In the absence of a clearly structured marketplace, contemporary music in Russia is increasingly a form of self-expression. Social impact is neither easy, nor especially wanted.
Performers from Moscow, Novosibirsk, Pskov, and Sevastopol cast a doubting eye on modern society. As a result, their materials grow quieter in anticipation of better, more isolated realms.
A Ukrainian compilation showcases a wide range of artistes from both sides of the border. Among those female voices, a shared viewpoint coheres, drawing parallels between lyrical understatement and social promise.
Tape Dubbing Records, based in Sevastopol, is a nationwide collective of dubstep and future garage artists. A compilation album has now appeared, looking further still - to Russia, Germany, and the UK.
Two new compilations from Sevastopol and Yekaterinburg are dedicated to diverse genres: indie guitar-rock and post-dubstep experimentation. Together, for all their differences, they highlight the value of collaboration.
Shoegaze, post-metal, and djent recordings are currently available from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, and Sevastopol. With varying degrees of drama, they all hope to escape the status quo.
Kimberley and Brunettes Shoot Blondes are two Ukrainian ensembles of the same age and approximate style. Their career plans, however, differ a lot. That difference seems attributable to their hometowns
The two tracks here form a debut EP from the ensemble U236. Over and above the fact that U236 are based in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol, there's very little to say. Any search for extra information will lead in several directions, in and around the same city. There is indeed a home pag...