In the case of 'Budapest', Georgian producer Rezo Glonti's second album, I perceive something of a cross-over between ambient, some cinematic/desolate post-rock and especially what I tend to call "Klaus Schulze-like stuff". In fact, because I was born in the eighties, this fine club of artists is mostly unknown to me or just anonymously and fragmentarily present in my musical knowledge database. I'm very grateful that my older friends are introducing me into (among many other bands) the psychedelic synths of Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Ashra or Jean-Michel Jarre's Oxygene.
Just checked whether my memory didn't fail me and while having a brisk listen of Oxygene Part 4, I thought: "Gosh, didn't know that this masterpiece is from this artist, although I know the track very well". I'm quite sure that my generation and younger often have this same thought if they love music as much as I do. The pile of unidentified, great music is gigantic and I can tell you, my friends, that it's always worthwile asking who made that album when you hear something familiar playing.
Back to 'Budapest'. The introduction immediately reminds me of a track on Biosphere's 'Substrata / Man With A Movie Camera', the first high-quality ambient/experimental album that I accidentally discovered in a record store, and thus an obvious reference when I explore other music in the genre. In the first tracks, 'Line In' and 'Pulse Added Two' we get a mainly techno/loungy atmosphere, relaxed yet sterile, but after that Glonti's album takes a different direction. The beats make place for dubby basslines and are accompanied by layers of soundscapes, synths, drones, field recordings - sometimes melodic and sometimes quite noisy but never in a chaotic way and never losing the main atmosphere of the album: gentle yet melancholic.
I've only known one Georgian in person, she was a colleague of mine, and it recurs to me that she was very gentle and a bit melancholic too... I actually love this kind of traits in people. Maybe that's why it's hard to choose a favourite track? The tracks are like gentle and melancholic individuals in whose presence I bask, but I'm not willing to pick one out because I feel connected to every soul in this group.
You can compare Glonti's music to the artists mentioned above, and more. I distinguish some Slowdive, Massive Attack, Mike Oldfield, Bersarin Quartett, Cecilia::Eyes, Nils Frahm, ... So if you're into a few of these, I don't think you'll regret checking 'Budapest' out. But be quick, there are only 149 CD's left...