Kedr Livanskiy Announces Debut LP 'Ariadna,' Shares Dreamy Title Track
Hear the first single from the Russian artist's forthcoming LP on 2MR.
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According to a press release, the record was inspired by 80s Russian electronic and experimental music, written using Roland SH-101, Roland Juno 106, and Korg Minilogue synthesizers, and mixed in Ableton. "Ariadna" anchors its elegantly drifting shoegaze melodies with a knocking electro beat, managing to bring an indie rock songwriting approach to the club without any clunky "crossover" baggage.
"When I first watched video footage of the first underground rock and experimental festival in the USSR, Podolsk '88, the band Nastya Poleva sang the song 'Ariadne,' based on the myth of Ariadne and the Labyrinth of the Minotaur.
I explore mythical and fairytale themes in 'Ariadna,' and mythological imagery has appeared before in my songs, for example, 'Sgoraet.' I've always been fascinated by myths and consciousness. It's an an escape from reality and brings self-realization through archetypes.
Mythological imagery conveys the nuances of a person's inner, emotional life—his or her struggle to come into his own. Each myth has played out some time, somewhere in real life. I consider many fairytales to be myths, and I'm interested in the archetypes found in them."
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