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.RU Part 1: Solntsetsvety

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Underground tweenoise masters in the post-USSR.

Part 1: Solntsetsvety (part 1 first appeared in Stylus)

 
In mid 2010, I started billing myself as a DJ who played Solntsetsvety. Solntsetsvety, or Солнцецветы, a Russian word that translates to Sun Flowers (abbreviated СЦ in Cyrillic), is an artist network which has since the late 90s been spawning lo-fi tracks and albums ranging from harsh noise and pure experimental to transcendental kraut jams and lo-fi reggae, based sort of in cities Minsk, Belarus and Moscow, Russia, and sort of on their website, lesom.ru. The groups belonging to Solntsetsvety were hard to penetrate, even armed with digital translation and English articles on David MacFadyen’s Far From Moscow, but Solntsetsvety was magic – a mystery too intense to shrug off.

The groups belonging to Solntsetsvety are almost impossible to list. One is called Solntsetsvety. Then there are folky Magnit of Solntsetsvety, pop leaning Mohk, catchy Batmen of Grande Ukraine, noise-infused Simptom Pogremushki, pop concrète Sybarites, and, amid many more, the ever-shimmering, heavily manifesto’d Magical Unicellular Music (Volshebnaya Odnokletochnaya Muzyka, abbreviated as VOM). Perhaps the most famed СЦ projects, VOM are divided into countless factions in multiple countries (each labeled with a number: VOM1, VOM4, VOM5, etc), many of which have toured and recorded with Damo Suzuki.

Early on I tracked down a guy in Moscow, Аnton Krivulya, who seemed deeply involved with at least one Solntsetsvety project, Mokh or Moss. I sent him some DJ mixes, but he firmly denied any understanding of the English language. I accepted temporary defeat.

Fast forward to fall 2011: I’m at a Kram Ran show in Toronto with an original СЦ member, Aleksei Malakhov, who’s recently moved to Canada from Belarus. He’s trying to teach me how to pronounce Solntsetsvety; I’m making an ass of myself. This has been arranged by another СЦ-er, Belorussian Roma Bernstein (who has taken part in Solntsetsvety, Mokh, Sybarites, VOM and Simptom Pogremushki, among others), whom I met by chance while scouring the internet attempting replace some albums I lost in a hard-drive crash, and to whom I am completely in debt for organizing these interviews – which are at heart attempt to explain what Solntsetsvety is: an important apparition in the bleak, heroin-scar marked post-Soviet world.

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Below are select answers I received from Roma, Roma’s young brother Tim Bernstein (Mokh, VOM, Simptom Pogremushki), old-school СЦ-er Aleksei Malakhov (now a Torontonian, past member of Solntsetsvety and VOM), and Solntsetsvety mastermind: recent Moscow immigrant Anton Krivulia: member or contributor to just about every Solntsetsvety project, described by some members as a magical genius. Many thanks to Roma for his help with translations* and organization, and to Anton, Tim, Aleksei, and past Mokh member Mitya Matievich (who helped out but did not answer these questions) for their assistance.

Solntsetsvety sound is bound by something unexplainable – it’s free, DIY, allows itself to blur the line between real and fiction, and the people who make it seem to know that the gross output of the collective is greater than themselves. In speaking with five of its countless members, I found a brilliant combination of humour and frustration: anger at the dysfunction of post Soviet life wrapped up in jovial, loose, sovereign spirits.

*Just prior to my second round of questions during this interview, Anton conceded that he does know English quite well, and would be communicating with me in English for all further investigations. Roma translated between us prior to that, and also assisted with other necessary translations.

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Continue reading .RU Part 1: Solntsetsvety

.RU Part 2: Peel Session, Damo Suzuki, Chorny Busel & extra material

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Continued from Part 1.

Continue reading .RU Part 2: Peel Session, Damo Suzuki, Chorny Busel & extra material

Alpha Couple – Stalingrad [2011]

Earlier this year we printed, bound and burnt 50 copies of Alpha Couple’s Stalingrad in 8 different colours.

Stalingrad
CDR.
January 29, 2011.
11 tracks.
Hand-made packaging by IT³.

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Making-of Photo Gallery

To Stream:

To Order:

Visit Bandcamp & donate cost* plus shipping** and email your shipping details, or email alphacoupleband@gmail.com for PayPal info or more information.
We strongly advise emailing us first to make sure copies are left. -AC
*$10 + **shipping ($2 in Canada, $3 in USA, $4 international).

Online Extras:

Photo collection, lyrics, Stalingrad apartment mock-up & more:
map
@ imtrying.net/stalingrad/

Media:

Selected Media
For radio/press/promo downloads/copies or more info: Email

Please note: only 3 of the 50 CDRs are still available.

QRD Interview w/ IT³

QRD Webzine interviewed us about our micro micro label earlier this year.

Read it here: Record Label Owner Interview with Kristel Jax of IT³

Alpha Couple: Eastern Canadian Tour

Alpha Couple

Touring from the prairies in support of their debut album, Stalingrad, Alpha Couple are tweenoise, ghostfolk & lo-fi electronic ambient duo who pursue vulnerable noise and emotional, often dark live performances.

“Their songs are carried solely by acoustic guitar and keyboard but they’re also heavy on atmospherics and samples; Alpha Couple scream, and they don’t always sing in tune, yet they have the best hooks… chilling, thought provoking stuff.”

-Taylor Burgess, editor, Stylus Magazine.

Feb. 19
Thunder Bay @ The Apollo
(facebook)

Feb 24
Toronto @ Smiling Buddha
(Love Cult Presents) w/ Fin, 7777777 Life Support, & High Park
(facebook)

Feb 25
Guelph @ Ed Video
Digital Opera Redux (Kenneth Doren fundraiser)
(facebook)

Feb 26
London @ East Village Arts Co-op
w/ Black Earth & 7777777 Life Support
(facebook)

Mar 2
Kingston @ The Artel
w/ TBA

Mar 3
Ottawa @ 137 McLeod St. (HOUSE SHOW)
w/ Adam Saikaley, Orphan Pool & DJ Swazeface
(facebook)

Mar 4
Montreal @ Le Cagibi
w/ Flow Child & Jane L. Kasowicz
(facebook)

http://imtrying.net/alpha-couple/
http://alphacouple.tumblr.com/
http://myspace.com/alphacoupleband
http://soundcloud.com/alpha-couple

Contact for more information, interest, hi-res images, etc:
alphacoupleband@gmail.com

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Daniel Triangle – Ghost Show Mixes

IT³ presents the entirety of once NYC, now Berlin based DJ Daniel Triangle (of Gucci Goth, & aka Kid Sportswear)’s mixes from The Ghost Show‘s exhibit opening at Freud’s Bathhouse & Diner in April of this year. Daniel Triangle is a brilliant DJ and, along with Pictureplane & others, was instrumental in the origination of the term witch house.

The 5 mixes are free to download and feature nearly 75 psyche, creepazoid, & witch house artists & cover artwork by 7 Ghost Show artists.

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Alpha Couple – Edna Pontellier

IT³ has been busy co-running Freud’s Bathhouse & Diner this year (often too busy to post here), but we are pleased the announce the first of two digital music releases that will mark the end of 2010: Alpha Couple‘s first single, Edna Pontellier.

After a string of demos and videos comes Edna Pontellier, an ambient, lo-fi-spook single & b-side download, presented with photo collage via imtrying.net.

Photo Collage & Free Download:


Edna Pontellier Digital Single

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Alpha Couple
Booking / Press / Contact: alphacoupleband@gmail.com
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/alphacoupleband

Alpha Couple’s debut full length album will be released in CDR and digital format in early 2011.

I Know What My Weaknesses Are, Probably Better Than You Do



I Know What My Weaknesses Are, Probably Better Than You Do
is an upcoming art exhibit at Freud’s Bathhouse & Diner, Winnipeg, Canada.

The exhibit opens August 5th, 2010, and features illustration by William Schaff (Rhode Island), Beth Frey (Toronto), Ramsey Beyer (Chicago) & Ryan Trudeau (Winnipeg), as well as a Zine Expo featuring Robert Pasternak, Syphilitic Mermaids Magazine, IT³, S. Arden Hill, Three Syllable Words, Junto (Winnipeg zine library) & much more.

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