Ciolkowska — Avtomat Proshlogo
(Addicted Label BNiL 730, 2019, CD / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-08-28
Avtomat Proshlogo is transliterated Russian meaning the Automat of the Past, referring to cause and effect or karma, with automat also meaning the virtue of the mind to automatically and mechanically react to situations. It can also mean an automatic rifle, a symbolic weapon that shoots at the present while shooting ammunition from the past. However you look at the music on this Russian album by Ciolkowska, it does grab your interest. Hailing from St. Petersburg, Ciolkowska is Yegor Svysokihgor (guitar, vocals, and lyrics), Alesya Izlesa (ukulele), Vano Ayvazyan (bass and backing vocals), and David Aaronson (drums), with guest Aleksey Gorshkov (trumpets) and Mikhail Tsyrulnikov (backing vocals on “108”). The nine tracks are, for all intents and purposes, instrumentals with the occasional Russian vocal thrown in. The music is a bit unclassifiable, shifting between psych, prog, space rock, urban cool jazz, and dub. Some tracks are moody and dirge-like while others have a delicate beauty. Overall a delightful listening experience.
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