Far from Moscow http://www.farfrommoscow.com/ "Far from Moscow" is a resource designed to promote, catalog, and consider new music from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, together with the Baltic nations (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia). In total, that's eleven time zones! en-us Words of Continuity and Comfort: Afisha's New Year Songs (Part Two) <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/afisha-and-2015-new-year-songs.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/afisha-and-2015-new-year-songs.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>The Moscow magazine Afisha continues to gather a wide range of songs celebrating the New Year. All of the performers involved juxtapose their individual hopes and dreams with the unlikely prospect of civic improvement. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:52:08 PST http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/afisha-and-2015-new-year-songs.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/afisha-and-2015-new-year-songs.html Looking Upwards and Down: IWKC and Art Electronix (FFM37 and 38) <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/art-electronix-and-iwkc-ffm37-and-38.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/art-electronix-and-iwkc-ffm37-and-38.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>Two new releases from FFM. One is Ukrainian, the other is Russian - and both are instrumental. The difference between them, genres aside, is in their attitude to the weight of the surrounding world. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:02:12 PST http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/art-electronix-and-iwkc-ffm37-and-38.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/art-electronix-and-iwkc-ffm37-and-38.html Subversive Sentiments: Torba-na-Kruche, Kurara, OPAL, and Scofferlane <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/torba-na-kruche-kurara-opal-and-scofferlane.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/torba-na-kruche-kurara-opal-and-scofferlane.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>Against the backdrop of a Russian tradition of politicized rock songs, four collectives in 2014 look for alternative values. They tend to be immaterial, in the best - and most romantic - sense of the word. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:45:04 PST http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/torba-na-kruche-kurara-opal-and-scofferlane.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/torba-na-kruche-kurara-opal-and-scofferlane.html Time-Honored Anxieties as the New Year Approaches for Afisha and Colta <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/new-year-approaches-at-afisha-and-colta.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/new-year-approaches-at-afisha-and-colta.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>Afisha and Colta are arguably Moscow's two most influential music publications when it comes to finding or fostering new talent. As December begins, they both consider the musical year ahead - with some anxiety. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:00:25 PST http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/new-year-approaches-at-afisha-and-colta.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/new-year-approaches-at-afisha-and-colta.html Abstract Worlds: Ewan Limb, Filatique, Moonscape, and Phil Anker <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/ewan-limb-filatique-moonscape-and-phil-anker.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/ewan-limb-filatique-moonscape-and-phil-anker.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>One might think that a challenging social environment would lessen the appeal of romantic wistfulness among young artists. A hard life might breed resignation or greater pragmatism. Nothing of the sort. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 08:29:49 PST http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/ewan-limb-filatique-moonscape-and-phil-anker.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/ewan-limb-filatique-moonscape-and-phil-anker.html Interactions: Cepasa, Krjuk, Eclectic Sound, Harry Light, and Ponty Mython <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/cepasa-krjuk-eclectic-sound-harry-light-and-monty-python.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/cepasa-krjuk-eclectic-sound-harry-light-and-monty-python.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>A Moscow EP and a Kiev LP together offer a dancefloor philosophy in troubled times between Russia and Ukraine. The five artists involved suggest that private virtues might improve public norms Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:56:21 PST http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/cepasa-krjuk-eclectic-sound-harry-light-and-monty-python.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/cepasa-krjuk-eclectic-sound-harry-light-and-monty-python.html Lasting Influences: Glintshake, TSUFA, 5 Vymir, and Bungalow Bums <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/glintshake-tsufa-5-vymir-and-bungalow-bums.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/glintshake-tsufa-5-vymir-and-bungalow-bums.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>From Siberia to Moscow - and even Kiev - a series of new releases admit openly to the influence of Western music from prior decades. A dissatisfaction with the here and now prompts lasting retrospection. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:30:26 PST http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/glintshake-tsufa-5-vymir-and-bungalow-bums.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/glintshake-tsufa-5-vymir-and-bungalow-bums.html Despite It All: Cooper Phillip, Baikal, D-Pulse, and Grisha Liubit Grusha <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/cooper-philip-baikal-d-pulse-and-grisha-liubit-grusha.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/cooper-philip-baikal-d-pulse-and-grisha-liubit-grusha.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>Cooper Phillip, as readers of FFM know, is a Los Angeles-based singer of Slavic roots. According to some well-worn stereotypes, Russian pessimism falls away once her career blossoms on a distant shore. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:12:56 PST http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/cooper-philip-baikal-d-pulse-and-grisha-liubit-grusha.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/cooper-philip-baikal-d-pulse-and-grisha-liubit-grusha.html Four Labors of Love: Komba Bakkh, Napo, La Vtornik, and Uplotnenie <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/komba-bakkh-la-vtornik-and-uplotnenie.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/cheise-napo-la-vtornik-and-uplotnenie.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>For all these artists from Russia and Lithuania, new publications are possible only after much effort. The daily grind and social indifference do their best to make creative work maximally difficult. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:36:36 PST http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/komba-bakkh-la-vtornik-and-uplotnenie.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/komba-bakkh-la-vtornik-and-uplotnenie.html Sculpting in Time: Talnik, Art Electronix, Copi Chon, and Love Cult <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/talnik-art-electronix-copi-chon-and-love-cult.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/talnik-art-electronix-copi-chon-and-love-cult.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>New recordings from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Seversk, Saint Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, and Moscow all turn their attention to the passage of time. In a realm of gaudy materialism and crude pragmatism, time promises more than effort. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:01:49 PST http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/talnik-art-electronix-copi-chon-and-love-cult.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/talnik-art-electronix-copi-chon-and-love-cult.html