Alex Genadinik paints with subtle shades of loveliness on the exquisitely crafted “On the Smolensk Road – Song With Meaningful Lyrics”. Perhaps his most revealing and passionate performance yet, there is a directness to the song. Much of this rests thanks to the tireless effort of Bulat Okudzhava, who originally wrote the song. Yet Alex adds his own distinct touch to it making it his own. Rhythms here features a vast openness, for the song have a naturalistic hue to it. Far away from the bustling cities, long empty roadways serve as the backbone for so many people. Less about travel and more about the relationships that emerge over those pathways, the exquisite beauty of the piece is undeniable. Done with such dignity to the source material the work itself has a cadence akin to that of poetry book.
The simplicity with which the sound is executed proves to draw from Mac DeMarco’s easy-going style. Like Mac, Alex too focuses on songs about not giving up. By doing so, there is a certain perseverance that permeates the piece. A vast bit of bliss puts his intimate, vulnerable sound alongside some of the relatable songs of Mountain Goats, for over the relatively brief running time, an entire life comes into view. Quite a fine addition to the pantheon of optimistic songs, this is the sort of piece whose message lingers in the mind long after the work has ended.
Crystal clarity introduces the work for there is a delicacy to the guitar work. Not complicated yet possessing such depth of emotion, there is a lot that is on display here. Restraint matters a great deal for the way the song evolves gives it such a stately quality. Melodies feature a classical sensibility at times, forgoing trendiness for an approach that feels much more timeless. Throughout the song Alex’s vocals are mixed front and center, taking command over the rest of the work. For their power there is a bit of tenderness that he takes into account. Every verse of the song has a careful quality behind it, balanced with the utmost of care. Within this work Alex relies on the power of the quiet, the contemplation that drives a person forward even during the most difficult of situations.
A powerful, highly empathetic work “On the Smolensk Road – Song With Meaningful Lyrics” shows off Alex Genadinik’s roots in a way that feels deeply satisfying.