Three new dance recordings from Siberia arguably share a philosophical connection. Does their place of origin lead to a specific worldview - something that endures as their authors travel?
These musicians from Russia, Ukraine, and Lithuania all have new recordings to announce. They also embody a happy indifference to a surrounding world of public failure.
In a musical environment that is either frustrating or constantly changing, any claims to permanence will ring hollow. Four new releases speak in support of humility. Just in case...
Recent downtempo and trip-hop releases consider a common object of their varied desires. Distant towns - and even some unnamed stars - seem a pleasant alternative to the here and now.
Four new recordings from Russia, Ukraine, and Lithuania are dedicated to the appeal of absence. Being somewhere - anywhere! - else is an alluring alternative to local reality.
The Stereoleto Festival in St. Petersburg will take place in mid-July, 2013. Over and above the international headliners, much time is given to young Russian bands - for a very good reason.
Some electronic recordings from Siberia and beyond express gratitude for simple joys. The hollow experiences of modern business make family life look especially appealing and rewarding.
In our second overview of Krasnodar's Aura Music, we find that certain values come to the fore. None of them are bound to financial or material success.
As professional pressures increase around young artists, three responses transpire: look fondly to the past, adopt a new onstage identity, or plow adamantly onwards...
A series of downtempo, wonky, and bass recordings from Russian industrial cities look for superior values. Nature's flourishing networks offer more appeal than factories and smokestacks.