The dark, dense forests of Karelia lead the Petrozavodsk duo Love Cult to conjure an entire universe of alternative dimensions. This tendency to prejudice dreams over urban actuality is found elsewhere.
An overview of five acclaimed Slavic rap projects shows a decreasing similarity with Western fashion. Many aspects of Western rap are overshadowed by a unique and very local philosophy.
The MNMN label from Kostroma does much to promote the philosophically anxious end of Russian electronica. These four projects yearn for silence and solitude, but "fate" has other plans.
Electronic and electroacoustic releases from Moscow, Samara, and Minsk pay attention to a range of hidden significances. Some lie within tiny objects, others lurk on the edge of burial sites.
The Monasterio Club in central Moscow is situated within the walls of an old and famous textile factory. The history of that building and the hopes of its residents find new voice in Monasterio.
Ambient and introspective recordings from Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, and (originally) Yekaterinburg all question the promise of local reality. Beyond depressing fact lingers a vague fantasy.
Using everything from pre-revolutionary photography to Miami synth-pop and dusty video games, these musicians all cast a glance backwards. The past promises more than an "anxious" future.
Various alternatives are suggested to dull and industrial typicality. They include looping retrospection towards childhood, bold surrealism, the open vistas of imagination, and major drug usage.
The Odessa artiste Nastia Vacuum documents two opposing influences: her hometown and the fact that desire strives elsewhere. A project from distant Syktyvkar feels precisely the same.
Drawing upon the Pre-Raphaelites, distant Siberian towns, and the sad sight of fleeting landscapes from a train, some introspective recordings find beauty in that which never stays for long.