Discussions transpire this week regarding the ways in which electronic music lacks an evident center online. Over time, however, the strange benefits of decentered enterprise become clear.
Moscow's "Fantasticka" collaborative actually represents a wide range of Russian locations and styles. Several members have now made an album together, singing the praises of common effort.
A couple of Russian beatmakers draw upon vigorous styles of the past for their new releases. Nostalgia brings consolation and inspiration. Slowly, however, the optimism and tempo both falter.
From a host of relatively small cities come peculiar noises. Each borrows from the romance of a rock tradition, but actuality soon undermines any confidence or swagger. Reverie takes something of a beating.
Four excellent female performers - and their colleagues - have new releases to announce. They come from the stages of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and... Nashville. Tales of creative risk and new lands come together.
A couple of netlabels from Kaluga and Yaroslavl frame new releases with a common philosophy. Both projects are inclined to stress the hedonism of the dancefloor, since real-world disaster seems inevitable - sooner or later.
A number of recordings now available from Kaluga, Moscow, and Novosibirsk all use themes of desire or dreaming in order to evoke "somewhere else." More specifically, they are driven by the appeal of distant times and places.
Recent ambient recordings from Kaluga and Ulyanovsk express trust and confidence in their rural surroundings. Some new witch house material from Moscow has a much darker view...
A brief overview of three projects from southern Russia and Belarus helps to show that the cultural relevance of quiet, acoustic performance endures. Especially in a loud social setting, where mobility can be vital
The Postman of Nobel and Arrok Cherez Okean are two seemingly unrelated ensembles - and yet they are linked by a common dissatisfaction with the cliches of rock performance