No much words today: enjoy the “Снежный мед” song & video by Russian-Udmurtian greatest experimental ambient band.
You know guys… there are some bands that had so much influence on your life, taste or whatever important abstractions that it’s really hard to describe them to others (especially if you’re not good at eloquence at all). But i should try this time :O
“Дубовый Гаайъ” * was found in late ‘80-early ‘90 and probably it was one of the first russian alternative rock groups. And i’m pretty sure they were the first whom started to use grim reality lyrics about heroin junkies, common murders, breakings, youth suicides, suburb depressions and other significant social thrash. Music usually was a mix of funk, psychedelic rock, grunge & hip-hop (which was rather unusual regarding to another alternative rock bands during early ninetieths such as “Югендштиль” and “Химера”). Someone could call it rapcore, but it wasn’t too much “core”. Compared to other bands which sang about different decadent things or USSR dethronement enough nicely these guys was really earth-shattering bastards with dirty lyrics, misbehaviour & different dope addictions. Band is rather known to stakeholders for particulation of Dolphin — one of the most unusual modern russian musicians.
They sounds like you started day with drop your only piece of hash. Then you was beaten by fuckers within an inch of your life when you went out to buy a cigarettes. Aaand you complete this wonderful day finding your girlfriend dead from overdose of muddy desomorphine.
Guys released two damn cool albums: “Stop Killing Dolphins” and “Синяя лирика №2” in 1993 — i guess you won’t have problems with finding both (there also was super-rare 1000 limited demo “Суицидальное диско” which is unreal to find and rehearsal demo “К.А.М.А.-З” released under an Dolphin name in 2002).
After disbanding in 1996 two no less noteworthy than “Дубовый Гаайъ” bands were formed: IDM/Electronic “Alien Pat. Holman” (which released some of their albums as “Дубовый Гаайъ” because of terms of the treaty with record company) and ideal continuation of “ДуГа” — “Мишины дельфины” but i surely will write about them next time.
* Could be transliterated as “Duboviy Gaay”. Means “oak-wood” in Ukrainian.
Late soviet & early russian music scene is enough teem with mad sick bands. I had knew that “Апрельский Марш” (bands name is a play on words — “April March” — which doesn’t imply the same meaning in Russian, but still sounds pretty impressive) played psychedelic rock (the style that i usually don’t give a fuck) and i never get around to listen them carefully till now. I like their “Голоса” hit a lot , but random listening to their early stuff didn’t gave me any reason to proceed with “unearthing deep”.
And today I accidentally found this one:
The song deals with nice man called Francois Bertrand, which surely wasn’t noted for his military services as much as he was noted for his uncommon passion (learn more here). This music video is a rare example of fortuneate mix (in my opinion, of course): all components — music, lyrics & picture are greatly pass on the ringing funereal atmosphere of demented love. Song was originally composed sometime in late ’80s but was released only on postmortal album with a same title in 1994.
The broken and chaotic track “Люди мира” by strange forgotten moscow band “Николай Коперник”. Song released in 1985 on cassette album “Родина” (which was re-released on CD in 2005). Whole album is unexpectebly super fuckin’ awesome and very non-typical for whole soviet music scene. I’d like to write a post in near future about that band & album, so stay tuned!
* Nikolay Kopernik - Lyudi mira
—Ты не пришла
Haha, i’m currently in process of discovering Great Вишня talent, so here is another one song from “Танцы на битом стекле” LP — “Ты не пришла” *. I especially enjoy the lyrics, but after some attempts to write song meaning i decided to share a “spooky” handicraft clip which probably could help you to understand a song’s drama.
Oh yes, the 40 seconds initial period is a caption & theme song of TV show “Музыкальный телефон” (also performed by Вишня).
*Ti ne prishla
—Танцы на битом стекле
Oh, sorry for long calm within KLVKVA. Here is one nice song by Алексей Вишня (Aleksey Vishnya) to clear the air. The song called “Танцы на битом стекле”* and it was released on similar titled LP on “Мелодия” at 1991. I like the way pop music and madness were combined in that tune. Enjoy please!
Вишня is probably one of the key persons in soviet new wave music, so i’ll recur to him in future by all means.
* Tantsi na bitom stekle (Dances on a broken glass)
Weeeell, here is something to cast away your boredom. Today’s band called “ФорумForum” and they were quite popular in 80’s when everyone played synth music and looked like happy gays. Without the exception of this band. These guys also made synthpop/new wave and it seems to be that they were intimate with rainbows, unicorns and stuff (i may lie, but not the picture above). In USSR “Форум” was defined as pop music mostly cause of sugary lyrics and light music, but KLVKVA would help you not to understand honied vocalists speeches and just enjoy the very fun and pretty nice soviet music phenomenon.
If you will like presented songs, you should try “Форум”s first album “Белая ночьBelaya noch’ / White Night” encoded from vinyl and uploaded by someone kind.
—Antai, Omoi, Museifu
As far as i know it was May 2008 time and my band played first concert on clumsy punk-rock related party at terryfing club called “UNDERGROUND” (mostly known to everybody as “TUNNEL”). Nevermind.
Let skip the all boring details of that event. There was a one brilliant thing amazed me a lot - crust-punk band called “くろしみ -ミゼリー-Kuroshimi -Misery-”. I’d called them “fairly usual obscure d-beat” but… they sang in japanese and used haiku as lyrics. Don’t you think thats rather unusual for Russia? I’d say that’s fuckin’ unbelievable by half!
To tell the truth i don’t know much about their activity. Barring their live in “Underground” Kuroshimi also warmed up japanese band D.S.B. in june 2008 and possibly it was their last show. So i shut myself up and let you enjoy the track and both present live bootlegs: 2008.05.02 at Underground Club, S.-Petersburg and 2008.06.01 at Belgrad Club, S.-Petersburg (of course if your balls made of pure steel to master that kind of music).
This is so impressive!
Just one song called “Донна АннаDonna Anna” composed & performed by famous russian musician Сергей КурехинSergey Kuryokhin for “Господин ОформительGospodin Oformitel’ / Mister Designer
Ленфильм, 1989” movie soundtrack. I still didn’t really dig up in his works deeply, but this song is always good for one of these miserable distressing days. I also highly recommend you to watch that movie — as far as i know it was one of the first soviet films imbued with luxurious decadence atmosphere and tight mystical anxiety.