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Modern Challenges, Old Solutions: Birdy Oo, Jars, Eeva, and Re1ikt
Three Moscow rock groups speak of their professional lives in terms of similar, often trying challenges. In order to fashion a worldview to match those daily burdens, one band from neighboring Belarus looks back in time.
Volition and Volume: Avias, Klad Yada, InVerse, and Slow Suicide
The issue of destiny emerges clearly in some new releases from Russia and Belarus. Over four separate publications, we see the role of "fate" increase. It is first countered with volume - and then met with grim resignation.
Intuitive Noise: Electrate, Cosmonauts Day, Colour Dreams, and Knyaz Mishkin
Four bands from Moscow, Riga, and Minsk all work hard to avoid the limitations of language and other formal constraints. What lies beyond the security of tradition, however, is far from clear...
Three Wishes: Mermaids of the Lipetsk Shed, Thehappymask, and Dancedancedance
Three rock outfits from Kazan, Lipetsk, and Kursk take very different views of predestination. They embody romantic melancholy, decadent demise, and a hedonistic dismissal of fate... in favor of the dancefloor.
History as Psychedelia: Trail Records, Akana-NHS, and Ole Lukkoye
One of the primary differences between Western and Slavic rock traditions is the enduring relevance of folklore. Somewhat surprisingly, the conservation of that heritage is often used for very subversive purposes.
Considerations of Childhood Fantasy: Zorge, One Gin Please, and Trud
The ensembles under investigation here range in age, experience, and renown. Nonetheless, they all consider the role of childhood as an intermediary between fantasy and reality. None of the conclusions are terribly jolly.
Traditionalists and Iconoclasts: Hypnotist, Crimson Butterfly, and V. Dudkin
New recordings from Kazan, Nizhnii Novgorod, Togliatti, and Moscow offer very different views of the rock canon. Nonetheless, they all share an awareness that innovation and anxiety often go hand in hand.
A Darker Side of Happiness: Wasp'n'Hornet, Sabaka, and Jack Wood
A handful of bands from Minsk, Moscow, and Tomsk invoke some well-established aspects of the rock canon for their newest songs. For all that heritage of rebellion and dissent, though, some very different ideals shine through.
A Search for Constant Values: New Songs from Leningrad and Rockerjoker
Leningrad and Rockerjoker (Minsk) have both published new albums. Across these recordings we find a desire to celebrate various small-scale, familial values - at a time of civic failure. Some of those values come in traditional liquid form
Three Shades of Limelight: I Drug Moi Gruzovik, Pilar, and Ekam Sat
Three bands from Moscow, Perm, and Dnipropetrovsk mark three different stages of a musical career. They represent an unbridled romance, early struggles with audience affection, and a return to life away from the limelight
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