A couple of rock bands far from Moscow ponder the benefits of avoiding its cutthroat industry. No matter how that might sound like consolation for a failed career, other ensembles tend to agree.
These Russian collectives all invoke the theme of emptiness in their newest recordings. Beyond the limits of dull actuality lie other towns, countries, and even planets. They are all frustratingly absent.
These four bands from disparate Russian locations share a romance that's directed towards isolated, imprecise objects of desire. Local existence often fails to please; hope looks elsewhere.
Three of these projects epitomize a very English melancholy or turn instead to the dark and fuzzy registers of witch-house. The fourth locks itself in a bathroom until somebody starts writing music.
A number of quiet, introspective recordings this week toy with the boundaries of chillwave and soft rock. As simultaneous releases ponder a greater degree of confidence, other poets and traditions are drawn upon. Such as funk-rock!
A handful of new EPs and mini-albums this week show the importance of persistence over inspiration. That same validation of endurance then gets romanticized, turning difficulty into a badge of honor.
Although shoegaze and dreampop are two styles designed to evoke a rather "homeless" ambience, some recent Minsk and Moscow examples prove different. They both show signs of local experience.
These four new net-singles from Moscow, Rostov-na-Donu, Dnipropetrovsk, and Komsomolsk-na-Amure differ greatly in style. When it comes any audible worldview, however, a large overlap is evident.
Ned Hoper, Aerofall, and Zazazone are all connected to other ensembles or collaborative endeavors. These bands all ponder various alternatives to haughty, self-assured creativity through humbling and social enterprise.
Shoegaze and indie-pop traditions have (re)appeared in interesting ways this week. A handful of releases show how an escapist style, willy-nilly, is tied to specific locations. Songwriting contexts, physically speaking, play an important role.
New recordings from Mogilev, St Petersburg, and Moscow all tend towards introspection and a related, muffled soundscape. The contexts for self-doubt are found everywhere - all the way from love stories to imagined space flight.
The Moscow magazine "Look at Me" recently chose a handful of promising songs from unknown artists. The songs were then given to some equally intriguing and youthful producers...
Two young ensembles from Moscow draw upon the romance of "unfinished" traditions within Soviet culture. Domestic rock music of the 1970s and tales of socialist space flight are both re-imagined
Zimavsegda and White Wishes are both connected to St Petersburg, yet have other links to Volgograd, Berlin, and beyond. What bonds them all, it seems, is a sense of quiet melancholy
Utro are from Rostov-na-Donu and an extension of the popular band Motorama. Despite these deep local roots, they owe just as much to the Manchester scene of the early 1980s
This week sees the release of a debut album from Motorama, a band from the southern river-port of Rostov-na-Donu. The disc is entitled "Alps," consists of nine tracks and runs for almost 36 minutes.  Since it can be downloaded for free, it's largely reliant upon the enthusiastic promo-work of str...
A young and willfully anonymous outfit from Moscow called Utro ("Morning") have just released a five-track, fifteen-minute EP, "Semnadtsaoe noiabria" (Seventeenth of November). The band members offer no information about themselves save a few initials and associated instruments: "I. (bass); M. (...


Motorama – Special Day
Motorama – She Is There
Motorama – White Light
Motorama – Far Away From The City
Motorama – Empty Bed