Smolensk based avant jazz band Gamayun just dropped their third album ‘Filterealism’ via Gost Zvuk. It's reminiscent of pioneering Soviet soundscapes drawing influence from those who have paved the way before. The release plays out as if such influencers have shifted their focal grip away from the stereotypical modulations and synthesizers, focussing on weirdness and commonplace wondering.
We have asked the collective behind the new LP to share with us some of their favourite hidden gems from a Soviet era of abstract eclecticism which inspired the release.
Anton Dvoenko, the leader of the Gamayun project - Ildar Zaynetdinov, the founder of the label and Artem Ryazanov, co-curator of the Gost Archive series sat down together and shared their thoughts on the subject picking tracks and references along the way.
Buy the new Gamayun album HERE.
Zga - Riga
The experimental Russian band ZGA was founded in 1984. The band explored the limits of sound using elements of noise, industrial, avant-rock, traditional and classical music. ZGA was originally formed in Latvia but later they established strong connections with musicians from Smolensk – drummer Michael Judenich and guitarist Vadim Petrenko later relocated to St. Petersburg. Their debut album “R?ga” was released by the England based Points East imprint, sub label of the ReR Megacorp. Tracks from the album were recorded in 1987 and 1988 in a public apartment, played mostly on home-made scrapyard instruments (metal plates, springs, wood) amplified and recorded directly to a stereo tape deck.