Four bands from Tashkent, Vladivostok, St. Petersburg, and Samara ponder the meaning of subversion. What defines a "rebellious" spirit and should it be directed against social failings?
Four young bands embody a spirit of protest, yet they're unnerved by the feeling that rebellion rarely changes anything. That combination of outrage and anxiety leads to a healthy self-irony.
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.
Four Russian bands champion their chosen styles, from "garage revival" to "quarter-tone rock," based upon Middle Eastern traditions. Across them all, diligence hopes to drown out reality.
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.
Four new rock releases from Belarus and Russia express forms of protest against typicality. Social failings give rise to a contrary mood: not everybody, however, shares the same level of self-confidence.
A selection of lo-fi or garage recordings this week in Russia and Ukraine suggests a common worldview. Various social, economic, and even spiritual injustices lead to loud, amateurish discord.
Four bands from Estonia, Ukraine, and Russia announce fresh material with a common worldview. In all cases, the philosophical value of silence transpires - the benefits of saying very little.
Three rock outfits from St. Petersburg and one from Tallinn announce recordings that draw heavily upon the appeal of irrationality. Both awe and wonder, it seems, lie beyond common sense.
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?