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Kerkville | "Days"
TRB.027 | 2010/10/29 | CDR
contents
01 Red Dust 04:09
02 Rise of YS 04:21
03 On the Lake 04:51
04 Vault 05:00
05 Porcelain 04:38
06 Keeping It 05:28
07 Next to Me 06:35
08 Number 7 02:07
09 Bowed 04:44
10 Days 07:35

total duration
49:35

composed, performed & recorded by
Michalis Moschoutis, January-September 2010

instruments used
guitars (classical, acoustic, electric, lap steel, pedal steel) & piano on "next to me"

mixed with & mastered by
Dimitris Dimitriadis at Zero Gravity

graphic layout
Themistoklis Pantelopoulos, October 2010

cover photo
Theo Vranas
    The debut album for Kerkville from Athens, "Days" comes out in mid-autumn not only as a personal vehicle of Michalis Moschoutis, the man behind it all, but probably as a means for everyone. In the 10 pieces of the program, guitars (classical, acoustic, electric, lap steel, pedal steel) play the game, all of them sharing the first role but truly, in a sensible manner. It is the musical background of Moschoutis apart from his inner world, of course, which enables him to render his thought into music. Somebody might confess an aura of Christian Fennesz's processed guitar ambient in "Rise of YS", a touch of Matt Elliott's penitential chords in "Keeping It", Michael Gira's slow heart-breaking strumming in "Bowed" and even Godspeed You! Black Emperor's hopeful feeling in the closing "Days" and the isolationist melancholia of Gustavo Santaolalla's "Babel" OST in "Next To Me". His close friend and collaborator Dimitris Dimitriadis, whose invaluable input pushes Moschoutis' creativity output a step beyond into the world of sonic treatment, took care of the technical aspects of the album.

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reviews

Ross Baker | Electronic Music Reviews | December 2011
    A lot of independent music rests on the fact that it's independent. A cassette release, or an album put out by a respected indie label, means a lot to some people. However, some small scale releases transcend that. There are albums out there which deserve to be heard by thousands of people; albums which rely not on image or credibility, but on musical quality. Days, the debut album by Michalis Moschoutis under the Kerkville alias, is such an album.
    Days could easily be acclaimed simply on the fact it is made entirely using guitars (other than a brief piano performance hidden within track 7, 'Next to Me'). However, this is merely something to consider further when contemplating the quality of the music contained within the album. Moschoutis is a composer of great talent, expressing drama, quaintness, sadness and joy through his use of guitar. Sometimes, it is very straightforward and stripped back, such as 'On the Lake's minimal classical stylings, while sometimes it pushes towards the experimental, such as the ambient-esque processing involved in 'Rise of Ys', a particular highlight of the album. Closer 'Days' is an uplifting end to the record, which fits nicely after a previous series of more downbeat pieces. 'Keeping It' is a high paced piece based on acoustic arpeggios, while 'Vault' is a more dramatic number, more in line with post rock than ambient or classical guitar music.
    What is astonishing is that all ten tracks on Days are high quality: not a second is wasted. Some of the most outstandingly beautiful instrumental music I have ever heard is contained on this disc, and no greater complement can be given to a record.

Bauke van der Wal | Connexion Bizarre | July 2011
    The first album by Kirkville, from Athens. The cover shows a snowy mountain, an atmosphere which can lead to many styles of sound, but indicating a certain coldness. But 'cold' is definitely not the word that would come to mind listening to the album. The instruments used on "Days" are guitars: classical, acoustic, electric, lap steel, pedal steel and on one track, a lonely, lost piano can be heard.
    Michalis Moschoutis is a gifted guitarist, for which the album definitely is a showcase. He spent nine months recording ten tracks with a total playing time of about 50 minutes. The sounds are partially left 'as is', and at certain moments they are quite manipulated - however, still mostly recognizable as guitar.
    So you wonder if it's any good... Well, yes. It is definitely a high standard, as we are accustomed from Triple Bath, but despite that it is an enjoyable album, and good listening, and great artwork, and very well performed... it also lacks something. It's hard to put your finger on it, but it just doesn't 'fit'. The album will appeal to people who have an ambient collection, but also who, on occasion, still listen to Ry Cooder's "Paris Texas".
    One of the tracks is found on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijwlk_sGATM), giving a good impression of the atmospheres and exactly that feeling. It wouldn't surprise me to find Michalis in the credits of a movie for writing its soundtrack.