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Getting There: Lena Kudrina, Kawri's Whisper, Endless Melancholy & Isea N
The theme of time is foregrounded by several new publications, but their authors remain unsure of an ideal outlook: forwards to the future––or back to a superior past?
Twisting and Turning: Another Mask, Yawn Hic, WLVS, and Rivoli
Two rock bands from Samara join philosophical forces with new recordings from Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod. Taken together, these four outfits fashion a worldview to counter cocky "progression."
Lessons of the Past: Trud, Jaunt, Kirov, and Bicycles for Afghanistan
Several new rock recordings, all the way from Saint Petersburg to Simferopol, express doubts about grand spectacle. Better, smaller forms of interaction are found both in memories and on stage.
Fate: Mutaforiya Lili, Synecdoche Montauk, Fanny Kaplan, and Weary Eyes
Four new releases by baroque- and/or chamber pop outfits ponder a common theme of self-determination. To what degree do these youngsters feel any control over their increasingly social lives?
Ned Hoper (Saint Petersburg, FFM9): The Self Detection EP
Who exactly is Ned Hoper? There's no such person in real life, even though the band members keep insisting upon the Australian roots of their legendary frontman. Their explanation is full of imagination and far from fact.
Argo Vals: Oxymoron (Tartu, Estonia FFM5)
Argo Vals is an Estonian multi-instrumentalist and composer. His career can be traced back to 2006, when initial, DIY tracks morphed slowly into several Baltic ensembles. A reputation started to grow.
Battling Emptiness: Detieti, For You Earth, Tlushch, and Kshettra
From the outskirts of two capitals - Moscow and Minsk - come some songs designed to inspire. They discern a certain civic or ideological "emptiness" and hope to offer a consoling alternative.
Aspirations: Wild Pigs, The Seventh Floor, Silhouette, and Grand Astoria
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.
Distant Possibilities: Lucidvox, KSI, Bergen Kremer, and Surfgreen
These four bands from disparate Russian locations share a romance that's directed towards isolated, imprecise objects of desire. Local existence often fails to please; hope looks elsewhere.
Despair: Shop Assistants, 2MORROW2LATE, Forbirds, and Insane Prototype
Four lo-fi and garage recordings consider their relationship to rebellion. Is the deafening racket of a garage tradition suggestive of freedom - or an inability to escape actuality?
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