by Metheor Collective. In close collaboration with director Ani Vaseva, I carefully fleshed out its sound world. The film premieres on December 10 at Lumiere Cinema, NDK. Find your ticket here

RSVP: https://facebook.com/events/586685032616924/

вторник, 9 ноември 2021 г.

Mytrip & Yhdarl "Debris" CS

Order via Kontingent Records

On November 8, 2011, Mytrip & Yhdarl played their first and last collaborative show in Sofia, Bulgaria. While some live video footage of the performance can be found online, the set itself wasn’t properly recorded. However, in preparation for the live, Belgian multi-instrumentalist Déhà and his Bulgarian counterpart Angel Simitchiev, recorded two long-form sessions constructed of pretty much the same source material that was used for the concert. These are now available via Kontingent Records under the name ‘Debris’, with the second track ‘Leper’ being exclusive for the tape version of the release.

A very limited run of t-shirts is also available at the label in celebration of the release.

Recorded live by Angel Simitchiev & Déhá on Nov 6, 2014
Photos by Ivaylo Totev, taken live on Nov 8, 2014
Artwork by Georgi Ivanov

петък, 9 април 2021 г.

Ангел Симитчиев и Станимир Панайотов "Аксиома и печал" CS

“Аксиома и печал” е музикална интерпретация на едноименната книга на Станимир Панайотов (Metheor, 2020). В нея се срещат ембиънт и пост-индъстриъл звуковата среда на Ангел Симитчиев и гласовете на Боян Манчев, Иван Шентов, Младен Алексиев, Райна Маркова, и Станимир 

Панайотов. Посвещава се на Цветан Марангозов (1933 - 2021).

Ограничен тираж: 39 ръчно-номерирани аудио-касети, дублирани в реално време, специална обложка на 4 панела. Албумът няма да се продава в дигитален формат, но може да стриймвате видео интерпетацията му с визуализации от Филип Панчев. Касетите са от Amek.

понеделник, 15 февруари 2021 г.

Angel Simitchiev & Linus Schrab "Airborne" CS

First album I'm releasing under my own name, a collaboration with Linus Schrab (V I C I M, Thet Liturgiske Owäsendet, Purlieu Recordings). Of course released via Amek Collective on tape limited to 80 copies & digital.

“Airborne” is a collaborative album from Angel Simitchiev (Mytrip, Dayin), also the first one released under his real name, and Linus Schrab (V I C I M, Thet Liturgiske Owäsendet, Purlieu Recordings). Throughout its seven tracks we observe two individual creative visions organically merging to shape a sound of its own. “Airborne” was recorded in May 2019, during an intense creative weekend in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The album showcases different facets of Simitchiev and Schrab’s rich musical palettes. From the ritualistic melancholia of opener ‘Initiation’, the industrial intensity of ‘A Smoke That Will Never Clear’, to the anemoia-inducing ghostly melodies of the self-titled piece and the dystopian, yet forlorn soundscapes of the album’s longest piece ‘Spores of Humanity’, “Airborne” is a work that combines ambient delicacy with the intensity of noise and post-industrial soundscapes.

сряда, 1 юли 2020 г.

Mytrip "Keeper" out today on vinyl & digital via Amek

My first solo length as Mytrip since 2016 is now out on vinyl limited to 220 copies & digital on all platforms via Amek Collective. Give it a spin below and grab a copy while it's still available.