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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrei Oid is a Riga-born exponent of ambient and minimal techno. He expresses distaste for the aesthetic and audiences of mainstream music. This flight from convention soon becomes dramatic.
Moscow's Anton Maskeliade has a new single that furthers his investigations into improvised performance. The same validation of spontaneity appears in a new Siberian netlabel, Hair Del.
Looking for inspiration, these four new recordings often turn to the sound of prior decades. They also invoke distant places, ranging from the UK, France, or Spain to Romania and South Africa.
Some St. Petersburg electronic recordings discern a happy overlap between the workings of nature and a minimalist soundscape. Civic clamor, however, often sounds louder - and more crudely.
Several new Russian and Ukrainian recordings are framed by talk of professional difficulties. Failings in the outside world are countered with calm acceptance and an emphasis on introspection.