Three new compilation albums bring together dance tracks from Russia, Belarus, and Estonia. A range of producers from small towns and provincial cities join forces––in new networks.
Four publications this month are dedicated to themes of transformation and metamorphosis. Despite their differing styles, they find common ground in a celebration of good-natured change.
As magazines and festivals seek to promote young musicians, they speak of great promise and flourishing local scenes. The performers themselves are less sure.
Some new publications reflect a struggle with institutionalized hassles: the academy, journalistic dispproval, issues of copyright, and "grown-up" cynicism. An alternative is needed.
The Estonian label Ounaviks continues to produce a wide and wonderful range of folk reinterpretations for a new generation. From within that antique heritage comes a reconsidered worldview.
Maarja Nuut is an Estonian fiddler, revealing psychedelic aspects within folk performance. That same overlap of sprawling nature and fantasy emerges in a number of Russian releases, too.
Three bands from Kiev, Moscow, and rural Estonia all invoke some rock traditions of the "psychedelic" '70s. Today, however, that adjective plays a very different role, one closer to social networking than to anything chemical.