Saturday, April 22, 2006

Russian Electro

I don't know anything about this fellow Vershinin, and I haven't been able to find any information on him. His stuff sounds old, analog, I imagine this guy as sort of a pioneer in Russia, inspired by early european electronic acts like Kraftwerk and Einsturzende Neubauten while his soviet contemporaries were churning out idealistic, state approved ballads.

These two songs, Elektricheskiy Poezd (Electric Train) and Igraiu s Robotom (something Robotic) indicate a fascination with industry, technology, and robots that further supports a comparison to Kraftwerk--it's easy to think of "Elektricheskiy Poezd" as a Russian counterpart to "Trans-Europe Express" and "Igraiu s Robotom" to "The Robots."

As for his name, it could be a reference to a character in The Three Sisters, one of Anton Chekhov's plays about the downfall of Russia's privileged class. Chekhov's Vershinin is a charming, philosophizing, adulterous battery commander who's wife repeatedly tries to kill herself. Maybe Vershinin has named himself after Chekhov's character, or.....maybe Vershinin is just really his name.

Vershinin - Elektricheskiy poezd
Vershinin - Igraiu s robotum


20jazzfunkgreats said...

i don't know either, but its quite nice in it,
thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

semi oldschool, decent beat and bland lyrics that sound synthetic,
+1 for russia!

Anonymous said...

Please don't bring the 80's back. MTV made that impossible. If you do I'll remind you of "A Flock Of Hairdo's".