The latest recording by Russian band IWKC features four tracks that go off in various unexpected directions.
Track 1, “Survival Instruction” has a cinematic feel, with keyboards playing the leading role. Influences include progressive rock and post rock.
The second song, “Cho Blya!?” is a bizarre mix of pop, funk, reggae and brief rapping with odd tempo changes.
Track 3, “Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti” sounds like a mix of jazz and foot tapping polka with a synth solo.
The final piece is another cinematic composition with symphonic keyboards set to a slow drum beat that evolves into a mesmerizing ambient drone section. The final segment of this piece provides the best music overall in this unusual EP.
The lineup on this album includes Nikita Samarin on drums, percussion and design; Nick Samarin on keyboards and guitars; Andrey Silin on keyboards; Artem Litvakoskiy on bass, cello and samples; Ramil Mulikov on trumpet and trombone; and Roman Karandaez on vocals.
When you listen to this compilation, it is clear that some of the best psychedelic progressive rock is being made in Russia. Tripwave 2: Collection of Modern Russian Psychedelic Music features 9 fabulous acts. Three of the artists have had international exposure, including Ole Lukkoye, Rada & Blackthorns and Polska Radio One. The rest are young bands from Moscow and St. Petersburg.
If you like the progressive side of psychedelia, you’ll love this album. It’s got spacey guitars, hypnotic vocals and spellbinding progressions. On Track 2, “Ethno Song” by Rada & Blackthorn you’ll find soaring guitars along with wailing female vocals and fascinating Tuvan throat singing.
There is not a weak track on this album. However, there are some highlights. In addition to “Ethno Song”, there is a truly captivating song titled “Canyon” by Sonora, with a “tripped out” female vocalist that brings up an image of Grace Slick jamming with Pink Floyd.
Other favorites are ethno-psychedelic band Ole Lukkoye that plays trance-like shamanic music mixing psychedelic guitars with ethnic vocals and percussion; and Kamni’s dreamy psychedelia with David Gilmore-style guitars.