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A Sense of Movement: Miusha, La Vtornik, Mon.ka, and Camel Crock
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.
Four Vistas: Plane Passenger, More & Rel'sy, Motorama, and The Toads
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.
High above the Rooftops: TosyaChai, Dropps, Dobra, and SunMan24
As material constraints frustrate a number of young Russian musicians, thoughts turn to various kinds of ascent. Poems are dedicated to movement above the rooftops - and even into the stars.
Between Here and There: Htrspltn, Tilde, John Example, and Talnik
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.
A Series of Minor Miracles: Stoned Boys, Cola Koala, L.O.S., and Ext
New dancefloor publications from Russia and Ukraine this week touch upon the theme of hard work. It seems that elbow grease guarantees little; even the most diligent souls need an occasional miracle.
Deviations: Polska Radio One, Another Mask, Poupee F, and Mars-96
Amid discussions of a museum celebrating the Leningrad Rock Club, four young rock bands from Russia and Ukraine publish new material that doubts those early, social goals. Civic plans are now private.
Four Understatements: Misha Mishenko, Maguett, Speck, and Sö
Humility and understatement color a number of Russian instrumental releases. Their audible modesty is prompted by childhood memories, an eco-aesthetic, and disorienting experiences online.
Distant or Elusive Aspirations: Clonki, x.y.r., SiJ, and More Oblakov
Within a number of Slavic electronic recordings this week, desire is an enduring theme. Alternatives to dull actuality are sought in local forests, on distant shores, or within classic literature of the Nineteenth Century.
Archival Tapes: Ambidextrous, KLIM Beats, Elphy Ant, and Jwush
A number of new recordings concern themselves with the passage of time. That central theme leads to a growing nostalgia, motifs taken from childhood, and various audible aspects of cassette culture.
Slavic Noir: Serdceder, Fanny Kaplan, Parc Hotel, and Stone Submarines
Four new rock publications from Russian cities consider the likelihood of subversive song-writing in a culture where the weight of history seems great. Thoughts of sedition morph into acceptance.
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