tempobet yeni adresi
like this interview
20/04/2017 : SOVIETWAVE - Cosmonauts' day special

SOVIETWAVE

Cosmonauts' day special

20/04/2017, Masha KASHA
photos: © Alexander Gluz


The New Retro wave in its classical sense also existed in the post soviet countries (e.g. “Tesla Boy”) but from the beginning of the 2000s a new style began to emerge - we can outline a phenomenon called “sovietwave”. (I am afraid I will have to add a new music style to the Peek-a-Boo library). Do you know why our interview is issued on the 12th of April? Well it IS the cosmonautics day in the ex-soviet countries.

For this particular reason we could conduct an exclusive interview with Dmitriy Gruzdev - one of the founders of the sovietwave community. Be the first to read it!

And check out the online playlist provided for this occasion.

When did you come up with the idea to open the separate blog for sovietwave music?

We did not have any obvious plan, we wanted to gather some specific music in a one place. On VKontakte (= Russian kind of facebook ed.) a lot of specialised music communities existed but sovietwave did not yet exist. My blog was founded in 2014 - at that time some of the signature albums were issued.

What is the concept of sovietwave?

Sovietwave is a dreamy electronic music inspired by the soviet culture. The musicians compose and mix their tracks using synthesisers, sound distortion, movie and radio samples. When you listen to it you get a feeling that this music is played from a radio device, a tape recorder or a vinyl disc. It offers us the "live" experience of how it would have sounded during the soviet past - when the technologies and the recording abilities had their limits.

(=bad good music quality has always been a part of the soviet concept, since most of the alternative and really forward thinking bands were forbidden, never officially sold… therefore a lot of tracks were secretly re-recorded from tape to tape).

Within the new genre there are some typical sovietwave traditions that have been established. For example, some of the musicians maintained anonymity and just closed their projects without announcement and switched to new ones. (In our eyes that shall be persecuted!) Another dominant tradition is that most of the bands end their name with the number. For example “Proton-4”.

The style of sovietwave itself remains quite vague and drifts somewhere between minimal electro and post-punk, altering from dreamy to dark moods. Since the style is not well defined it happens that the people of the community end up discussing if the band really belongs to sovietwave or not.

What is the difference between "sovietwave" and the "new retro wave"?

Well, it is especially the mood. New retro wave is like neon lights, Miami beach driving and sovietwave is the relaxed summer spent at dacha (ed. - countryhouse), the childhood and vacation. Our electro is much closer to chillwave. It also comes from the other side of the block.

Which new old bands can you outline?

The minimum challenge for the newretrowavers are Mayak and Tvorozhnoe Ozero

But there are a lot of others like: Proton-4 , Impuls-80, Elektronika-302, Uran-08, lilii, PPVK, Pinballsound Artek Elektronika, Ijun, Bezhevaja Luna, Moskva-Kassiopeya, BAIKAL. It is very hard to stop because it is my favourite music and I am afraid to list every one individually. Check out the playlist we have provided!

Are there any sovietwave bands which were born because of your blog?

It is possible… but they are rather inspired by the blog’s bands than reinventing new aesthetics.

But I would like to insist that Sovietwave did not really appear out of the blue. Some bands already existed before the official blog, looking for a similar sound - for example Kim and Buran, Vesna na Ulitse Karla Juhana, SV Hutor etc.

What is the reaction of the visitors of your blog?

Marvellous! We have very loyal and active users, who are keen to comment and to support the “artificiality” of music.

Are there any people you know who already appreciate sovietwave in the West?

We have no idea! I guess you are the first to write about it!

Is sovietwave a kind of rememberance of the USSR, that previously existed, or merely a nostalgia for the bright future (never to come)?

I guess, that the return to the bright future is reserved for the elder generations. Our young members do not want to join or rebuild the USSR. I would like to insist, that our blog is apolitical and we never discuss current political issues. We have a lot of bands and contributors from a post-soviet space.

When do you think the next sovietwave festival will take place?

It is a surely THE accurate question - if everything goes fine, well already this summer…

P.S. From your editor Masha: do not miss Lilii, Pinballsound and Revoltmeter. And of course check out the sovietwave blog.

Masha KASHA
20/04/2017


Music reviews

28
07
WULF7
I don't want (Anymore)
06
07
TRAGIC IMPULSE
Distant Worlds
04
07
RAMMSTEIN
Zeit
27
06
BALVANERA
Courses of Action
14
06
TERMINAL SERIOUS
Gift For You
10
06
SAMHAIN
Experiment

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

14
08
Darkwave Duo, Male Tears Addresses Nightlife Hypocrisy & Abuse With New Single
10
08
Today, it’s exactly 35 years ago Nitzer Ebb released Join In The Chant!
09
08
Electronic Band She 1 - Him 2 Addresses Breaking Free With New Single
08
08
32 years of Head/Down with MOEV
07
08
Neo-Fanfare/Darkwave Band, Crooniek Reflects On The Concept Of Time With New Album
06
08
Post-Punk Artist Daniel Ouellette Brings Life To A Haunted House With New Album

Concert reviews

05
07
EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN
40 Years Einsturzende Neubauten at Ancienne Belgique - Brussels - B (20+21.06.2022)
14
06
WULF7 + THE JUGGERNAUTS
11/06/2022 - LIVE AT THE BAROCK - BRUGGE
14
06
'N TALES, INTERZONE, GROUND NERO
At B52 Club Eeernegem
24
05
STAATSEINDE
Staatseinde live @Kinky Star - 14 mei 2022
13
05
WUK
A try-out that became a book...
21
10
NICK CAVE
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - 2021 Tour - Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp- 20/10/2021

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

05
08
MOTOR!K
I have to admit that I often still find it strange and difficult to grasp: people going crazy on three weirdos playing some repetitive music
12
07
FERALIA PLANITIA & DAS AUGE
'Thanks to our overlapping tastes in music, we became good friends; music was our cement, sort of speak…'
18
05
PUSSY RIOT
Unfortunately, everyone only understood what Putin is like when he started a war in Ukraine.
18
05
HAGAR THE WOMB
Now we know the audience will help us out when we forget the lyrics.
18
05
HETZE
We all work with homeless people on a daily basis and we try to be actively involved in their struggle.

PHOTOS

13
08
BLUTENGEL
Mera Luna Festival Hildesheim
13
08
LORD OF THE LOST ENSEMBLE
Mera Luna Festival Hildesheim
13
08
SOLITARY EXPERIMENTS
Mera Luna Festival Hildesheim
13
08
LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE
Mera Luna Festival Hildesheim
10
08
TYSKKE LUDER
Mera Luna Festival Hildesheim
10
08
OSTFRONT
Mera Luna Festival Hildesheim
10
08
NOISUF-X
Mera Luna Festival Hildesheim

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

14
08
THE SMITHS
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
13
08
DRAB MAJESTY
39 By Design
12
08
COCTEAU TWINS
Hazel
11
08
IN STRICT CONFIDENDE
Somebody Else´s Dream
10
08
DOWNLOAD
Neuron Proper
09
08
WE NEVER MET
Come Play With Fire
08
08
ROSARUBEA
Window Pain