The Retuses

Ranging from lo-fi wistfulness to noise-rock, these four collectives all look askance at social life. The only way for them to make sense of the outside world is through recourse to senselessness.
According to Russian law, online portals bear no responsibility for what they host. The amount of available media, legal or not, is bewildering. In the middle of that mess, MP3 blogs start to establish order.
One of Estonia's "nicest festivals" has just concluded in the small town of Kilingi-Nõmme. Given the problems faced by major European events this year, how has the Schilling Festival managed to survive?
Four new semi-acoustic recordings consider the benefits of small-scale dreaming. Easy-going reverie may promise a simple existence, but it's also accompanied by material risk. Romance, so to speak, does not come cheap.
New recordings from St Petersburg, Rostov-na-Donu, and Vilnius help to reveal the workings of a modern-day, acoustic romanticism. Inspired by artists such as Bon Iver, these musicians value minimalism and even silence above all.
New recordings from Tartu, Saint Petersburg, and Samara adopt a minor lyrical scale. And yet, for all the obstacles of that miniaturism, we're left with the impression that romance actually benefits as a result. Big, bad actuality is kept at a distance.
With the release of new songs from trip-hop ensemble Rekevin in Moscow, the question arises as to whether that melancholy is tied to location. What, say, does a a related sadness sound like on the other side of the nation?
The Retuses are a small collective from the outskirts of Moscow who hold firmly to a rambling DIY aesthetic. Only thus, they argue, can they give voice to the movement of memory
In the first few days of February, a new compilation CD appeared in Moscow with the title of "No Oil, No Stress, No Noise." It was - and remains - the editorial work of Snegiri Records and music journalist Aleksandr Gorbachev. Mr. Gorbachev contextualizes the CD - in Russian - as follows: "This co...
The Retuses, at least at first glance, are part of a promising new movement in Russian music that happily/wilfully embraces extreme amateurism. Its very raison d'etre is a soft, shambolic cluelessness. Together with ensembles such as Padla Bear Outfit (in acoustic realms), or Iky Que (in electro...


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