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Kotra and Zavoloka

"Wag the Swing" CD

Kvitnu Records

Genre: experimental electronic, electronic, blips + bleeps

May 2007

I've reviewed Ukrainian experimental electronic acts Kotra and Zavoloka separately in the past, but Wag The Swing sees them together at last in the form of a 24-track collaboration album put out by Kvitnu, the label run by Kotra's Dmytro Fedorenko. This is quite a varied and eclectic affair as far as experimental glitch and electronic music goes, with just the right amount of tunefulness maintained to keep things from falling into noise territory. The album's combination of organic sounds (bass, voice, etc) combined with mechanical electronic manipulation makes for an interesting juxtaposition between the computer and the human. A track like opener "Out Of Nowhere" produces a warm, melodic sensitivity amidst the cutting edge of rhythmic static. Meanwhile, "Analogue Tender" is warped and jazzy, with a laminator-gone-wrong beat and musical noodlings hidden within. The whole thing is a little more lively and animated than many experimental offerings, which results in an energetic release that isn't overly abrasive. Only true enthusiasts of abstract and experimental electronic music need apply here, as twenty four tracks worth of this stuff might scare off less adventurous listeners. But if you know what you're getting into, Wag the Swing will prove to be yet another fine offering from the burgeoning Ukrainian electronic music scene.

mp3s (from out of nowhere, spacy drift


youuuuuuuutube!: zavoloka live at dnipropetrovsk, kotra live at dnipropetrovsk

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 24 tracks, 63:33, distributed by the label, released 2007]