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Olga Glazova: The Quiet Sound of Something Absent
Olga Glazova is from St. Petersburg and a professional gusli player of growing repute. Her chosen instrument, responsible for a quintessentially Russian and supposedly pre-urban sound, is a plucked-string harp. The gusli's roots stretch back to the lyre of ancient Greece...
Remember Your Name (Помни Имя Свое): "Other People" (Иные)
The phrase "Remember Your Name" (Pomni imya svoe) comes from a rather severe Soviet movie of 1974, set amid the horrors of World War Two, specifically in frontline suffering and in concentration camps.
Fleeting Likelihoods: The New Subwise and Belka Compilations (2017)
Two important compilations of late have very diverse origins: indie tape music and downtempo idm or glitch. They are both, however, fueled by a lasting desire to be somewhere else
Firestorms on a Wounded Landscape: Ivan Erofeev and Zavoloka
Recent industrial publications from Kiev (via Vienna) and Moscow (via Omsk) juxtapose a factory-floor aesthetic with regional, chronically ailing networks
Keeping Silence at Bay: The "II Miracle" Compilation from Ezhevika
The Ezhevika label in Minsk, Belarus has published a new compilation of regional music. The contributors consider their bonds both to colleagues and predecessors.
Transported to a Cyberpunk Future: Raumskaya, Jekka, and Est, Est, Est
Three recordings from Saint Petersburg find themselves making social statements with tools taken from other towns and times. Cheap science fiction is especially enlightening.
Solo: Arizona Dream, A. Zaitsev, Sweet Mountains, Vejopatis & Giriu Dvasios
A range of new electronic recordings from Russia and Lithuania find increasing appeal in solitude. Belief and ideals both need seclusion.
Distant Storms: Holy Palms, Boris Grim, Pia Fraus & Show Me a Dinosaur
Either through the traditions of shoegaze or the older conventions of nocturnal and stellar imagery, four recordings look back towards a purportedly "Eurasian" form of solitude.
Fantasia versus Nothing: Smokey Hill, Delete, Sotus, Honey & Heavenchord
Four days after teachers in Dagestan were told their job has no inherent worth, various new recordings investigate fantasy and (absolutely) nothing.
A Broader Expanse: Aya with Us, Ne Tvoe Delo, ÁGNI & Pomni Imya Svoe
Various recordings this week explore the traditional nature of lyricism in Russian songwriting. History has never made self-realization an easy issue.
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