Love Cult

1. The Ex – Listen to the Painters

In the remote 2009, this Dutch band became our main inspiration to start playing music together. Of course, we soon entered other musical worlds but I have still many reasons to state that The Ex remains to be one of the best bands of our planet. Who would forget their Ex-style duel on baritone guitars, their weird rhythms, and their amazingly free double-bass in this album! “We need poets, we need painters... We need filmers, and writers, dancers, musicians, actors, and sculptors, bakers, electricians, thinkers, and doctors, cyclists, and builders, lovers, friends, and neighbours, and others”. Exactly so! In the future, we wll need them all.

2. Jenny Hval – Take Care of Yourself

The music of this Norwegian princess is also deeply rooted in the history of our band, since the time of her old project Rockettothesky. With her “Take Care of Yourself”, Jenny Hval reached her transcendent peak – this is not exactly a song, it is rather a piece of poetry recited to the sounds of music. This is the ice-cold synthesizer music, as if taken from the Italian giallo-films of the 1970s, the extraordinary melodies, the somewhat high-strung string section, and, of course, the verse itself – highly expressive, extremely open, honest and intelligent. The soundtrack is very cinema-like, with very interesting sound from another hero, the noise-musician Lasse Marhaug.

3. Yanka – “Burn, fire, burn”

This is one of the most heart-rending songs ever composed to the Russian lyrics. We will neither relate Yanka’s biography here nor write about the connection between personality and creativity, as dozens of articles have been written about that. Yanka’s songs are already in the treasury of music and verse. “Burn, fire, burn” is still thrilling, mostly by its play with the Russian folklore. The children’s rhymes like “The house is burning, the goat is not looking” begin to sound appalling, when sung by an adult with a hard life behind. The text, like spoonerism, turns and reveals a multitude of political and metaphysical senses.

4. HTRK – Give It Up

Melbourne is like Petrozavodsk in Australia: it is a forgery of art in which seldom something valuable for the outer world is forged. Yet, when it happens, this music turns out to be imbued with some weird yearning and ennui, implicitly associated with the incredible beauty of the locality. According to our Australian friend, only about 40 people come to the concerts of HTRK in the band’s home city, while thousands of devoted fans welcome their favourites in London, Paris, and Moscow. The sad and subtle electronic music suggests that everything good is in the past and that it was not really so very good, after all. What is important is to withdraw on time. This is the music for heart-searching, just as we like.

5. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away

This is another calm and sad song about accepting. The beautiful arrangement emphasizes the meaning of the lyrics. It seems like this is an anthem of cultured underground. The mission is to push the rock up, despite all the wry grins and caustic remarks. Push the rock up, until the sunrays lighten up the sky. To be true, art is capable of pushing the sky away. It is difficult to sing about all this using simple phrases. Who can accomplish it better than Mr. Cave?

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The music of the Karelia duet (and a couple) Love Cult is often referred to as export music: recorded with the British Night School and Public Information labels, the musicians have been able to occupy their niche in the vanguard electronic music. Such a stylistically vague definition makes sense: Ivan Afanasyev and Anya Kuts have been surprising their followers by transformations for nearly seven years. The melancholic and deliberately dirty psychedelic stuff, the intricate arrhythmic techno and the otherworldly drone-ambient are only a few items in the list of reincarnations in which Love Cult has emerged.


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