Perfect Aesthetics showcase – ambient synth romanticism at Mayhem
Preview by Ivna Franić
This Thursday at Mayhem, Moral Defeat presents a showcase from the Russian label, Perfect Aesthetics, featuring performances by Burning Pyre, Måla, Marble Bust and Ato Vari, with DJ support from Yuri. An evening of ambient synth romanticism to accidentally, or perhaps not, take place on Valentine’s day.
Founded in 2015 by Arthur Kovaløv, Perfect Aesthetics has released a number of cassette and digital releases promoting mainly but not exclusively Russian talent. The label’s signature lo-fi ambient melancholia garnished with a touch of synth-pop, industrial and/or modern classical does not veer too far from the aesthetics Copenhagen’s very own Janushoved or early releases from Posh Isolation, which is only one of the reasons why Mayhem feels like a perfect fit for this show. Appropriately enough, both of those labels are represented by the local support acts, with Janushoved’s Yuri in charge of DJ-ing duties and Ato Vari—who released his 2017 drone tape “Brevis” on Posh Isolation—playing a live set.
Perfect Aesthetics brings three acts to showcase what it’s all about. Hailing from UK is the experimental sound artist C. M. Owen aka Burning Pyre, who has two releases on the label so far—2018’s dreamy electronic album “The Look of Love”, and the 2016 tape of lo-fi synth soundscapes “Insipid Dalliance”. Måla is one of the several aliases used the Russian experimental musician and co-founder of the Saint Petersburg label Sination, Eduard Tchaika. The lush ambient tracks that made up his latest album “Add Star To” have recently been reworked for the remix album “Add Star To Remixes” by his label-mates—including both Burning Pyre and Marble Bust, also performing at the event. Although the latter seems to have only been featured on the aforementioned remix collection so far, as well as on another one of label’s various artist’s compilations called “Shelter”, Marble Bust confidently boasted some compelling beat-infused ambiance on both occasions.
Info: Perfect Aesthetics showcase takes place this Thursday, February 14th from 20:00 at Mayhem, Ragnhildgade 1. Tickets are 70 kr.