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.
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.
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.