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Dance

Known in creative circles simply as OL, Oleg Buyanov has a debut (and double) album to announce on Moscow's influential GOST ZVUK Records. Entitled "Height Differences" in English (Перепад Высот), it is described as "a reconsideration of late-Soviet music.

Electronic

Minimalism is related both to constraint and wariness. Insight comes from excess – from too much and its obligatory failure(s), in service of the new.

Pop

Olga Glazova is from St. Petersburg and a professional gusli player of growing repute. Her chosen instrument, responsible for a quintessentially Russian and supposedly pre-urban sound, is a plucked-string harp. The gusli's roots stretch back to the lyre of ancient Greece...

Rock

Vmgnovenijah are a trio: Sasha Stroganov (guitar/vocals), Svyatoslav Vershinin (drums/percussion), and Pavel Klushnik (bass). Their ornate, almost unpronounceable stage-name is actually a deliberately odd combination of two words in Russian, which - when placed equally close in English - might read "Inmoments."
Clonki's music is dedicated to the fading fragments of some elusive majesty. Hints of something bigger and better than daily experience are both found and voiced; the work of a producer starts to suggest that of an archaeologist. Martinovich has spoken before of his desire to create "crunchy, heavy beats, together with a deep bass and all kinds of samples. As a rule, it's all spiced up with lo-fi sounds and crackling noises..." The interrupted signals of a limping, almost lost melody.
One of the longest acquaintances on FFM has been with the multiple projects of Moscow's Dmitry Peitsch. Hard financial times are producing another generation of protest songs or––at the very least––an embrace of noise, pure and simple.
Pur:Pur are a duo from the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv: Nata Smirina and Yevgeny Zhebko. Not surprisingly, they are usually joined on stage by several colleagues. Most important among them at the moment are drummer Grigory Oleinik and bass player Ivan Senyuk. Two enduring or trademark aspects of the ensemble's style would be Smirina's guileless vocal stylings and Pur:Pur's overall penchant for acoustic performance.
Speaking recently to the Belarusian press, Goron talks of his collaboration with Aortha. "Dzmitry and I are are surprised that our work is enjoying a positive reaction. People are both 'liking' and reposting the tracks online. I wouldn't say that I'm creating anything terribly unique here... But [in any case], this all began at the presentation of somebody's book in Minsk, and Dzmitry was performing as the guest DJ. I just went along to kill some time. We met at the event - and it turned out Dzmitry had long admired my texts. And then, when I heard his set, it seemed that Aortha's sounds were an equivalent to my words. All in all, it was something of a fateful meeting..." The sounds of urban dead-end existence would frame the language of a similar concern: Aortha and Goron found common ground and related noises. The theme of presentism emerged once more - in the face of certain civic "inevitabilities." As a little extra context, Goron then adds: "It seems our new EP called 'Dvoe' has plenty to say about anticipation [in life] and about the beauty of a single moment..."