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In Moscow, St. Petersburg, Perm, and Krasnodar a range of programmatic statements emerge from disparate musicians with new work. They all champion the creative process over any crude, material consequence thereof.


Against a backdrop of civic unrest, several Russian and Ukrainian performers opt for a more restrained or "estranged" aesthetic. They begin with the cool, mechanical operations of an old Roland 303.


The Moscow magazine Afisha continues to gather a wide range of songs celebrating the New Year. All of the performers involved juxtapose their individual hopes and dreams with the unlikely prospect of civic improvement.


Against the backdrop of a Russian tradition of politicized rock songs, four collectives in 2014 look for alternative values. They tend to be immaterial, in the best - and most romantic - sense of the word.
We have often written with both fondness and affection for the Ukrainian minimalist duo known as Art Electronix, based in the city of Kryvyi Rih. One enduring emphasis in those prior discussions has been a connection between A.E.'s music and its birthplace. Kryvyi Rih sits deep within an industrial region, which is increasingly challenged by modernity's transition from heavy to digital enterprise. A polluted address continues to huff and puff, producing large amounts of acrid smoke as if physically laboring under its own weight.
The work of Belarus' folktronica ensemble Shuma (Šuma) is currently defined with an intriguing turn of phrase: "digital archaica." Regional or national folk traditions are sought, saved, and vivified with modern technology. The musicians' preference is for folk material that was once - purportedly - used in "pagan rituals." The past offers a greater sense of civic discipline than the present. The band's current lineup is rather lengthy: Rusia and Nadzeja Chuhunova take responsibility for vocals. They are joined and supported by musicians and sound producers Alexis Scorpio and Nick Cherny. Behind them stand Alexey Budzko (bass) and Pavel Gorbach (drums). The last of those colleagues is already well known to us from his solo work.
The Moscow band called Motherfathers have long been associated with the capital's noise and experimental rock scenes. Now, however, they are publishing a drone EP designed overtly as sonic therapy. To general surprise, the musicians suggest parallels with Coil, Chris Rea, classic techno - and the soundtrack to "Miami Vice."