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Marble Boy – Rainbows
Spotovsky – Blur Lotus
Olga Glazova – Water and Wind
King Imagine – Buffer Zone (w Illoncablo)
Sonornote – Waltz of Flowers (w Sobrio and Unlogic Thing)

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Genres

Dance

Some Russian recordings this week refer to their distance from the capital, directly or otherwise. Rather than fall victim to any stereotypes of provinciality, they instead see a benefit in remoteness.

Electronic

New electronic recordings from a range of outlying Russian cities draw parallels between their location and local history. A sense of distance transpires, both from cultural centers and the passage of time.

Pop

A student at Saint Petersburg's Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, Olga Glazova has won a wide range of competitions, both domestically and internationally. Her new album is released through FFM.

Rock

A couple of rock bands far from Moscow ponder the benefits of avoiding its cutthroat industry. No matter how that might sound like consolation for a failed career, other ensembles tend to agree.
Olga Glazova is a graduate of the Saint Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory and the recipient of multiple awards, both at home and abroad. Her biography commences in the storied town of Pskov, where - still a girl - she was once invited to try an ancient and multi-stringed, plucked instrument, the gusli. A classical education would follow, leading to valued collaborations with the nation's most respected craftsmen - who would build her the rare and expensive tools needed for a professional career on stage. Her primary collaboration has been with gusli master Alexander Teplov, who built Olga the world's only gusli with thirty strings. Tools in hand, she would then commences a long series of performances, all across Northern Russia and Eastern Europe. Now a recognized virtuoso, Olga Glazova has done much to link her audiences and even future students to the evocative sounds of an antique Slavic tradition, first documented in chronicles of the Sixth Century.
Various artists
FFM037
Opening track: "The figure of Miyuki can be tricky to describe for a number of reasons. Not only do we have a Japanese moniker that's clearly designed to hide any mundane identity. A second layer of complexity then emerges from gendered assumptions about Russian electronica. In a performative realm where men outnumber women by an enormous margin, it becomes difficult to say whether a second, female, and evidently non-Slavic name is real. In other words, one of the Miyuki accounts is linked to the networking profile of a certain "Lera Bauer" in Novosibirsk...." "Far from Moscow” is a project designed to aggregate songs and sounds (i.e., texts and tunes) over a very wide area. We also release regular compilations, dedicated to varied genres and digital material that might otherwise go unnoticed. These albums should help to slow the rate at which young and impressive performers move across the horizon. The same collections should also help to nurture new audiences, both at home and… far from Moscow. The tracks on display - this time! - come from Russia and Ukraine. All were published during May and June 2013. Within each file you'll find photographic, geographic, and archival information concerning the artist or band in question
Various artists
FFM036
Opening track: Anna Pingina. "Songs are born at the intersection of times, cultures, and ethnicities... The most interesting aspect of their development happens when somebody hears a traditional song - and then sings it in their own, special way. In doing so, they extend the song's life whilst giving it a unique melody or signature. Songs flow from region to region - and from people to people, too. It's never possible to say where they began." * "Far from Moscow” is a project designed to aggregate songs and sounds (i.e., texts and tunes) over a very wide area. We also release regular compilations, dedicated to varied genres and digital material that might otherwise go unnoticed. These albums should help to slow the rate at which young and impressive performers move across the horizon. The same collections should also help to nurture new audiences, both at home and… far from Moscow. The tracks on display - this time! - come from Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Uzbekistan. All were published during May and June 2013. Within each file you'll find photographic, geographic, and archival information concerning the artist or band in question
Various artists
FFM035
Opening track: "Xuman undoubtedly draw upon the synth-pop of the 1980s. It seems reasonable to suggest that the generally uplifting, optimistic outlook of that movement in the West forms a stark counterpart to the grim Russian experiences of the same decade. From a Slavic standpoint, therefore, it's a pleasing way to reconsider and redo one's youth. A 1980s' aesthetic redux." * "Far from Moscow” is a project designed to aggregate songs and sounds (i.e., texts and tunes) over a very wide area. We also release regular compilations, dedicated to varied genres and digital material that might otherwise go unnoticed. These albums should help to slow the rate at which young and impressive performers move across the horizon. The same collections should also help to nurture new audiences, both at home and… far from Moscow. The tracks on display - this time! - come from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. All were published during Spring 2013. Within each file you'll find photographic, geographic, and archival information concerning the artist or band in question