Felinno: How did you meet – and how did you get started
making music as
Dmitry is our guitarist. He and I studied together in
school. After that, we got hold of an old synthesizer and – for a
joke – invented the name
2muchachos. We were joined by
Alexandra; she would just attend our rehearsals and started
to sing along. Eventually we bought her a bass guitar.
F: Tell me about your musical background and your main
V: We started studying music way back in our early
childhood. I was singing solos even in kindergarten.
Dmitry studied the balalaika in his early school years;
Alexandra has been singing in choirs since she was 11. So
you can see that we all got a serious education! (Laughs) We would
all listen to the music from Soviet fairy tales, films and cartoons
as we grew up; they were available on records. That material would
have a big influence on our taste later on.
Alexandra: My parents played in a band; my Dad was on drums,
and my Mom sang or played keyboards.
F: How do you view the Russian independent music scene
F: What can you tell us about your recording process? I mean
the field recordings you use, together with old analog synths, and
: We record various sounds from nature: bird songs and so
on. We do that using a Dictaphone – and turn some of those noises
into a backdrop for our music. Other noises are used in producing
beats. In “
” say, we used the noise of a
camera shutter; in “
Northern Sea Ghosts
” you find the sound of
freezing-cold stones. We just want to share our local atmosphere
here with other people. As for old analog synths, we simply like
the sound a lot. We’re fond of Soviet synthesizers, like
. They’ve got a unique, warm sound – and there’s
nothing better for transmitting our feelings.
A: The old camera we like best is that
Zenit. It reproduces exactly the kind of color range we see
(and feel) around us. It all looks like old, faded imagery.
F: The first time I heard your music, I had the lovely
sensation of being half-awake, in the middle of some lush, green,
landscape. How that relationship between nature and fantasy
influence your music or visual style?
: We get around a lot using bicycles – or sometimes we walk
back and forth to a cottage that’s not far from our hometown. It’s
in a quiet stretch of forest, not far from the
. That general location helps us to write music a great deal.
We’re generally big fans of nature. We’ll often take a tent and
head off to some distant place… You really feel a sense of liberty
when you get into those surroundings.
V: Nature and the forest are important to us. They’re the
only place where you can feel at ease and distance yourself from
the pointless chatter of the city. It’s only when you feel the
peace and quiet that you’ll be able to appreciate the beauty and
fundamental kindness of nature. That’s the sphere we’d like our
listeners to both sense and appreciate.
F: You’ve published a lot of works, each of which is unique
in its way, but I’d like to ask about your debut album, “
Formanta” (2010). Can you tell me something
about that record?
V: It was produced over the course of several years,
starting when we first came together. The title comes from the
Latin word for “formation,” in fact, and is also the name of a
Soviet synth. It’s fair to say that the album has a fixed concept
behind it. Everything’s based around a calendar year, beginning in
the autumn. Each track flows into the next and the work as a whole
reflects our ideas regarding some fundamental issues like time,
freedom, dreaming, fear, love, and mutual understanding.
V: Our mood often depends upon the time of year and our EPs
are designed to let us share those same, changing emotions.
: The EP is our own, special way of saying thanks to those
people who’ve inspired us. “
” and “
” for example, are dedicated to
specific individuals. Then there’s the track “
” which is a variation of “
” – something you’ll find on a forthcoming
F: You were recently on the
100 compilation -how was your involvement with that
French label? Any other plans to work together?
A: We’ve always liked that label and have corresponded with
Reno on Facebook. It was she who wrote and suggested we
publish something together. We’ve also collaborated with
Reno’s own project, “
Press Color.” One of those tracks includes my vocals.
V: We look forward to working more with
Beko and will always be glad to collaborate in some
F: Can you say a few words about your next album? You say
it’s inspired by the forest again?
V: Yes, that’s absolutely right. As we said, the forest
remains a really important and special place. It’s never what it
appears to be at first glance; the forest reflects our internal
world. It’s embodies what you might call the atmosphere of our
subconscious – a state that allows you both to perceive and analyze
reality more accurately. That new album won’t be as positive in
outlook as the EPs. It’s more of a flipside to what we’ve done
already. We’ve been working on it for a couple of years – and the
material’s all ready now. We just need to fix the final details.
We’d like to release it by the end of the summer.
A: When we were recording it, a few bizarre events took
place. One night, when we were completely alone in the forest
cottage we just mentioned, we were working on the track “
Forest Knows.” A huge fir tree – all of a sudden – collapsed
on the roof. And then, not long ago, we were discussing some
possible artwork for the album, and an owl appeared from nowhere!
Maybe they were signs! (Laughs).
wanted the tracks to evoke the atmosphere of an old, overexposed
photo – something showing a careless, sunny day. We also wanted to
share some of our favorite music with people, plus some recent
songs – ones that can conjure specific emotions" -
Norm Chambers is one of my favorite musicians of the last
few years. There’s nothing excessive in his work. Nothing more than
what you need to slip away – into your dreams. This is a track from
his last album, “
Death & Vanilla
We came across these guys when we
found their four-track EP from 2008. Their style and sound,
especially the synths, remind us of the UK band Broadcast, whom we
love. This is a track from the
Zero Gravity Love Song
This is one of our big discoveries
of the last few weeks! If heaven exists, then it probably sounds
something like this. I really recommend their new release, “
Futurist Haikus and Tiki Dreams.”
Pique-Nique et Jeux dans l'Eau
We reckon this is the prefect
soundtrack to a carefree summer picnic. The track is a new version
of something from the EP "
Time To Meet Outside."
When I first heard this
masterpiece, it really blew my mind! I think it’s the band’s best
work to date.
We’ve loved this sunny-sounding
duo since their “
Imaginary Falcons” release. This track is from their
forthcoming album “
One of my big revelations from the
start of the year, but it sounds like something I’ve known my whole
One of our favorite bands.
Everything they do is full of warmth and kindness. The track from
the 2009 album, “
In the Dream of the Sea Life.”
Classic Krautpop! I remember being
younger and often listening to this on a cassette player during the
This wonderful girl has already
put out a great single on the
Beko label we’re so fond of. That’s when we noticed her and
fell under the spell of her innocent songs.
A balearic duet from Sweden; great
music for the summer. We really recommend “
Caught in the Breeze” (2007).
Another of this year’s
discoveries! A great track to put you in a good mood; it’s got an
easy-going but crazy rhythm section, like something taken out of an
old video- or computer game.
A great synth sound here, not to
mention the lovely retro-style of the song overall.
Feels Like Nothing
Sunny pop-harmonies and a
warm-sounding track; together those things make me happy!
One of last year’s favorites. This
music sounds like it was written in the distant past. We’re all big
fans of their style. Highly recommended!
Atlantic at Pacific
A track of real genius! Endlessly
deep melodies and a really special sound.
Eugene Krylatov and Yuriy Entin
Theme music to “Guest from the Future” (1984).
This is one of the melodies with
which we grew up. It comes from one of the best-known Soviet TV
films for kids. Whenever it was broadcast, the streets would be
empty! Children everywhere were glued to the television.
Married in Berdichev
Brittany Gould’s solo-project. Lovely, fleeting melodies –
they’re just like some dreamy, unfocused state of being half-awake.
It sounds like
Liz Harris), whom we love so much… but sunnier.