A must-hear for fans of fellow 130701 alumni Max Richter, Johann Johannsson, Dustin O'Halloran and Hauschka, Comprehension Of Light marks Dmitry Evgrafof's first ever vinyl release and offers a genuinely rich, deep and rewarding listening experience. A wonderfully conceived and realized work, its narrative conceptually clear and moving with the emotional power and precise logic of a great film score. Forged in a very focused period of composition through late 2016 until early 2017, the writing process of Comprehension of Light differed markedly from Dmitry's previous releases.
Comprehension... acts as a predominantly bleak sound-world. Eschewing the lyrical, piano-based impressionism that was becoming his hallmark, it instead unveils a constellation of heavy drones; low register brass and string swells; percussive rumbling/clacking; and sparse string composition. In places it recalls the subterranean weight of Jóhannsson's Miners Hymns, in others the work of Leyland Kirby/The Caretaker, or Eduard Artemiev disquieting score for Tarkovsky's Stalker. The album features contributions from Iskra String Quartet (The XX, Radiohead, Jóhann Jóhannsso), Abul Mogard, ambient genius Benoit Pîoulard and was mastered to tape by Martyn Heyne (Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick, The National).
Where Collage was a bold, densely layered and heavily augmented work with an expansive use of electronics and a mass of virtual instrumentation, this new album sees Dmitry upgrading to real strings and orchestral instrumentation alongside a more limited continued use of software instruments. A stunningly conceived and executed album, Comprehension Of Light traces a redemptive narrative arc and bears witness to a rising young talent in the field of modern composition. It feels like a major step forward.