Еlectroforez / Электрофорез

Two bands from Minsk and two from St. Petersburg give collective thought to issues of self-determination. In all four cases, there's an awareness that freedom and fate are tightly bound.
A selection of lo-fi or garage recordings this week in Russia and Ukraine suggests a common worldview. Various social, economic, and even spiritual injustices lead to loud, amateurish discord.
Some musicians from Russia and Ukraine speak of how they have formed new ensembles. Easy-going collaborations become an appealing alternative to various social pressures.
Mineguide come from the ancient town of Smolensk. Peace, quiet, and ancient history all help the band plot their future career. That same need for a pre-urban expanse appears with other post-rock outfits.
A number of electronic projects around Russia announce their demise this week. They attribute that vanishing act to the laws of nature or "entropy," even, in ways that slowly inform an entire worldview.
The Kiev ensemble Marakesh has recently moved to Berlin. That physical relocation, however, is framed with some telling discussions of virtual or ideal processes - such as the workings of fate.
Two new recordings from St. Petersburg and Moscow reconsider Russian culture of the 1980s, plus a resulting fatalism. Two other releases take a different approach: they use noisy zeal in order to shun the weight of history.
Three sludge- and art-rock outfits from Moscow and St. Petersburg use absurdist elements in their new songs; society echoes that lack of logic. A fourth group, however, suggests an alternative, taken from Russian cinema.

Audio

Еlectroforez – Scaffold (Xiu Xiu Remix)
Еlectroforez – Pidlitok (Youth)
Еlectroforez – A Song after the Last Song
Еlectroforez – Vecher Prichesok (Leomday Remix)

Video

Balcony TV