Evgeny “Mahno” Pjanov was the bass player/guitarist of “Grazhdanskaya Oborona” in the mid-90s, ridiculously passed in 1999. The unique solo album which remained after his death is a really outstanding piece. Solo guitars here are played by Kuzja and Letov, who also played drums. So that sounding reminds “Solntsestoyanie” by “Grazhdanskaya Oborona” (a muddy and dense wall of a poured guitar sound and the vocal deduced on the foreground is not surprising). But similarity with GO the sample of 1997 is limited only to a sound. In the rest, album music represents light but invariably sad guitar post-punk. Mahno does not use foul language and does not shout, he sings the multiple-valued associative texts with intonation and a vocal reminding both Sasha Vasilev from “Spleen” and that Kuzya. Solemn guitar rumble (including psychedelic guitar solos, continuous coiling wah-wah’s in the background, “acid” lotions and the usual air walls of sound) can be also heard here. Evgeny Mahno is known among fans of the underground-punk of the Siberian origin, and there it is simply named “punk”. But actually it is punk in the original sense of this word. In the sense of «Do It Yourself». Beautiful and surprising, monstrously underestimated record.

Edited by SilentHedge on 12 Oct 2008, 10:20

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