As these performers list the professional or political obstacles facing their work, a nostalgia develops for intuitive, pre-adult experience. Those earliest years harbored some nameless values.
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.
Several new jazz and instrumental releases find good reason to celebrate complexity or surprise. They all share a desire to avoid the predictable crudity of commerce, mass media, and modern politics.
Romantic metaphors inform these new recordings, all borrowed from discussions of open forests, boundless oceans, and "schizoid" thought. Daily life, however, stubbornly refuses to cooperate.
Interviews surrounding several new dancefloor publications focus on the creation of local scenes. It slowly becomes evident that the role of friendship and collaboration is key in nurturing regional optimism.
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.
As Yungchen Lhamo and Anton Batagov promote a collaboration grounded in Tibetan prayers, other Russian artists have a different view of distant places. Hope and horror begin to alternate.
Moscow's Electrosound label has gathered seven drone or dark ambient compositions together. They are designed to evoke a sense of unease; slowly it becomes clear where such worries originate.
The power of retrospection endures in new electronic recordings this week from Kiev, St. Petersburg, and Krasnoyarsk. Nonetheless, even those memories are subject to material demise.
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.