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SHARE: Behind the Iron Curtain Vol. 2

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SHARE: Behind the Iron Curtain Vol. 2

Postby Passing_Stranger » Sat May 02, 2020 4:32 pm

Hi guys! A new compilation here, and something a little unusual this time. I remember someone asking here for some new wave from USSR, and also last year lots of people discovered a song "Na zare" by Alliance, which made quite a few curious about whether there was any kind of new wave/synthpop scene in the USSR. So I decided to dig and came up with quite a few examples. Still, the answer is complicated - while there were songs and even albums in that style (or rather approximation of it), there was never really a "new wave scene" as such. Those often were experiments with fashionable Western sounds, and artists could fluctuate between new wave/synthy stuff, eurodisco-derived music and hard'n'heavy rock during their evolution. And with state-controlled music environment there simply could never be any kind of independent full-fledged movement, only underground activity in home studios (only state-approved musicians could record in "real" studios, those were rare and queue to record in them stretched for years sometimes).

And yet there was a very developed tape network with USSR-wide and very fast tape-copy services. So while this music rarely saw the light of day on vinyl, it thrived on cassettes, which were the medium if you wanted to listen to new music, both home-grown and foreign. Therefore lots of songs I'm going to post are taken from digitized tapes - bear that in mind regarding quality, in many cases even faulty tapes are all we have. Though mostly they're alright :D Oh yes, I'm doing it all in mp3, as there's no real point in lossless given the sources of the music and besides often mp3s are all I have and I don't like to mix formats.

The first compilation is here: https://mega.nz/file/2k1D1CoL#XFbYRsTju ... yXOMNMntGA

It's rather technological/futuristic thematically, which was very novel for the USSR then. If there's interest, I can give little comments for each song and performer.

Enjoy and let me know what you think, especially if there's a need to continue :)
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Re: SHARE: Behind the Iron Curtain (USSR Synthpop)

Postby crichert » Sat May 02, 2020 6:04 pm

Hey Passing_Stranger!

Interesting share - I recently stumbled upon some USSR synthpop on YouTube, and it's intriguing! I'm always excited to hear obscure 80's music, so I appreciate the share and would love to hear more in the future!!

Thank you!! :mrgreen:
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Re: SHARE: Behind the Iron Curtain (USSR Synthpop)

Postby Docman427 » Sat May 02, 2020 11:09 pm

I love compilations like this. Feel free to post more.
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Re: SHARE: Behind the Iron Curtain (USSR Synthpop)

Postby maccafan076 » Sun May 03, 2020 1:41 pm

Sounds interesting. I'm gonna give it a listen. Thanks
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Re: SHARE: Behind the Iron Curtain (USSR Synthpop)

Postby Passing_Stranger » Tue May 05, 2020 9:48 am

Thanks for the feedback, guys! Most certainly will do more - at least two or three will follow. Started digging the homegrown stuff seriously during the shutdown, so am still finding songs that fit the description :D

What I find saddening is that there's next to no interest in Russia to re-release all this. I tried to get a couple of reissue labels interested in a compilation of Soviet synth songs, but nothing came of it, this stuff is seemingly not held in high regard (or maybe people don't want to bother with all this legal stuff regarding copyrights and so on). So while other countries release one compilation of "their own synthpop" after another, we in Russia have nothing and, it's sad to say, I don't see even one of those coming. On the other hand, that gives me freedom to do ones myself, especially as NWO seems to be just the place for it.
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Re: SHARE: USSR Synthpop Vol. 2

Postby Passing_Stranger » Thu May 07, 2020 6:48 pm

Hi guys! So I did another volume of Soviet synthpop experiments - there's quite enough material for a whole series, as it transpires. The first compilation was more poppy, this one can be called "synthpunk" as there are songs recorded with limited equipment on tape in home environment, with sometimes risky themes. Some can be termed minimal synth and are fine examples of the genre. 10 songs again, mp3 320 kbps, this volume is a bit shorter than the previous for which I'll try to compensate with the third one :)

The link is here: https://mega.nz/file/Xo0QnC7A#IxByJkMTR ... e3MKLZw07U

Enjoy!
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Re: SHARE: Behind the Iron Curtain Vol. 2

Postby PKPN » Fri May 08, 2020 1:16 am

Thanks for these! You might also be interested in these sites:
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Re: SHARE: Behind the Iron Curtain Vol. 2

Postby maccafan076 » Sun May 10, 2020 1:24 pm

Im still getting around to listen to the first one. Thanks for the second vol :D
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Re: SHARE: Behind the Iron Curtain Vol. 2

Postby Passing_Stranger » Tue May 12, 2020 8:43 am

maccafan076, enjoy (hopefully)! Next week will do a third one :D

PKPN, thank you for the links! Baran are really good at what they do, as for the other one, it's more concerned with jazz-funk-soul then with synth-electropop. But I'll be checking it occasionally just in case :)
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Re: SHARE: Behind the Iron Curtain Vol. 2

Postby PKPN » Tue May 12, 2020 10:48 am

Sorry, yeah, I should have been more specific. Check the mixes page at https://sovietgroove.com/tag/mix.html and look for e.g. Soviet Electro Mixtype and other interesting mixes around 2010–2011.
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Re: SHARE: Behind the Iron Curtain Vol. 2

Postby Rissan » Sun May 24, 2020 11:47 pm

THanks a lot passing stranger or sharing this unique and obscure music.
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Re: SHARE: Behind the Iron Curtain Vol. 2

Postby Passing_Stranger » Mon May 25, 2020 12:02 pm

Thank you for the attention! I'm going to do more, now am gathering stuff. Hopefully this week :D
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Re: SHARE: Behind the Iron Curtain Vol. 2

Postby crichert » Mon May 25, 2020 5:31 pm

Exciting to hear that - thank you!! :mrgreen:

Passing_Stranger wrote:Thank you for the attention! I'm going to do more, now am gathering stuff. Hopefully this week :D
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