Some press and radio references:


James Catchpole, Fluid Radio

While the footprints we leave behind in our own lives – both for good and for bad – will vanish without a trace, Hidden for the Eyes leaves behind a soulprint.”…”Our perceptions only go so deep, for the most part paddling in the shallows. There’s so much more to life: we only pick up the tiniest part of the spectrum. The music here colours in the rest, colours in what we’ve been missing with an authentic vibrancy and a thermal of warmth, a prism dissecting colour and transparent light. “

Raffaello Russo, Music Won’t Save You

IT: “Lungo l’intero corso di Hidden for the Eyes si percepisce un senso di solennità e di consapevolezza creativa davvero sorprendente per un’opera prima e invece gestito da Bulko con consumato equilibrio nel dosare ariose suggestioni atmosferiche e passaggi di pronunciata intensità cinematica… Hidden for the Eyes sia non soltanto un’opera musicale di coinvolgente lucidità ma una proposta di affascinante sinestesia creativa, alla quale dischiudere anche occhi e cuore.”

EN: “Along the entire course of Hidden for the Eyes you perceive a sense of solemnity and creative awareness really surprising for a work before and instead managed by Bulko with consummate balance in dosing airy atmospheric suggestions and passages of pronounced kinematic intensity … Hidden for the Eyes is not only a musical work of engaging lucidity but a proposal of fascinating creative synaesthesia, to which also open eyes and heart.”

Peter Van Cooten, Ambientblog

“Alapastel expands the borders of post-classical music.”

Marek Danko,

SK: “V marci je trochu unáhlené hovoriť o platni roka, ale táto nahrávka by prvenstvo v kategórii najväčšie tuzemské prekvapenie mohla získať s jasným prehľadom.”

EN: “In March, it’s a little rashly to talk about the platinum of the year, but this record would be the first in the category of the biggest domestic surprise to gain with a clear overview.”

Jan Willem, Subjectivisten

NED: “Bulko heeft een uiterst vrije manier van muziek maken, wat heel veel bijzondere, unieke momenten oplevert. En niet onbelangrijk, ook van een immense schoonheid. Maar luister vooral zelf middels onderstaande link!”

EN: “Bulko has an extremely free way of making music, which yields many special, unique moments. And not unimportant, also of immense beauty.”

Mike Lazarev, Headphone Commute

“Alapastel is a labour of love, both from the Slovakian composer and producer Lukáš Bulko, of course, but also from James Murray who carefully handcrafted this limited edition “for people who treasure beautiful audio artefacts.”

Rudy Carrera, A miscellany of tastefull…

“a mesmerizing blend of contemporary classical music, a touch of musique concrète, and maybe a speck of post-rock in a way not dissimilar to Ólafur Arnalds.”

Drifting , Almost Falling

“If music has become a bit predictable for you and you like it a bit on the darker, more experimental side of the fence then Alapastel’s debut may just be right for you.”

(* Noteworthy thing about this track by track – vocal & instrumental analysis of whole album is that the author of this analysis deliberately does not visit artists pages, read booklets, or listen to music from the address someone recommends. He does not want to be affected, so only perceives the recording based on listening and its name.)

François Bousquet, Ether Real

FR: “Avec sa belle longueur d’ensemble, Hidden for the Eyes se fait alors nettement plus intéressant que ce qu’on pouvait imaginer de prime abord.”

EN: With its beautiful overall length, Hidden for the Eyes is then much more interesting than one could imagine at first glance.

Bulko’s material exemplifies an undeniably remarkable level of craft, with multiple genres intrepidly tackled like it’s the most natural thing in the world. … To call Hidden For The Eyes assured hardly does it justice.

Radio Študent, FM 89,3

SLO: “Ideja ponovnega obujenja narave je vse prej kot dolgočasna, v takšnem življenju se skriva občutek počasno razvijajoče se miline. Prav takšen občutek idilične narave pa bi nas lahko preplavil tudi ob natančnem prisluhnenju albumu Hidden For The Eyes

EN: “The idea of re-training of nature is all but boring, in such a life a feeling of slowly evolving grace is hidden. Such a feeling of idyllic nature could overwhelm us with precise listening to the album Hidden For The Eyes, recently released by the Slovak composer Lukas Bulko, better known as Alapastel.”

Exclusive pre-release track premiers:

Bride of the Mountains, Slowcrat Records premiere

Solar System for Nina, Fluid Radio premiere

Seashell, XLR8R premiere

Demon, Headphone Commute premiere


XLR8R – Slovakian Composer Lukáš Bulko (a.k.a Alapastel) Preps Beautiful Electronic Ambient Album – Debut slovenského projektu Alapastel ešte nevyšiel a už má vo svete skvelé ohlasy – Britské vydavateľstvo vydá Slovákovi debutový album. Nahrával ho osem rokov


Sonofmarketing – [Streaming]: Alapastel – “Bride Of The Mountains”

Indierockmag – tracklist

Ultimae Records – Discover

Soap Company – March Recommends (“Transmission compositions from Slovakian producer Lukáš Bulko. Otherworldly, outlying but with real spiritual skeletons”) – Ambientowe rekomendacje – marzec 2018

Selected Radio & mix appearances:

Rádio_FM: D2_FM (24.2.2018, interview with Lukáš Bulko 1:17:33 & Bride of the Mountains), Osmička – slovak hitparade (8.4.2018 interview with Lukáš Bulko 7:44-20:13 + song Seashell, 15.4.2018, 15.4. (Seashell), Hudba Sveta_FM, 7.3.2018 (Bride of the Mountains) D2_FM 24.3.2018 (Seashell & Solar System for Nina), Pomalá hudba (1.4.2018 song Encounter, 8.4.2018 song Encounter, 15.4.2018 Bride of the Mountains), Experimental_FM 2.4.2018 (Encounter, Seashell. Bride of the Mountains, Frozen Lakes, Fog and Snow), Experimental_FM (10.4.2018 – special Slovak edition)

Resonance FM radio show Analogue Chat (Interview with James Murray, Slowcraft Records, include songs: Encounter & Frozen Lakes, Fog and Snow)

BBC 6, 15.4.2018 Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone, (from 1:19:30 Bride of the Mountains)

Concertzender Nederland radio – 230 Volt. Contemporary Electronic Music #55 (song – Peaceful Soul In Calm Ocean)

Tome to the Weather Machine Podcast 022 (song – Bride of the Mountains)

Netil Radio – Morning Transition -15th April 2018 –  Sunday’s album of the week (whole album from 22:40), Netil Radio – Morning Transition – 11th March 2018 (song – Bride of the Mountains)

Soundart Radio – Its Just Music Baby. (closing song – Encounter)

Neotropic Radio Show on Reel Rebels Radio Volume 3 2018 (opening song – Tousled)

DreamScenes – March 2018 (song – Demon)

The Seventh Wave 160318 Electronica Radio Show (song – Demon)

Resonance FM – A Duck in a Tree 2018-02-24 | Now and Wherever (song – Peaceful Soul in Calm Ocean)

Headphone Commute Mix – Celestial Waters by James Murray (song – Peaceful Soul in Calm Ocean)

Serbian Radio and Television – Noćne promenade (whole album)

Lithuanian Laima Persik – DiMENSiONS#43 (song – Peaceful Soul in Calm Ocean is “ oceanic evocation of serenity, inner expansion and boundless inspiration.”)

Senzor AM 352 – Subjectivisten / Netherlands, 5.4.2018 (Seashell, Bride Of The Mountain, Demon)

CJSW 90,9FM, Calgary, Canada (25.3.2018, played at 42:59 and sweetly introduced at 1:04:25)