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The horror and mystery of a Russian folk

On the one hand, fortunately, gone are the days when the concept of “Russian folk music” was reduced to “Play, accordion” and the ensemble “birch”. On the other hand, we seem to still underestimate neither the stylistic diversity of Russian folk in General, nor the number and quality of its facets, which can please the connoisseur of horror.

Russian folk, senseless and ruthless…. Oh, sorry wrong quote, but still not quite in the subject. But the real truth in it: that motley bunch, which is sometimes referred to as Russian folk, often are not true to the folk and not always refers to the Russian. First, not all groups write in this “style” is generally taken for folk instruments, and secondly, to put it mildly, few use really popular songs, and third, the basis of creativity of many local musicians is, certainly, folklore, but not always domestic. The same Irish, for example, it seems, did not lose popularity in the vast expanses of our country since the first show of the series “Robin hood”, at least.

According to popular belief, if you go out into the open field and shout “Russian folk”, the echo will echo “Mill”…. However, with this group there is one ambush, old fans will not lie: that you can hear on the album – to put it mildly, not “Mill” that I fell in love with the first fans. Now this is a quality rock band, almost stadium format, very established, professional, not particularly distracting from the airwaves, but… to lose that interior energy and sincerity, which was hitched once. However, there are bootlegs that allow you to estimate what we have lost. Enough listen to the, for example, utterly wild version of version of Nil se’n La great Clannad, recorded on some solo album Helavisa, to their polished Studio records already not went in’s throats. Yes and the original of the Clannad this.…

A fan of horror, in General, there is something to profit in their songs, although most of them border on a dark fantasy: “Werewolf”, “Love potion” and, especially, “Goddess Ishtar” – an incredible on the ferocious energy of the song, however, written not “Mill”, but in the author’s performance of this thing seems impossible to find, and Hala companions it turned out quite impressive.

There are several about folk or folk teams, which at the time generally record in major losses of Russian rock if you rock with this next set. Spoiler alert. For example, “radio Street”, an incredible band whose songs came out on the “Project “Archeology” – a couple of early “Mill”, by the way. The funny thing is that part of their record – catchy punk rock, not much different from “brethren in the genre”, but was the team and another hypostasis, which is still dumbstruck listener – and, as trained, and no. It’s a kind of dark folk, only very dark, frostbitten and full of black humor. It seems… you can never be sure of anything With them. If you put this entry to a foreign listener, but still say, what year is it – the music lover will be greatly surprised: priests, Russian Blood Axis! If more and understand that at this time carries a vocalist stupor and reliable zacklin brains secured. Especially recommended in this regard, “Tomorrow Korsun will be ours” and “The Saga of the bermans” – perhaps the most provocative and insane creation of “Russian folk” in its history.

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The second group, which could have achieved a lot if not ahead of its time – the legendary “Poison and Marble”. Here the case is more complex: pure folk music they had never played, reminding, rather, “Aquarium”, was finally gone art-rock spill early King Crimson, Yes better times and with a pinch of Jethro Tull. However, as, in fact, the classics of the genre, folk motifs and melodies in their songs sometimes were observed. What is only “Russian drug addict” with its many complex transitions and multi-layered motifs, among which there are, including, and quite folk motives. And the text, mysterious, eerie, symbolic:

Crosses soaked let me remind you of wings flapping,

Freaks-branch – string music your.

Autumn darkness, the sad image of the wondrous fear –

You created something and played in the distance of people.

Their entire discography is one vinyl record under the exact title “First and last”: extremely diverse, intricate music, who came not to the court during the craze of “social rock”. At that time, they gave out incredible tricks like “Honey, please give me poison»:

“Understand that fear shackles,

Stronger than all the shackles of the way.

And is this the way, if brick

Or iron doomed.”

It is extremely interesting what they could achieve after such a debut, but – history does not tolerate the subjunctive mood.

There were, however, other experiments with folk: brought to this territory “Radu and Ternovnik” – the album “Somewhere fairy tales were” (soloist Rada Anchevskaya) confidently attributed to dark folk, and the album “Marriage” was recorded together with the folk group “Clear day” and combines folk songs and rock songs. And “combines” in the literal sense: they are superimposed on each other, sounding synchronously. You can remember Sergei Starostin, who recorded together with the “wolves trio” album “Was the sun”, where, again, natural folk songs that did not even try to “powder” and embellish mixed with modern jazz, forming a very strange but interesting dish that sounds truly shamanic and creepy. Some, having listened to this record, seriously considered that in the name “wolves-trio” the first word – not a surname.

In short, if you do not try to thoroughly understand what is folk, what is “Russian”, and just listen, you can dig up a lot of music – interesting, diverse and, at times, attractive-creepy. For every taste…

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