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“Volga” is a fanciful blend of postindustrial electronics and archaic percussion coupled to the boundless and finely nuanced voice of Angela Manukian chanting old ritual songs of Russia in her melodic interpretation. If the former has some approximate analogies to Western experimental music, then on the whole the project does not quite fit into traditional categories of electronica/world music, Russian or Slavic folk, or pagan music. Rather all these elements are interwoven in the group’s work into a new music phenomena.
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|1. || MOX "Weeping" (Moscow)||6:33|
|2. || T.A. LAB "Snowballs"||5:32|
|3. || THEODOR BASTARD "Mermaid" (St. Peterburg)||4:11|
|4. || IDIORITMIK "Pear-tree"||5:17|
|5. || GOD FANS "Verejushki"||3:55|
|6. || COH feat. Nina Livanova "Three fields"||5:40|
|7. || IVAN SOKOLOVSKY "Dream songs"||4:41|
|8. || ALEXEY BORISOV "Jarilo"||1:59|
|9. || XMZ "Verejushki"||6:00|
|10. || PINK TWINS "Rose" (Helsinki)||6:01|
|11. || D1 "Goat" (Novosibirsk)||6:01|
|12. || EDIK "Widow" (Moscow)||4:45|
|13. || DJ KOLOMBO "Dream songs"||4:49|
|14. || CHAOS as SHELTER "Psalom" (Tel Aviv)||6:27|
|15. || MOTOR "Verejushki"||3:34|
|16. || IDIORITMIK "Po zarechju"||4:30|
Similar to Peruvian magic songs Icaros, performed by folk healers at ceremonies to expand participants’ consciousness, “Volga’s” songs take listeners’ souls on a journey. To fly up beyond the ordinary into the world of mysteries and forest spirits, of whirl and cosmic resonance where a person opens up to new facets of his/her consciousness. As a result, the healing takes place for a Russian in a world quickly losing its self-identity, in his/her revitalizing connection with the magic of old Russia (in Russian folklore, ritual tunes and Slavic polyrhythmics) and in its harmonious coexistence, in one’s mind, with futuristic arrangements of new global folk music (electronic tribal rhythms and percussion). Either one, enhanced by hypnotic lead vocal, entrances in its own manner, elevating over a humdrum existence to give a sense of celebration and connectedness.
Ancient authentic Russian texts from the 1100’s-1800’s have been gathered by Angela from Russian villages in different regions of the vast country in their own dialects. Each dialect, with its distinctive articulation, forms a unique vocal manner and sound, studied and mastered by the singer in their finest nuances. Her vocal techniques thus range from the academic to Russian Orthodox church to over a dozen ethnic traditions, including those of the Russian Volga area, North, Northeast, Northwest, South, Mid-Russia, Smolensk, Ryazan, Tver, Altai throat singing, Caucasus mountains, Middle East, Balkans, and India. Therefore the Western listener “Volga” takes on a journey into the richness of sound texture of the old and new Russia, never introduced into the world music before. Russian’s mixture of hard consonants and soft round vowels, especially in Angela’s richly intonated delivery, has a lyrical and calming effect. While its fusion with techno, trance, breakbeat mixed with elements of noise and sound of archaic instruments create a danceable ritualistic music with a touch of pagan psychedelia, bringing it to the cutting edge of the new Russian sound.
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