Rihards Lībietis is a guitar player and composer from Latvia, blending acoustic fingerstyle, blues and chill-out music in one whole listening adventure.
From September 8, his newest album “Lines and Miniatures” is available on vinyl and also can be heard on all music streaming platforms.
Rihards Lībietis reveals: ““Lines and Miniatures” was conceived as a vinyl album right from the very beginning. Mostly because a vinyl album historically associates with a special aura, and instrumental music of such dynamic should be enjoyed with the highest possible sound quality. Also, this is my first work concise enough for one LP vinyl, so that’s an important reason as well.”
Vinyl has been released in a very limited edition – 150 copies are available in total. Vinyl can be ordered either on Rihards Lībietis bandcamp page or in Vinylla.lv. 50% of all income will be donated in support of Ukraine.
To celebrate this event, a new music video directed by cinema and video-art director Elizabete Gricmane has been made for “Pattern of Life”, a composition from the album. This composition deals with the search for inner strength and the inevitable conclusion about connectivity of all life. Concentrating on the composition's subtle dynamic, director Elizabete Gricmane has made a video using ink and milk to illustrate the changing nature of the world.
Elizabete Gricmane tells: “The title “Lines and Miniatures” gave a very clear direction regarding visualization of this music. Line as an entity that grows from time and a symbol of fate to our own biological figures where capillaries and layers of skin in our bodies create a thick and intricate network of lines – not unlike lines in nature from a bird’s eye point of view. Also the currents in water mix without any boundaries – just like human feelings.”
Guitars, bass, synth and electronics in “Pattern of Life” were recorded by Rihards Lībietis, cello by Erna Daugaviete and violin by Olga Bučinska. Composition was recorded in “No Fuss Audio” studio in Tukums, it’s recording and mixing engineer is Valērijs Černejs.
“Lines and Miniatures” is the second original music album by Rihards Lībietis. It includes 10 compositions that thematically illustrate feelings of living during a pandemic – especially loneliness, isolation and uncertainty. At the same time, the album also provides an inspiring and invigorating energy boost. Although initially planned as a solo album, there are many guest artists playing in the album – Toms Kagainis (drums, percussion), Erna Daugaviete (cello), Olga Bučinska (violin), Ieva Rūtentāle (flute), Matīss Repsis (piano) and Beāte Zviedre (voice). Album was made with the support of the AKKA/LAA Author Scholarship.