Ilia Belorukov and Sergey Kostyrko – Distrust One’s Own Eyes

Review of Ilia Belorukov and Sergey Kostyrko 's "Distrust One's One Eyes" on the netlabel Amplified Music Pollution.

AMP Records aka Amplified Music Pollution, a Mexican netlabel I believe, has slowed down a bit in their releases, but we should be very thankful for Ilia Belorukov and Sergey Kostyrko’s Distrust One’s Own Eyes which came out earlier this year. Both Belorukov and Kostryko come from the St. Petersburg area and both like to make weird music. Belorukov has been releasing experimental/improvisational music and jazz for several years, while Kostryko is a relative newcomer to releasing music to the general public.

Ilia Belorukov and Sergey Kostyrko’s Distrust One’s Own Eyes opens with “Nature’s Conformity to the Law” which starts out loud and abrasive. It settles down a bit or maybe that’s just me getting use to the noise and then the sounds of a chicken pen. Distrust One’s Own Eyes has Belorukov on ppooli and field recordings with Kostyrko on synth. “Two Steps Back” starts out much quieter drone and much more calm birds this time. The glitchy static fades in and and then the stronger drones start enveloping your ears. Always, various field recordings are playing in the background and some even more to the forefont.

Slight rhythms pervade “See If We Can Quiet the Dog Down” as the track wraps up the first half of Ilia Belorukov and Sergey Kostyrko’s album. “Get Out The Business” is the closest track to ambient noise one finds on Distrust One’s Own Eyes. It’s a beautiful and humble track, if “humble” makes any sort of sense here.

“The Belief in the Matter” is full of louder glitches, though not too loud. The rhythm of the track is the fastest of all six tracks but it’s unassuming. The last track on Ilia Belorukov and Sergey Kostyrko’s Distrust One’s Own Eyes is “Non-Freedom of Will” where a screeching bird and edgy glitches begin the short track off and then a choral recording sweeps in to give an august feel to the end of the album.

There are a few must downloads throughout the year and I believe Ilia Belorukov and Sergey Kostyrko’s Distrust One’s Own Eyes is one of them. Why? Because after listening to the record several times, I’m in search of more music from these two gentlemen. Hopefully you will as well.

Artists: Ilia Belorukov and Sergey Kostyrko
Title: Distrust One’s Own Eyes
Netlabel: AMP Records
Release Date: February 2015
License: CC BY-NC-ND
Download mp3: zip