After the break-up of TAKO in 1981 their leader, composer
and keyboard/flute player Đorđe Ilijin worked as
archaeologist, music teacher and occasional producer.
In 1983 he decided to record a solo album where he played
all the instruments with a help from drummer Vladimir Furduj
(ex KORNI GRUPA).
The title of the album translates as "Eavesdropping Forbidden"
and is accompanied with cover art by Jugoslav Vlahović
(famous graphic artist, cover designer and former leader of
acid folk group PORODIČNA MANUFAKTURA CRNOG HLEBA) showing a back of a man's head closing his ears.
I suppose this was meant to suggest serene, whisper-like
ambient-meditative nature of the music.
Indeed, the lovers of PINK FLOYD (especially the albums
"Atom Heart Mother" or "Wish You Were Here") Mike Oldfield
or TANGERINE DREAM will certainly enjoy this record,
pieces with orchestral arrangements, lots of organ, piano,
synths and flutes.
Compositions are mainly done in slow tempo with
meditative, almost "new age" atmosphere.
This is particularly true about the best tracks on the album,
"Lako putovanje na druge planete" ("Easy Journey to Other
Planets") and "Balkanska meditacija" ("The Balkan
Meditation"), which come close to the better works of TAKO.
The opener "Mojim učenicima" ("To My Students") is obviously dedicated to Ilijin's music students with introducing noise
of teenage kids murmuring in the classroom.
Melody sounds oddly similar to GALIJA's "Da li postoji put"
released the previous year on album "Ipak verujem u sebe".
"Natasi" ("A Song for Natasa") contains heavier piano riff and
vocal whispers in the space rock style of IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI.
The second side of the album is a different with only blues
harmonica-driven "Putovanje" ("The Voyage") and jazzy
Tull-esque "Podzemni prolaz" ("The Underground Passage")
with excellent flute solo are worthy listening.
Album ends with the ballad "Pesma miru" ("Song for Peace")
where kids' choir sings "we want peace/we need peace/all
kids to have their mothers."
The last four instrumental bonus tracks (particularly "Waiting"
and "Leo Rising") are very good pieces of minimalist ambient
music combining electronic instruments with classical strings.
released February 15, 2002
keyboards, flutes and all other instruments