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 Making Music Together in Belarus: The Mental Force Festival 2015 <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/the-mental-force-festival.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/the-mental-force-festival.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>The Mental Force Music Festival takes place in Minsk on May 22-23. It is designed both to showcase the best of Belarusian electronica and discover some productive overlap with Western colleagues. Tue, 19 May 2015 14:28:05 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/the-mental-force-festival.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/the-mental-force-festival.html A Prior Humility: Long Arm, AL-90, SBPCh, and Information Ghetto <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/long-arm-al-90-sbpch-and-information-ghetto.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/long-arm-al-90-sbpch-and-information-ghetto.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>As an implicit reaction to the growing pomp and circumstance of primetime Russian media, four new releases look back to the sounds and stories of childhood. Not with sentiment, but with purpose. Thu, 14 May 2015 16:40:11 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/long-arm-al-90-sbpch-and-information-ghetto.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/long-arm-al-90-sbpch-and-information-ghetto.html Sources of Comfort: Mana Island, Marina Nevgen, Karenin, & Amor Entrave <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/mana-island-marina-nevgen-karenin-and-amor-entrave.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/mana-island-marina-nevgen-karenin-and-amor-entrave.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>New LPs from Minsk, Izhevsk, Yekaterinburg, and Moscow ponder sources of consolation and comfort. One suggests that the greatest consolation is found in one's own domestic "cultural baggage." Sat, 09 May 2015 19:10:44 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/mana-island-marina-nevgen-karenin-and-amor-entrave.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/mana-island-marina-nevgen-karenin-and-amor-entrave.html New Names and Pain: Ploho, Srub, Zvezdi, Vhore, and Super Besse <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/the-bol-festival.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/the-bol-festival.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>In June a music event called "Pain Fest" will celebrate rock music from Serbia, Belarus, and - most importantly - Siberia. The bands from that part of Russia cultivate a link to the punk traditions of their home. Wed, 06 May 2015 18:41:03 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/the-bol-festival.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/the-bol-festival.html A Permanence of Change: Heinali, Kai Engel, Pole, & Gardner + Salnikov <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/heinali-kai-engel-pole-and-salnikov.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/heinali-kai-engel-pole-and-salnikov.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>Beginning with an improvised recording from London, these new publications all share a conviction that telling patterns exist in natural disorder. What's needed to discern them is dedication and hard work. Fri, 01 May 2015 17:07:24 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/heinali-kai-engel-pole-and-salnikov.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/heinali-kai-engel-pole-and-salnikov.html Retreat: Universe Inside, Cao Sao Vang, Low Orbit Satellite, and Radiokoala <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/universe-inside-cao-sao-vang-low-orbit-satellite-and-radiokoala.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/universe-inside-cao-sao-vang-low-orbit-satellite-and-radiokoala.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>Placed end to end, four new electronic recordings from Russia and Belarus advocate a retreat into silence. Nothingness holds more appeal than specificity. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:54:19 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/universe-inside-cao-sao-vang-low-orbit-satellite-and-radiokoala.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/universe-inside-cao-sao-vang-low-orbit-satellite-and-radiokoala.html Four Distinct Albums: Alina Orlova, Kira Lao, Cload, and Mars Needs Lovers <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/alina-orlova-kira-lao-cload-and-mars-needs-lovers.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/alina-orlova-kira-lao-cload-and-mars-needs-lovers.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>Four new albums from Lithuanian and Russian performers lead to different interpretations of an LP - and why that format even matters any more. The answers, it transpires, depend on location and genre. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:29:34 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/alina-orlova-kira-lao-cload-and-mars-needs-lovers.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/alina-orlova-kira-lao-cload-and-mars-needs-lovers.html Pirates of the Past: Mumiy Troll, Electroforez, Obitel Telema, and Serdceder <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/mumiy-troll-electroforez-obitel-telema-and-serdceder.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/mumiy-troll-electroforez-obitel-telema-and-serdceder.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>The new Mumiy Troll album is entitled "Pirate Copies." Although a clear reference to copyright abuse, that same phrase becomes a talking point for several recent publications and their collective view of the past. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:34:55 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/mumiy-troll-electroforez-obitel-telema-and-serdceder.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/mumiy-troll-electroforez-obitel-telema-and-serdceder.html Light, Airy, and Meditative: Seven New Releases from Subwise Records <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/news-from-subwise-april-2015.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/news-from-subwise-april-2015.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>The Subwise label in Saint Petersburg remains as busy as ever. We have chosen seven new releases from Russian and Ukrainian artists, as proof that a common worldview is developing among them all. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:15:26 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/news-from-subwise-april-2015.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/news-from-subwise-april-2015.html An Odd Sense of Home: Weloveyouwinona, Xuman, Volchok, and KDIMB <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/xuman-weloveyouwinona-volchok-and-kdimb.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/xuman-weloveyouwinona-volchok-and-kdimb.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>One of the biggest - and most basic - choices faced by a Slavic band today is that of language. The same choice is often dictated by assumptions of better job options, either abroad or at home. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:22:07 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/xuman-weloveyouwinona-volchok-and-kdimb.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/xuman-weloveyouwinona-volchok-and-kdimb.html