Alexander Zaitsev's new instrumental recording refers to modern spirituality as a faint, flickering light in a tunnel. Some other Russian electronic releases this week concur.
Four women from Moscow, Yekaterinburg, and Saratov offer new narratives on the ongoing struggle for self-determination. Those tales of increasing dignity stretch all the way to Los Angeles.
Four house releases from Russia, Ukraine, and Moldova combine the traditions of Chicago and Detroit with Soviet history - in order to fashion an alternative to local, industrial reality.
Beginning with some references to a Sicilian martyr, these four Russian and Ukrainian bands search for an emotional alternative to tedium. As actuality grows duller, an "epic" option is required.
Three inherently acoustic traditions are subjected to a process of change. The more those variations come to light, the more they aid self-expression. The broader one's vista, the more subjectivity benefits.
We look at four young bass and downtempo artists, who collaborated one year ago on a Moscow-based project. Once that support system ends, however, solo work brings all manner of challenges.
Gosha Ashog and LeOnid_US are from Saratov and Novosibirsk. Against the sweeping backdrops of the Volga and Siberian forests, both men have developed a related view of time's wandering passage
Locky-Stocky and Helmut & the Call are stylistically different projects, playing abstract hip-hop and lo-fi indie pop. Nonetheless, what connects them is a similar outlook on life's inevitabilities - and the value of surprise
"Thalamus III" is a new compilation of Russian industrial and noise/drone performances, captured at St Petersburg's Red Club over the first two days of December, 2005. It remains a mystery why more than four years were needed to bring the material to light, but the wait was certainly worthwhile....