A new compilation of dour electronica appears from the Full of Nothing label near Petrozavodsk. Amid all the stereotypical assumptions of northern misery, an optimistic worldview takes shape.
Originating in Minsk, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Moscow, four new publications discuss the strange benefits of faltering and failure. In a mundane world, mistakes are a sign of uniqueness.
Four electronic publications from Moscow and Yekaterinburg express concerns over the noise and crudity of present-day experience. As a result, retrospection and nostalgia both have appeal.
Downtempo, garage, and glitch-hop tracks this week are bound by their composers to forms of social skepticism. A sluggish, moribund world prompts a certain sound. Optimism emerges only slowly.
On the heels of Mujuice's new album, "Metamorphosis," a number of electronic albums appear with related emphases. They all validate change over stasis - in ways that make any fixed utterance difficult.
Performers from Moscow, Novosibirsk, Pskov, and Sevastopol cast a doubting eye on modern society. As a result, their materials grow quieter in anticipation of better, more isolated realms.
The Nenormalizm label has announced a new compilation, bringing together a wide range of artists from neighboring lands. The connection between them all is a celebration of metamorphosis.
Moscow's Beryoza project releases another fine example of Slavic "ghetto" tracks, playing upon the meaning of provinciality in Russia and Ukraine. Humor and anxiety often coincide.
The Electrosound label in Moscow has recently been resurrected after a period of apparent demise. This return from the dead, so to speak, has been marked with a most impressive compilation album.
Several electronic composers investigate audible forms of introspection, but what they find is not always consoling. Sometimes there's a thin line between pronounced lyricism and anxiety.