Two noise projects in Moscow see a connection between their recordings and the nation's social fabric. Similar ideas transpire far away––in Siberia's "Vovne" group.
A couple of rock bands far from Moscow ponder the benefits of avoiding its cutthroat industry. No matter how that might sound like consolation for a failed career, other ensembles tend to agree.
A handful of new lo-fi or DIY recordings leads to a discussion of "peripheral" enterprise, far from any center of national media. For all the problems that causes, there are also discernible benefits.
An overview of five acclaimed Slavic rap projects shows a decreasing similarity with Western fashion. Many aspects of Western rap are overshadowed by a unique and very local philosophy.
"Vovne" is a wide-ranging musical collaborative, centered in the Siberian cities of Tomsk and Kemerovo. Across considerable distances, a shared philosophy comes slowly into view, born of late Soviet experimentation.
Psy Vertinskogo are from the Siberian industrial town of Kemerovo, and - as we noted back in the Spring of 2009 - take their name from a song by cafe chanteur Aleksandr Vertinskii (1916-1957). This dog-loving, decadent star of pre-Revolutionary culture was never a representative of Russia's gruf...
A couple of days ago, an album popped up from the southern Siberian town of Kemerovo. It comes courtesy of a young band (currently reduced to a duo!) who go by the name of Psy Vertinskogo; that translates as the "Hounds" or "Dogs of Vertinsky." After fifteen seconds of detective work we stum...