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“The moniker Zapaska hides the identities of two performers, one female (Iana Shpachinskaia) and the other male (Pavel Nechitailo). Folks living in Ukraine, especially residents of Kiev, might then recognize those names as part of two other, older projects. Shpachinskaia fronts the band CheChe and Nechitailo is a member of Propala Gramota. This background is useful in that our two artists, when brought together, have relatively little to say for themselves. Their musical style is sparse, lo-fi, and yet deliberately inclusive of the outside world - in terms of hiss, squeaks, and various bumps that remain in the recordings. Both musicians have substantial professional experience behind them, so why resort to these miniature noises? Nechitailo made some interesting observations to the Ukrainian press recently that shed light on the situation. Following a few words to his interviewer about the raison d’etre of Zapaska, he then paused and said: “Music is a religion. It mustn’t be sold…””
— Far from Moscow, Dreaming of Something Better: Zapaska, Silver Wedding, and Orchestra Che


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