The alias of Greek-born, Sydney-based musician and sound designer Aris Hatzidakis, Craün returns with the third release in his catalog, the simply titled 5-track opus 'III.'
'III' continues to explore his unique style of immersive, glacial, enveloping ambient/drone compositions built upon textural field recordings that gently morph and swell with hypnotic progressions, gorgeous details, and exquisite production.
The album also signals his first release since the birth of his daughter, Elektra. Composed as a musical gift to his daughter, the release’s title represents his fledgling family: his daughter, his wife, and himself. The evolving familial dynamic and its newfound surroundings seeps into the album’s creative process, as Craün includes recordings of some of Elektra’s first musical instruments, such as bells, chimes, xylophone, shakers, and percussion. Although there’s a childlike wonder embedded within these compositions, there’s also regal moments that display some of his finest work to date, as he intermittently adds orchestral strings into the mix for exceptionally sublime results.
Sit down, take a deep breath, grab headphones, turn up the volume, and get lost within the cinematic and contemplative sonic world of 'III'.
Run by KEXP DJ Alex Ruder, Hush Hush Records is dedicated to curating an emotional and introspective sound that's free of specific genre boundaries and ideal for headphone sessions, late-night travels and intimate encounters.
As a few others have pointed out, this album has gotten me through the past few months with a calming and nurturing soundscape... looking forward to having the first 4 tracks on vinyl finally... wish I could hang out with everyone else who posted a comment about this album... muthubuntu
An 80s-analog dream awash in sequences and delays. Musical enough to enjoy attentively, unintrusive enough to let it slip into the background. One of my favorite releases from Past Inside the Present! johnpenola
This is the first ambient album that brought me to tears. Maybe it was reading the premise that made me realize how weary I feel sometimes, but the music is just a different level of beauty. Steven Moses