Four rock bands from Ukrainian and Russian towns present new material that embodies a marked tension between subversion and acquiescence. Discontent and acceptance find voice simultaneously.
The new film from Renata Litvinova and Zemfira involves much discussion of death as a tantalizing passage. For other artists, far from Moscow, physical distances take on an equally striking metaphysical air.
From an ancient Ukrainian city come the sounds of Pathetic Records, a label dedicated to extreme forms of amateurism. Noisy simplicity is espoused both in avoidance of primetime glitz and in order to survive (come what may).
These three collectives from Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Zhytomyr (Ukr.) all use a recognizably droll, even disinterested style of lyrical delivery. Behind that apparent indifference lies an intriguing view of the world.