Ranging from lo-fi wistfulness to noise-rock, these four collectives all look askance at social life. The only way for them to make sense of the outside world is through recourse to senselessness.
On October 27, the Big Samhain festival will take place in Saint Petersburg. It gathers a wide range of folk traditions from Russia, Scotland, Ireland, and France - to name but four windswept lands.
The noisy garage rock of two young Russian bands is, unexpectedly, a reaction their anxieties. Some grand alternatives to despair - fantasy and boundless optimism - also run into various problems.
Despite the wordless hedonism of modern dance music - and the universal workings of an entertainment industry, Russian performers maintain that local experience is unique. History looms large...
Moscow's Electronica label is currently celebrating past achievements and showcasing new colleagues. Not surprisingly, that dual focus - upon the past and future - leads to a philosophy of endurance.
Four bands from Estonia, Ukraine, and Russia announce fresh material with a common worldview. In all cases, the philosophical value of silence transpires - the benefits of saying very little.
A series of Russian and Estonian electronic recordings this week are dedicated to the appeal of a distant, "absent" youth. That same distance from adulthood can, however, become anonymity.
For many "provincial" bands, the appeal of some other, vague location is considerable. One step beyond a hope for somewhere else, however, is the allure of nowhere at all...
The Metagalaxy Festival in Chelyabinsk has become a center for abstract hip- and trip-hop. Not surprisingly, many of the regional participants share a desire to escape social crudity.
Three Moscow bands this week, together with a kindred Siberian outfit, focus upon the workings of romance. Objects of desire remain elsewhere, both insistently and incessantly.