Supposedly named after a Western Ukraine town, presumably in affectionate sympathy for the country's ongoing woes and struggle, this is a collaboration between Gareth Hardwick, Dan Layton & David Stockwell and some cinemaphiliac bods Kneel Before Zod. There's not a great deal of information I can muster up about this enigmatic unit other than they are enjoy putting on multi-media spectacles in the live arena and the sounds are of the "dark drone" variety. The only music for the decaying inert mess that is currently this country I suppose?
Heavyweight vinyl LP on Low Point. Includes digital download coupon containing audio & accompanying video in mp4 format.
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It doesn’t matter how good you are at making drone electronica - labelling an LP release as an ‘audiovisual collaboration’ is just silly. A glimpse at the bandcamp for this reveals that you can indeed download the full mp4 containing the two, but if the end result was always going to be vinyl then you’re admitting to releasing something totally out of its intended context. As someone who loves audiovisual combos, I’ll have to make up the images in my head as I go along.
Ranting aside, this record is definitely one that would sit well in a darkened theatre with some trippy projections flying around. Long sustained notes and rustles swell from the gloom, suggesting shapes but never forming anything clear. There are delicately fluttering synths alongside a dynamic guitar section that jumps between feedbacking tones and low plucks, rising to an overdriven smudge in the final track. For a 15 minute piece, there isn’t a lot of variation, perhaps because the visuals take the reins here, who can tell. Judging by the sleeve, they look quite interesting too, all mangled VHS signals. Oh, and they’ve taken a leaf out of Kasabian’s book and named the tracks after their durations, so you know you’re dealing with some serious sound art.
To add to the obscurity, info on the group is minimal, and the sleeve doesn’t even have any words on, just some digital hieroglyphs - all I can tell is that they’re from Nottingham and play live a lot. I’d love to enjoy this a bit more, but it is unfortunately hampered by the constraints of the vinyl format and would be much more at home at a live venue, so either head over to bandcamp for the mp4 or get yo ass down to Nottz.
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