If you’ve heard enough UK and American variations on the Joy Division post-punk sound, why not try a Russian version? Motorama are just that, though I don’t mean to disparage the the quality of their approach. Poverty is their third album, and the fact that Talitres are spreading this beyond Russia points towards an exciting future.
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Like with football, nationality in music doesn’t really matter any more - everyone just mucks in and that’s the way it should be. It shouldn’t be that unusual that what we have here is a Russian band sounding like they were one of the more hidden treasures from early 80’s Manchester with a FAC catalogue number under their belt.
Initially they sound more jaunty than Joy Division therefore I’d say early The Wake and Stockholm Monsters are a more apt comparison on the opening ‘Corona’ with its jaunty keyboard pattern (keyboards having only been legalised in Russia in 2012). ‘Dispersed Energy’ however sounds exactly like Joy Division. ‘Dispersed Energy’ being the sort of phrase that may have emerged from Ian Curtis’s drooping mouth. I’m happier when they are happier though and the jangly ‘Red Drop’ has a very Sarah Records feel to it’s jangly guitar and drum machine. I love the vocals though - its like those times Curtis tried desperately to be happy on record.
The rest of the album pretty much carries along in this manner. Lovely indie pop with Ian Curtis fronting the nascent Field Mice - just imagine!
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