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 High-Frequency Pressures: Cream Soda, Mamanet, Naadya, and Filatique <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/cream-soda-mamanet-naadya-and-filatique.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/cream-soda-mamanet-naadya-and-filatique.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>Using either canonical or peripheral dance-floor sounds, four publications from Russia and Ukraine consider the growing "pressure" of stately intent upon private whim. Mon, 02 May 2016 16:22:54 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/cream-soda-mamanet-naadya-and-filatique.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/cream-soda-mamanet-naadya-and-filatique.html Improvisation: Artemiev, A. Toymintseva, M. Kutskova, and A. Rostotskaya <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/artemiev-a-toymintseva-m-kutskova-and-a-rostotskaya.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/artemiev-a-toymintseva-m-kutskova-and-a-rostotskaya.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>Four recent publications from solo artists in both Russian jazz and pop music are dedicated to themes of individual effort––and the related risks thereof. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:06:33 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/artemiev-a-toymintseva-m-kutskova-and-a-rostotskaya.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/artemiev-a-toymintseva-m-kutskova-and-a-rostotskaya.html A Shared Silence: Petlia Pristrastiia, Say My Name, Volchok & Weary Eyes <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/petlia-pristrastiia-say-my-name-volchok-and-weary-eyes.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/petlia-pristrastiia-say-my-name-volchok-and-weary-eyes.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>The traditions of Slavic rock are––even today––likely to be associated with wordy, political agendas. Four new recordings, however, pay more attention to silence. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:20:21 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/petlia-pristrastiia-say-my-name-volchok-and-weary-eyes.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/petlia-pristrastiia-say-my-name-volchok-and-weary-eyes.html Rhythmic Designs: Rave Smith, Roma Khleb (RJB), Tony Soprano & Mårble <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/rave-smith-rjb-tony-soprano-and-marble.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/rave-smith-rjb-tony-soprano-and-marble.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>Although none of these recordings are dance music in the strictest, most canonical sense, their dalliance with rhythmic escapism and abandon is crucial. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:29:39 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/rave-smith-rjb-tony-soprano-and-marble.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/rave-smith-rjb-tony-soprano-and-marble.html Pine Therapy: Endless Melancholy, Pavel Chigarskikh, SiJ, and Furthers <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/endless-melancholy-pavel-chigarskikh-sij-and-furthers.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/endless-melancholy-pavel-chigarskikh-sij-and-furthers.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>A collection of ambient and drone recordings from Yekaterinburg, Sevastopol, and Kiev share a common desire. They all express a sage preference for solitude over city life. Silence often heals. Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:17:50 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/endless-melancholy-pavel-chigarskikh-sij-and-furthers.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/endless-melancholy-pavel-chigarskikh-sij-and-furthers.html Unvoiced Dreams: Sirotkin, Artek Elektronika, The Tairyfale, Kim & Buran <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/sirotkin-artek-elektronika-tairyfale-kim-buran.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/sirotkin-artek-elektronika-fairytale-kim-buran.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>As a series of new recordings take inspiration from the melancholy romance of Soviet pop music, the question arises: what about tomorrow? Tue, 05 Apr 2016 13:42:12 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/sirotkin-artek-elektronika-tairyfale-kim-buran.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/sirotkin-artek-elektronika-tairyfale-kim-buran.html From Yekaterinburg and Beyond: Sansara, RSAC, OQJAV, and AloeVera <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/sansara-rsac-oqjav-and-aloevera.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/sansara-rsac-oqjav-and-aloevera.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>The city of Yekaterinburg has a proud connection to the rock and protest songs of perestroika. Do any local bands from that city share the same convictions today? Sun, 03 Apr 2016 13:55:28 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/sansara-rsac-oqjav-and-aloevera.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/sansara-rsac-oqjav-and-aloevera.html Thresholds: Sal Solaris, Bisamratta/M. Sultan, Crane's Dreams, Borisov & Salnikov <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/sal-solaris-bisamratta-borisov-salnikov-and-cranes-dreams.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/sal-solaris-bisamratta-blear-moon-and-cranes-dreams.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>The new LP from Sal Solaris is dedicated to transgression, both in sound and society. Other electronic releases from various Russian cities ponder similar themes. Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:08:14 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/sal-solaris-bisamratta-borisov-salnikov-and-cranes-dreams.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/sal-solaris-bisamratta-borisov-salnikov-and-cranes-dreams.html Road Movies: VEiiLA, Romantiki, Vivienne Mort, and So Mnoyu Vot Chto <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/veiila-romantiki-vivienne-mort-and-so-mnoyu-vot-chto.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/veiila-romantiki-vivienne-mort-and-so-mnoyu-vot-chto.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>The future can be unpredictable in Eastern Europe. Four new recordings visualize tomorrow as a road movie, a winding or rocky passage, and a dead end. Hope is needed. Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:29:27 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/veiila-romantiki-vivienne-mort-and-so-mnoyu-vot-chto.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/veiila-romantiki-vivienne-mort-and-so-mnoyu-vot-chto.html Seven Kinds of Solitude: The Best of New Belarusian Songwriting <a href="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/best-of-belarus-2015.html"><img src="http://www.farfrommoscow.com/thumbnails/articles/best-of-belarus-2015.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="130" border="0" /><br /></a>The Belarusian magazine Experty.By has compiled a series of Top Ten lists, cataloging the best bands and recordings of last year. Tue, 22 Mar 2016 13:31:52 PDT http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/best-of-belarus-2015.html http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/best-of-belarus-2015.html