Exposé Online banner

Kalutaliksuak — Death of the Alpinist
(RAIG R081, 2014, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2016-11-19

Death of the Alpinist Cover art

This Russian band’s name gives a clue about their musical interests. It is named, so they say, after a goddess from the mythology of Arctic peoples, a “malicious but dull-witted” entity. The band is neither malicious nor dull-witted, fortunately, with a variety of ethnic touches in their music, both from the Northlands and elsewhere. Death of the Alpinist consists of four tracks, two over 20 minutes and two under 10, and there’s a hefty dose of cosmic krautrock influence in them, though with other touches as well. The result is a heady and distinctive collection of moods and grooves that is quite enjoyable. Founding members Vladimir Konovkin (assorted keyboards) and Alexander Chuvakov (guitars, flutes, voice) provide the main thrust of the sound, and Chuvakov’s wooden flutes are one of the great touches that set this band apart from legions of space-rock groups. Certainly there are factors here that would appeal to fans of Ozric Tentacles and Hidria Spacefolk, though Kalutaliksuak tends towards less dense instrumentation, and the breaks for free-form floating are more prominent, featuring flutes and strange (but not abrasive) vocals. The band has worked with musicians from native Siberian (I think) cultures in the past; Death of the Alpinist features just the core quartet (Konovkin and Chuvakov along with bassist Alexei Ohontsev and drummer Sergei Titovetz) to produce its sounds. Keyboards include classic sounds like electric piano, organ, and synthesizers as well as more modern touches. Chuvakov’s guitar is consistently interesting, engaging in a wide variety of tones and textures and never sounding like any of the typical guitar icons. The rhythm section provides some good driving beats, but also backs off at times for varying moods. Bottom line is that even if you have difficulty pronouncing the name, Kalutaliksuak should provide some good listening.


Filed under: New releases, 2014 releases

Related artist(s): Kalutaliksuak

Latest news

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Gerard - Meridian – One of Japan's longest lived symphonic bands, Gerard has produced a long string of albums beginning with their eponymous debut in 1984, featuring an expanded six-piece lineup, which by the second...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues