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'.
have yet to translate the song titles so the artist's intentions are somewhat of a mystery to me, but the wavering surface noise creates the theme of a dialogue between music & technology before becoming invisible to my ears. this conjures memories of listening to music as a child (long before the sterility of digital media), when i rarely took notice of the hiss & pops of records, 8-tracks, tapes, & am radio because they were a normal, necessary aspect of recorded sound. nice to be back again. Scott
Sometimes, the infinite quality of the realm of pure vibration and consciousness just beckons, and then you start listening to this piece. Immediately, you are drawn inward into the pulsations and reverberations of this realm. Eddies of sound gracefully engulf you as you are drawn ever further inward into deep vibratory waves that crash over you and send you into ever ascending emotions. Held in suspension during this journey, you eventually relinquish constraint, and fall into total bliss… Krylda