uSSSy / УСЫ

One of the most powerful expressions in Russian rock of what - perhaps - lies beyond normality comes from Moscow's challenging, constantly excellent uSSSy. The band is currently a twosome, Artem Galkin (guitar) and Pavel Eremeev (drums) - although they have long been involved with colleague Aleksei Taroutz in other art- or math-rock adventures such as IAAOTL, Wogulow Taroutz Vermo and Kruzr Ken.

As a separate entity, USSSY itself has been in existence since 2007. The band's springtime recordings this year gave voice to some disconcerting aspects of Russian experience by drawing upon the "alien" traditions that lie along a war-torn national border, specifically with Afghanistan.

Galkin and Eremeev say their recordings may display "something of an Arabian or Persian tone... but they always sound 'fateful.' We've created a unique mix of Western noise rock and a traditionally [Eastern] folkloric sort of melody." If so, then these same "fateful" motifs remain something grounded in the imagination, rather than in experience. In other words, life at home creates and colors the impression of what perhaps lies beyond normality. "Of course it would be interesting to travel to the East and actually get to know some real musicians, but we've been touring around Europe instead."

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Московская группа USSSY была образована в 2007 году гитаристом Артемом Галкиным и Павлом Еремеевым,USSSY первоначально играли нойз-рок с элементами блюза, техно и блэк-метала. После выхода второго альбома группа стала дуэтом, Павел Еремеев пересел за барабанную установку. Музыка группы стала развиваться в направлении восточной музыки и воплотилась в альбом «UD», вышедший в Мае 2011 года.

Уникальное звучание группы заключается в специально модифицированной баритон-гитаре, на которой были установлены дополнительные четверть тоновые лады, по принципу струнных инструментов Ближнего Востока. Невероятный стиль и техника игры, разработанные Артемом Галкиным, отсылают нас к великим мастерам ближневосточных музыкальных традиций. Usssy так же используют нечетные ближневосточные ритмы с хитрыми барабанными рисунками. Некоторые говорят, что их музыка уносит в иные пространства и расширяет сознание, погружая в некую форму медитации.
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Audio

uSSSy – Rubab
uSSSy – (Sincerely Yours)
uSSSy – Whirling Grannys
uSSSy – Tar
uSSSy – Rave
uSSSy – Perkele
uSSSy – Bodun
uSSSy – Kombucha
uSSSy – Tajik Rock
uSSSy – Unicorn Seeking Pastures

Video

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