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«Some of you that follow test tube releases might remember Ivan Kapec's groovy guitar sounds back from 2008's release tube113 (Triangulizona's amazing album 'Flossy').
Well, Ivan is back with a solo release, 'The path of love', which he subtitled: 'Solo guitar pandiatonic free improvisation'. Most of the album tracks were captured as free improvisations, except for the title track 'The path of love' and 'Susret' which were originally composed for a 'dance performance movie' called 'Happily Ever After' (Vimeo link for the trailer), directed by Vladimir Koncar (also responsible for the Triangulizona live show visuals). However, the tracks that Ivan composed for the movie feature Hrvoje Galler playing the piano, while the new versions presented here were recorded with Ivan playing just his acoustic guitar, like everything else on this album.

Ivan explains the reasons behind this album: "(...) 'Happily Ever After' had in the begining been titled 'The path of love', but Vladimir changed it later. But, for me the original title was very suitable for the material which I worked solo.
I recorded many tracks in two years, thinking about making a solo acoustic album. Some of them were recorded at home."

While recording the final versions, Ivan decided that the music lacked - his words - "proper emotionally common sound and technical audio quality" - so he decided to re-record them in a single session at a professional studio in Zagreb, to maintain the true improvisation 'soul' but with a better sound quality overall, without overdubs, overedits and usual post-production changes.

'The path of love' is an intimate acoustic guitar session, and should be listened to in a peaceful setting, preferably with headphones, in dim light or complete darkness. Enjoy.»
- test tube

Downloads:

01 Preludij
  [2'08'' • 2,91Mb • VBR]
02 Serenada
  [6'00'' • 8,29Mb • VBR]
03 Dvije minute do
  [2'36'' • 3,67Mb • VBR]
04 Cesta
[4'24'' • 5,91Mb • VBR]
05 The path of love
  [5'51'' • 7,92Mb • VBR]
06 Putopis
  [2'43'' • 3,59Mb • VBR]
07 Das Erste
  [8'59'' • 12,0Mb • VBR]
08 Susret
  [3'13'' • 4,43Mb • VBR]
09 Netko drugi
  [4'41'' • 6,46Mb • VBR]
  artwork
  [PDF-Zip • 2,49Mb]
  all tracks + artwork
  [Zip • 57,3Mb]

Reviews:

«Acoustic guitar in reflexive mode, without words. For foggy mornings, lazy afternoons and quiet nights.»
- Netlabels Go Pop / April 06, 2012

«Ed ecco qua una netlabel storica: la portoghese test tube, presente sulle scene dal lontano 2004...8 anni e 249 release portati decisamente bene! In questa occasione ci presenta un album estremamente piacevole e di assoluta distensione: "The path of love". L'autore è il chitarrista/compositore croato Ivan Kapec (Zagabria). Con un notevole background alle spalle, tra cui 2 album con la croata Dancing Bear, borse di studio e seminari, collaborazioni per la composizione di colonne sonore ed esibizioni live in molte nazioni europee, Ivan Kapev è inoltre attivo come chitarrista nelle band Capisconne e Triangulizona (scaricate l'ottimo  "Flossy" [tube113] del 2008). "The path of love" contiene tracce composte nel corso degli ultimi due anni, ma durante le sessioni finali in studio, Ivan si accorge che i brani non hanno il giusto appeal e la qualità audio ottimale e così decide di rifare il tutto andando in uno studio a Zagabria ove ri-registra ogni traccia in una singola sessione e senza sovraincisioni: il risultato finale è eccellente. Si può cogliere l'umanità delle piccole sbavature in una riverberazione pressochè perfetta. E' un piacevole cullarsi tra arpeggi che "surfano" nell'aria...ideale l'ascolto in una stanza in penombra, dove è gradevole captare anche le vibrazioni di corde inopportune. Mi abbandono nella title-track, tra tormento e celestialità...sofferenza racchiusa all'interno di un palloncino di un bambino giustamente curioso, che prima trattiene e poi rilascia, osservando e gioendo delle piroette nel limpido cielo...dov'è l'aria? dov'è la sofferenza? Se si trova l'approdo all'esatta permeabilità cognitiva, "The path of love" sa colmare anima e corpo di una beatitudine e un'armonia universali.»
- NetMusic Life / April 04, 2012

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