RUSSIAN SHOEGAZE

AEROFALL 

(Rostov_on_Don) Label: Hands and Moment When I thought about making this playlist the first name that came to mind was the band of Yana Komeshko (vocals-guitar), Vladimir Karpov (guitar), Valery Kalkutin (bass) & George Komshin (drums). The band meets all the requirements of experimentation that have enriched rock in the last decades. The recipe is complicated but the result is magnificent: a pinch of the classic Russian coldwave, seasoned with a refined post-punk, a touch of psychedelia, and all wrapped up in Yana’s masterful whispers, Vladimir’s distorted guitars and the defined and structured rhythm in the bass and the drums. The attractive clammy and velveteen sound of the shoegaze is then transformed into something sublime.


PINKSHINYULTRABLAST 

(Saint Petersburg) Label:  Pinkshinyultrablast is Lyubov (vocals), Roman (Guitarist),  Igor (bass), Sergey (drums) &  Rustam (synths). Maybe the russian shoegaze band with most international projection. The evolution of the band from the dense and electric shoegaze, to a more eclectic and electronic sound has not meant a loss of personality or freshness, but a natural enrichment of sound, giving it a wider and more contemporary shape and coverage.


NEONIC SUNDRIVE

(Moscow) Their debut album “Lie Paradise” will be released soon . The singleI Can’t See Your Eyes’ weaves indie, shoegaze and noise pop sounds in equal parts with an attractive vocal combination. Listening previous jobs is appreciated a great amalgam of sounds and styles, from punk and noise rock drums and guitars, to Pop and shoegaze vocals. Even they dared to cover to ‘The Jesus and Mary Chain’ giving a personal and attractive touch to ‘In a Hole’. It’s really worth take a listen.


SHOE SHINE SIX

(Yekaterinburg) The “grungegaze” band Shoe Shine Six is recording a new album. Their album ‘Sunday’, published in January, moves in an electric balance between post-punk and shoegaze. ‘Sunday’ has received excellent opinions from the specialized blogs and reviewers


Акульи Слёзы (SHARKS TEARS)

(Ufa, Bashkortostan) The album debut is entitled In The Museum of my Memory’, released 26 april 2018, hardly four months after they managed to give their first gig. Ethereal Shoegaze. Soft, fluid, personal and enveloping sound, in the purest slowdive style. Hypnotic and fantastic voice wrapped in perfectly linked guitars  catch your attention and feeling from start to finish.


VVAIT 

(Vorónezh, Chernozemie) Shoegaze since 2014. VVAIT is Yegor (bass & vocals), Kurt (guitar) and Alex (drums). They released their S/T 5-track album in June 2015.  A bouquet of songs well structured in the shoegaze style of the 90s. Shiny Shoegaze, sometimes opaque, with that cloudy sound that hooks. Their last two songs are ‘hypnology’ included in The Pop Underground Vol​.​1 Comp. and ‘Serpentine’ included in The Pop Underground Vol. 2: WIintergaze by pow! pow kids


SOUNDS OF SPUTNIK

(Moscow) Label:   Moon Sounds RecordsSounds of Sputnik is Roman Kalitkin, Oleg Mezherovsky, Oleg Luzhetsky, Dmitriy Bobrinev, Anastasia Berezovskaya, Almaz Gaifutdinov (and Shauna McLarnon on vocals for studio recordings).  There are fibers of an affordable post-rock without stridency, harmonious, interspersed with dream pop and the most recognizable and appreciated shoegaze in the warp of their music. The band is enriched in different collaborations in a simbiosis  with the Canadian-Ukrainian duo Ummagma (Shauna McLarnon & Alexander Kretov).


(Samara) Reverberation guitars  and sad lyrics in waves of noise pop and shoegaze.  The drums take center stage in some of the tracks, which, far from saturating the sound, give a fluid and decisive rhythm. Self-title album released 1 June 2018.


LIFE ON VENUS

(Samara) Life on Venus is a shoegaze / dreamgaze quintet based in Samara, the sixth most populated city in Russia, to the banks of the Volga river. Melancholic lyrics run in a deliberated dreamgaze soundscape, and are interspersed with the cadence of the shoegaze . The vocals lull in a subtle and harmonic way through a melding of guitars, synths and drums in perfect harmony.. Albums: Distant Lights (march 2016) and Encounters (march 2017)


LVPRK

(Rostov-on-Don) The original creativity of the band mix a family of noisy styles (shoegaze, post punk and garage) immersed in the purest sound of the cavernous 80. However, in every track a style stands loudly out above the others making difficult a specific definition of the band. We are left with their ‘Shoegarage’ tag, but without forgetting the post punk stream flowing through all their music.


BLANKENBERGE

(Saint Petersburg) Blankemberge’s ethereal electric waves are made by Yana Guselnikova (vocals), Daniil Levshin (guitar, synth), Dmitriy Marakov (bass), Daian Aiziatov (guitar) and Sergey Vorontsov (drums). Their first S/T EP released on 12 March 2016 let understand the genius of their debut album Radiogaze digitally released June 2017, whose release in vynil iscoming soon via Switzerland-based label Elusive Sound. Pure shoegaze.


NOIR FOR RACHEL 

(Ishim) Noir for Rachel echoes emanates from the sources of the most evolved cold&dark wave that has characterized Russian underground scene for years. Their incisive guitars, the accelerated rhythm of the bass, the stubborn accompaniment of the drums provide the sense the iconoclastic tracks of the bands. Darkgaze is the word.


PAPER WOUNDS

(Saint Petersburg) Paper Wounds is a quartet of melancholic melodies and electric sound rooted in the early shoegaze of the 80s. The guitars adopt a decisive protagonism, without drowning the harmonic structure of the ensemble. The voices circulate with great beauty, with fluidity, giving strength to each track.


YOUR FRIENDS POLYMERS

(Samara) The band published the album ‘v chuzhoi strane’ (‘in a foreign country’)’ a few days before the end of 2017, being one of the highest quality and beautiful dreampop / shoegaze releases of the year. Track by track the album is relaxing, at the same time intense, and of extraordinary beauty. It reminds bands as the australian ‘Lowtide’. The vocal quality supposes an indispensable asset, a decisive accompaniment in the result of guitars that sail with a well defined and harmonious course. Highly recommended.


SHIMMERANCE

(Moscow) The band was born in late 2016. The music of Shimmerance is a beautiful contradiction, making possible the dreamgaze, allocating the rhythm and the cadence of the dreampop with the incisive noise of the distorted guitars of shoegaze. Brilliant.


Архитектурный Оркестр Благодетели (Architecture Vigilante Orchestra)

(Saint Petersburg) 


HONEYHEAD 

(Voronezh) 


Деревянные киты – DEREVIANNYE KITY (“WOODEN WHALES“)

(Murmansk)


ФОНТАН (“FOUNTAIN”)

(Moscow)


CASTLETROY

(Saint Petersburg) Experimental / Avant-punk


S3P SECRETS OF THE THIRD PLANET

(Moscow) S3P draws absolutely captivating sound and vocal lines in his compositions, leaving fragments of a delicate shoegaze, without pretensions of protagonism, wrapped in an electronic, even psychedelic and totally timeless climate.


COSme 

(Moscow)  (ex-PLASTICA) Guitars with deep textures, fed back in noisy effects, tightly distorted, creating and amazing sonoric landscape.


ANGELIC MILK

(Saint Petersburg)


ETHICA

(Nizhny Novgorod)


JAPANESE BABY

(Krasnodar)


BRIGHT FALLS

(Ufa)


LAVA LITE

(Saint Petersburg)


PALMS ON FIRE (formerly FLOWER POLLEN)

(Izhevsk)


PARKS, SQUARES AND ALLEYS

(Khabarovsk and moscow)


GNOOMES

(Perm)


THE MYSTERIOUS TOWN OF  OAK HILL

(Saint Petersburg)


NEVASCA

(Murmansk)


KRASOCHNOBLEDNO

(Moscow)


ENSSLIN

(Irkutsk, Siberia) Emo Indie


YOUNGBROTHER

(Samara) Alternative


HUMAN TETRIS

(Moscow)


(Moscow)


MORE BANDS 

Nerpa – [Saint-Petersburg] formed in 2010         


Hot Zex – [Novosibirsk] formed in 1991


Polska Radio One – [Yekaterinburg] Disbanded in 2015. Psych&Shoegaze echoes.  New band шум. волн (‘noise. waves’)  


Galway -[Moscow] Dreamgaze. New Project  Alpina B   


Pheeree -[Rostov On Don] 2013. Yana Komeshko &, Vladimir Karpov current members of AEROFALL were involved in this project    

Glaswen – [Moscow] Hazy and experimental shoegaze. Electric and dark Vapor wave that glows in the russian shoegaze soundscape.  Glaswen is Misha & Dasha. Micheal had an accident in 2014 and the duo stopped   


Plastica – [Moscow] One of the 90´s russian shoegaze pioneers. Electric sound, distorted, compact, fluid and hypnotic  


Inverse – [Saint-Petersburg] “conceptual post-punk, dream-pop and post-hardcore-tinged music”


Was She A Vampire – [Moscow] Was She A vampire is one of the most talented bands of the last decade, with a sound that reminds the early ‘The Jesus and Mary Chain’ releases    


Maygley/MAYГLEY – [Saint-Petersburg]


Futbol – [Rostov-on-Don] 2001-2006 Russian Shoegaze cult band in the wave of 90´s Manchester sounds, ruling guitars and keyboards. Futbol released two compilations “jeronimo!” and “2003-2005”. Members of the band were Vladimir Karpov (Guitar) and  Valery Kalkutin (bass), currents members of Aerofall.

 


Playlist and comments by Anselmo Santos  /  Ansel Garcia

Art by  http://www.instagram.com/ansel_garcia_psychgazer

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