Olivier Samouillan and Project Zlust: How I Killed A Saint (2004)
Olivier Samouillan is a French viola player and composer, while Project Zlust is a music collective that makes music which knows no stylistic barriers. The compositions provide a surprisingly rich, full musical experience and the group's taste for intricate arrangements is apparent. The combination of viola, violin, cello, percussion, and double bass creates a unique, emotional atmosphere and the beauty of this release is caught both in simple melodic lines and in a dense sound world. Samoullian's mysteriously layered viola is both haunting and daunting as well as devastatingly provocative in its simplicity and ghostly beauty.
There are too many highlights to mentionlike the opening track, "Finale," "Koga Se Odi," and "Tromegje," with its oriental leaningsbut among the brightest are the Piazzola-esque tracks "Sad Trip" and "Anteo," as well as the forcefully rhythmic "Happy Tune." The material also features two traditional tracks ("Da Znaesh" and "Kir Yana") beautifully sang by Vera Milosevska and Vladimir Pop Hristov (who also plays cello). This soundtrack is a showcase to their musical depth and dreamy style, and the textures are haunting and deeply moving.
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Track Listing: 1. Finale; 2. Da znaesh; 3. Dogs duo; 4. Kirjana; 5. Mine field I; 6. Mine field II; 7. Nadir; 8. Sad Trip; 9. Koga se odi; 10. Temen Turbo; 11. Bus vibes; 12. Granata; 13. Tromegje; 14. Happy tune; 15. Budenje; 16. Anteo.
Personnel: Dzijan Emin: keyboards, French horn, vocals; Goce Stefkovski: drums, percussion; Vladimir Pop-Hristov: violoncello, vocals; Ivan Bejkov: double bass; Gazmend Berisha: violin; Olivier Samouillan: viola.
Record Label: Chicken Madness