RSAC / Red Samara Automobile Club

Four women from Moscow, Yekaterinburg, and Saratov offer new narratives on the ongoing struggle for self-determination. Those tales of increasing dignity stretch all the way to Los Angeles.
Bands from Yekaterinburg, Kazan, and Odessa with new material all speak of an unpredictable workplace. The need to network and change lineups, however, can also bring creative benefits.
In a musical environment that is either frustrating or constantly changing, any claims to permanence will ring hollow. Four new releases speak in support of humility. Just in case...
A Moscow duo decides to cut itself off from the world, in order to protect two private voices from public intrusion. Other kindred groups view those same social forces in much darker terms.
A new side-project from St Petersburg jazz composer Arman Sidorkin inspires a romantic tone of approval from audiences. Other recordings, however, need to push harder against reality.
Two labels from Vilnius and Yekaterinburg have published compilation CDs in celebration of their work and worldview. Both come implicitly to the conclusion their ideals are - ultimately - ineffable.
The Kievbass organization is extending its influence with new collaborations based in England, Italy, and Canada. Some simultaneous releases from St. Petersburg and Siberia are less assured in their outreach.
In a cultural realm ravaged by piracy, music rarely offers a stable career. Other, duller employment is required - in order to fund any creative endeavors. Championing lofty ideals, therefore, takes hard physical work.
A range of nu-rave and breakbeat releases look back to the Russian music scene of the late 1980s. Combined with the endless romance of the Soviet space program, a fruitful nostalgia takes shape.
Four recordings from Moscow, Yekaterinburg, and Kiev turn to the subject of disorientation. Both love and life online cause enormous headaches. Slowly, however, a picture of gratitude transpires.
Any music that invokes the style of late '80s synth-pop will have a special resonance in the Russian context. Put mildly, a lot was happening in the country. That same sense of heady expectation is now handled with mild irony.
Sounds emanating this week from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tambov, and Tapa (Estonia) share a common concern. How does innocence fare over time? And what ominous noises emerge from its failure...?
New recordings from Dolphin, Sansara, and Chaos In Heathrow all use the symbolism of correspondence or "dialogs" as a thematic constant. Love, in other words, is faced with a geographic and communicative challenge.
All three of these projects toy with elements of nostalgia or even tawdry, overtly commercial music-making. Nonetheless, somewhere beneath the irony, self-mockery, and sarcasm, a lyrical sprit endures.

Audio

RSAC – Maria (You're Drunk)
RSAC – Best Friend's Wedding
RSAC – Klient (The Client)
RSAC – Raneny (Wounded, w. Barto)
RSAC – Esche Raz (Once More)
RSAC – Serdtse (Heart)
RSAC – Kak Vchera (Like Yesterday)
RSAC – Algorithm
RSAC – Questions, Answers
RSAC – Alive (feat. Neon Lights)

Video

Red "Devyatka"
Darkness