Magnetic Ghost draws sounds from shoegaze, post-punk, kraut rock, freak folk, drone. The result is a unique brand of psych inspired by the beauty and isolation of open spaces, and the creeping anxiety of the human drive to fill those spaces. You don’t need anything else for a midnight meditation. Turn on your speakers and meditate with your neighborhood.
Hypnotic house track hailing from Durban, South Africa. Wesley McBain from Wezkez draws inspiration from the sounds of the 80s and vintage synths. Nostalgic vibes for sure as I am searching for a summer sublet in Chicago this summer with my bedroom windows open – if you know of anything, let me know 🙂
BLUE BARDOT will now be sharing international tunes in addition to songs by Russian & former USSR artists across the world. Each song is carefully picked and curated for you to enjoy 🙂
Here we have an indie dance tune from Montreal based trio, Men I Trust called You Deserve This. This dreamy summer lullaby is “all about relaxing, wishing good to oneself and others and the nostalgic joy of feeling part of the universe.”
Check out their track Lauren on Vinyl Moon’s Volume 18 record, Intrepid Curves h e r e
Adventures through Russia with St. Petersburg electro musician Bisamråtta
St. Petersburg guitarist and saxophonist Vladimir Luchanski who has taken on the pseudonym Bisamråtta (the Swedish word for muskrat) records meditative, ambient electronic music, that tears the listener from her city bustle. His new album, coming out on the Novosibirsk label, Echotourist, is dedicated to little adventures across Russia.
Vladimir Luchanski: Adventures have inspired me since I was a little kid. It just so happened that the first time in my life when I managed to get out of the Urals to the European part of Russia, I was 20 years old.
My first flight was when I was 22, and the first time I left the country was at 24. For most people, that’s pretty late, since many travel around everywhere during their school years.
But starting from when I was 10 years old, I would go on hiking trips with my dad. Altai Krai and the Altai mountains, Baikal, the Sayan mountains – every year we would go somewhere and it was always an adventure, since traveling to far off corners was not so easy.
First, you take the train to a big city, and from there, another train or bus to a smaller settlement. Then you try to find a local with a car who can drop us off directly at the start of the route to the mountains.
Then it’s the wild forest, animal tracks, passes, glaciers, and zero civilization. This experience is actually pretty rare as I later came to find since there aren’t many who have been to the mountains every summer, let alone serious hikes.
Starting in 2010 I began traveling through Siberian towns while connected to music – Krasnoyarsk, Kemerovo, Tomsk, Barnaoul. These relatively close travels continued those summer adventures from my childhood, since this way is independent from transportation and takes up a significant amount of time.
Thoughts, conversations, stations and the local flavor in the window, flying from right to left (or left to right), – all of this presents itself as a totally separate part of the trip, when there is no rush or time-sensitive matters and you become aware of a particular feeling of time and vastness.
And it’s these exact feelings of “little adventures” around our country and the connection to it, which everyone has, is what I wanted to bring forth in my recordings – to share the contemplation of the forests and fields in the windows of the bus, until the next one in the neighboring town.
Travels album artwork:
Here lie a collection of old things that I was fixing a relatively long time ago in Siberia, and new things, that I’ve been recording in Petersburg. It’s funny how in one moment, all the material came together into one picture, like a mosaic, and I’m very happy that it’s coming out on Echotourist, a label made by my friends who I have know for a long time.
There is a wonderful Novosiberian artist, Lera Petunina, who has made some lovely illustrations, that can very aptly be considered in the theme of realism – when I asked to her to paint these pictures, I only told her of the ideas of these travels, with total freedom in terms of subjects and materials, and she completed the task brilliantly.
The result is an intentional, great work, and it gives me great pleasure that I can finally put a period down along with the release of this tape.
I don’t know if I’ll be traveling anywhere in the near future, except for my frequent route of St. Petersburg, Moscow, St. Petersburg. Probably it will be somewhere in Europe, but I would really like to visit Petrozavodsk, to spend some more time in Kareli, and explore the Leningrad oblast. Probably this summer I’ll be able to plan a hike in the Khibiny Mountains – that would be amazing.
Original: Aleksandr Belikanov, http://m.colta.ru/articles/music_modern/14649
The newest release from the label Live on Mars comes with an additional remastering and remake of After a Pause EP from the talented Nastya – a promising techno producer from Kiev who works under the moniker Stacie Flur or FLR.
Stacie Flur’s original sound has already been noted by veteran of Detroit techno, Robert Hood, and A&Rs of various European labels. They all speak in unison about the Ukrainian artist’s great potential. And, well, opening the road to youngsters is one of Live on Mars’ main goals. Don’t miss this release! It’s ingenious, organic, and fresh, mixing minimal techno, acid, elements of electro, and U.K. house – this is a matter for future stars.
Apple Music: http://bit.ly/lom005amusic
EP debut Play and Cry from St. Petersburg duet Север (Sever, North) made up of Anastasia Puzakova (and whose face graces the EP’s cover) and Andrei Maikov, working in Artem Lebedev’s studio
The EP is filled with warm and atmospheric melodies, as if Север met with Гостями Будущего (Gost’iami Buduschevo, Guests From the Future) but in 2017.
Anastasia Puzakova: I love writing songs with simple pop motifs – their unprecedented combination with analog noise and marginal context. Together, we make this strange post-pop as I call it, and dope pop, which is how Andrei calls it.
We’ll be performing with iron so that it’s not boring. In any case, it should be beautiful, with a blazing fire.
Something dark, mysterious, and unifying in the psychedelic songs of the Moscow rock band
“Four women playing psychedelic music with a touch of krautrock.” This is the way Moscow based group, Lucidvox presents itself, performing loudly, somberly, “ungirly,” singing “my secret is ice cold, it calls you, flaming with fire.” Lucidvox recently released an EP called Дым (Dym, Smoke) in which they hadn’t changed their love for speedy rhythms, echoing guitars, shamanistic rituals, and Slavic-pagan symbols. They’ll be gathering at the international music forum Tallinn Music Week 2017, where they will be one of the groups representing Russia. We asked the group members, Alina (vocals), Gala (guitar), Nadia (drums), and Anya (bass) a few gender oriented questions and then some.
How do you feel when people call you a “girl band”?
Gala: What’s wrong with that? We really are a band, made up of women, and I think this is apparent through our music and lyrics. But it’s important that we are not a band just for girls.
Alina: We call ourselves that, so we just feel like we are a band where four girls perform. Nothing out of the ordinary 🙂
Have you ever been approached by guys to join the group? Is the decision to be an all-female band fundamental and unchangeable?
Gala: No, they haven’t really come. Actually it doesn’t seem like it was conscious, but that’s just how it happened from the beginning, and now we’re a fully functioning collective with everyone in their own place. It’s difficult for me to imagine that I would feel free with some other people.
Nadia: It wasn’t just once that I’ve been called upon to play with other bands, like “Ленина Пакет” (Lenina Paket, Lenin’s Bag) but I felt so uncomfortable with the other people – it’s not about the field, just that, Lucidvox is like my own home…it’s fun to go and visit other people but at the end of the day you always want to come back home.
Alina: I think it’s hard for me to imagine a guy performing with us. Probably because there is a sort of understanding between us. Besides that, we really have been like a family for a long time. I think it would be weird for the guy also, playing in a girl band that came together a long time ago. I mean, it would probably be more interesting for him to play with women rather than an already established collective, next in a single vector. Then again, maybe I am wrong.
What should one know about the new EP Smoke? Did you learn anything new about yourselves while recording?
Gala: What’s worth knowing? Nothing much, be detached. Everything that we wanted to say we got to play.
Nadia: I think it’s important to know that we like it ourselves and are happy with the result: after all the recordings, you just want to step out into the street, put on your headphones and melt into your music, instead of trying to critique it all the time. This time I was able to do that.
Alina: I found out that the duduk is a very difficult instrument :). But seriously, we learned that working on material doesn’t need to be rushed.
You purposefully use Russian melos, Russian lyrics, and Slavic styles. Why do you do that?
Gala: For me, it’s important that everything has “spirit.” More of the story can be kept there and and the spirit of our culture is close to me. When you’re in a quiet, quiet snowed-in forest or picking summer berries in the fog near a gloomy lake during sunset, you can still find that, there.
Nadia: Some kind of ethnicity was borne of itself, this is in part connect to the Yakutsk culture, which brought Anya to our group, and probably something gloomy, mysterious, and unifying bewitches us (right now I have Huun-Huur-Tu in my head.”)
Alina: Because of the Slavic style, there’s probably a lot of people thinking our music is for those people in the t-shirts with wolves. There is a certain stereotype in the perception of this symbolism. I think our music destroys that stereotype.
Lucidvox “Don’t Go”
You’re studying music that came before you in an effort to combine Russian roots and rock and roll? Do you have any heroes in Russian rock?
Gala: It’s difficult, to be honest, to recall something worthy in that vein. For some reasons it sounds like this kind of music is for guys who walk around in t-shirts with wolves on them, carrying a wooden sword slung around their back. The first thing that comes to mind is Гражданская Oборона (Grazhdanskaya Oborona, Civil Defense), that’s Letov, and as I recall it is a scary little Russian mysticism…on the contemporary scene the closest for me who are continuing this line is Shortparis.
Nadia: I like the Russian roots in Lovozero and Тихих камней (Tihikh Kamnei, Quiet Stones). Me and Glasha have been getting inspired by Russian choirs (and not just Russian ones) and at the same time we’re listening to bands like Goat, Flamingods (by the way, we’ll be playing with them soon at Tallinn Music Week which is really great), Lightning Bolt, Ty Segall, Show Me The Body. As a result of all this, something of its own comes out.
You’re going to Tallinn Music Week to perform in front of an international audience. What do you think are your strong suits?What is it about your music that entices?
Nadia: The strong suit is probably that we are confident in what we are doing now, in our own style, image, and even our own personality on stage. So the people that come to see us, I hope, want to see something that they can’t see with other bands and other concerts. Maybe that’s what identity is.
Alina: The strength, probably, in a genuine desire to share music with others, the desire to share with others a truly original space.
Which bands from the Tallin Music Week do you like and are familiar with?
Nadia: We know a lot of the participants, but I of course, in my soul, am a fan of Спасибо (Spasibo, Thank You). I recently traveled with them to MENT, the Slovenian festival and they were one of the few nada who forced people to dance, not to think about anything, from beginning to end. Shortparis the most interesting group to me, and not only for the local participants of TMW, but overall, in our scene.
Alina: For me, the most interesting isn’t even the bands, but how the Russian performers will be perceived at the festival. This will be my first foreign music festival. It will be interesting to hear the groups in a different context.
How is the Сторона (Storona, Side) page tied to Lucidvox? Are you all still involved in its production? How does it help your band with music promotion?
Gala: We’re not involved really and it doesn’t help the promotion. We try not be just a “page”, we call it a web-zine – a musical creation about local contemporary music, cultivate interest and advance that scene as a whole, that is currently, unfortunately, very underground.
Nadia: Сторона is me and Glasha’s little baby, a second comfortable abode parallel to Lucidvox, and it’s nice for me to see, that even though it’s 15 thousand people at the moment, they have found something for themselves there.
What do you think, is it possible tone in a rock group and have a family at the same time? What are you going to do if you come upon the problem of having to choose between music or a husband and child?
Gala: I think that history gives us plenty of examples when musicians had families and there is nothing impossible. Is it really something that needs to be chosen? I think it’s probably not easy but it’s possible to stay yourself doing what you love, and being a mom.
Alina: We’re one family! So the addition of kids would only make our family greater.
Original article: http://www.colta.ru/articles/music_modern/14186