Staraya Derevnya: Boulder Blues LP
Music of the international kraut-folk collective Staraya derevnya resists any direct comparison. Rob Hayler (Radio Free Midwich) described their live performance as “psychedelic and truly dream-like in a way that so little art described as ‘surreal’ gets anywhere near … a glove-like fit for the hypnagogic experience of losing yourself”.
They play an array of home-made instruments and sing in imaginary tongues, accompanied by primal live artwork. “The listener is taken on a journey that's perhaps best described as one third aural Alice Through the Looking Glass, one third experimental psych jamboree and one third impossible to describe." (Mark Whitby, Dandelion Radio).
Boulder Blues is a wonderful collection of trance-like hypnotic, psych compositions, at times entering CAN territory with a ritualistic intensity.
"A kind of psychedelic hypnosis which fully immerses you in this sound" – Louder Than War.