Exposé Online banner

Sava Marinkovic — Evocation
(DOF002, 2014, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2015-03-13

Evocation Cover artSava Marinković is a Serbian composer and guitarist whose music tends to stretch out toward the ambient end of the spectrum. On Evocation, he is joined by a small cadre of collaborators for a deep-space journey of subtle and (gotta say it) evocative tracks. Some tracks (the two “Fragments”) consist of sparse piano samples and electronic processing; one (“Blindfold (She Is I!)”) features something more like a band, with percussion, electric guitar, bass, and vocals; and a couple (“Voices” and “Variety of Mental Disciplines”) consist of Marinković’s guitar along with electronics. There’s a balance between the pure atmosphere of abstract sounds and drones on one side and more song-like musical forms with chord progressions on the other, though the ambient side has the advantage here. Some references are in order, including David Sylvian’s ambient recordings, and “Voices” brings to mind a Klaus Schulze track with atmospheric synths backing a guitar solo. This is beautiful music for those times when full soporific ambience would go too far, and an example of how electronic processing can be used to enhance real music without sucking the soul out of it.

Filed under: New releases, 2014 releases

Related artist(s): Sava Marinković

Latest news

2018-01-05
Ray Thomas RIP – On Thursday, 4 January 2017, the world lost Ray Thomas, founding member of the Moody Blues. Thomas sang and played flute, and was responsible for writing a number of the band's most memorable songs. He was 76. » Read more

2017-12-22
Roswell Rudd RIP – Jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd, one of the distinctive players of his instrument in many strains of music, has died at the age of 82. With a career stretching back to the early 60s and over a hundred recordings featuring his playing, he leaves behind a substantial legacy. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. » Read more

2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Covenant - Nature's Divine Reflection – It seems that the one-man band is making a comeback in the American mid-west. Whether this is a positive happening or not, I will leave to the individual listener. Covenant consists solely of one Dave...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues