This weekend on Friday we had the chance to witness the release party of the new Amphia EP, also featuring a new project that has come to light – Amorf. More precisely, a project of Cristi Cons, Vlad Caia and neo-classical pianist Mischa Blanos.
The event was held at a relatively unknown location, somewhere in the middle of Bucharest – a place called Quantic. The “underground” scenery of bushes and trees, dirt roads and that hidden location feeling was just what this type of party needed – that coupled with Cote’s visual art representation set the stage for a very interesting night and I was lucky enough to arrive early before the party started and I managed to catch a glimpse of the live act rehearsal without any kind of distractions.
As I sat in an empty room with a capacity of about 600 to 800 people, the guys from SIT and Mischa were jamming full blown, tuning their instruments for about half an hour to 45 minutes.
As they were playing along and finding their sonic sweet spot, I was in the middle of the dancefloor, listening and dancing to the beats that Vlad & Cristi were laying down, accompanied by Mischa’s piano performance. I was intrigued by the concept and the performance, to say the least.
Now, the word “amorf” refers to a certain quality of a material in chemical terms that is without form. Even though the music this group produces is well structured, the sound by definition is formless, representing only energy and vibrations. This being said, I have to admit that their preshow “performance” was quite jazzy and freeform, both from the production side that was being taken care of by SIT, and the rhythmic melodies and the harmonic expression that Mischa was bringing to the table.
Soon enough the party started with Sublee playing his experimental warm-up set. As the attendees were slowly piling up in the room, he has induced exactly the vibe that was needed in order to properly introduce the new act. A conglomeration of exquisite harmonic percussions and a deep groove to go with it, he continued to play melodic pieces that have a sort of an uprising and almost spiritual vibe to them that get you in the mood for a different kind of experience, delivering a greatly consistent performance.
As Sublee was closing, the room became full in the expectancy of Amorf. A calm and linear soundscape took over the venue as these three great artists offered something truly special for our club scene. A sufficiently classy and perfectly timed journey that had the crowd mesmerized, a whole new scenery amazed the attendees that appreciated it to the highest note. This genuine neo-neo-classical piece of art had changed the perception of time for its listeners, the whole soulful act culminating in a shower of applause that definitely unveiled the appreciation for this marvelous idea, also providing an excellent feedback that this type of spectacle is very welcomed in our circles. Important to mention is the connection this act has created between the participants, at an intensity which is rarely seen on this stage. Definitely something that we would want to experience more often.
After such a highly valuable act, it was the producer of the last Amphia release, Dubtil, whom took over the stage and he has done an excellent job in continuing the vision in a proper way. Offering a very organic dj set with a complex selection of sounds, the former member of NoiDoi is one of those artists that is evolving from one performance to other, improving constantly. Cezar took over where Dubtil left off and gave a legitimate view over what Amphia represents, as the professor whom delivered the tenth release thrown an ecstatic wave to the public with Dubtil’s “Repet Slap Repet”, one of the highlights of the latest installment.
This groundbreaker event was closed by a b2b that has not been seen in Romania until now, as Meander label boss DeWalta teamed up with Cons to distribute a deep and highly entertaining trip down the musical land, propelling a groove that made all the attendance dance for hours to come.
Now, a few days after this unprecedented experience, we would like to both thank and encourage the organizers and the artists especially, as last Friday we witnessed something that could be the future of electronic music in this industry.
words by Bogdan Danciu & playedby
photo by Alexandra Dorcu