Angelic milk is a project of a Sarah Persephona from Saint Petersburg, Russia. Her music, which is pretty creepy, is made on her own completely with a little help of her old guitar and computer. The critics hate it and only the real phycos think its rather cool. Are you mad enough to understand? Too lo-fi to live, too gothpop to die.
Born after the fall of the Soviet Union, Persephona grew up listening to the Ramones, Patti Smith, and David Bowie. While these previously inaccessible foreign artists found some popularity in Russia, its mainstream music industry was (and still is) dominated by domestic pop artists so it took some time for Persephona to find friends with similar tastes. “I was quite depressed about not having anyone to share my music interests with,” Persephona says. That changed when, at 14, she met a friend at camp who played guitar and shared a love for Bob Dylan. “He thought that I could be a songwriter. So I started a band with two girls.”
Her bandmates eventually lost interest but Persephona didn’t give up. “I believe in myself like crazy…For me it’s something mystical,” she says “I don’t even make any B plans, you know, in case I’m left with nothing. It’s quite risky but I think that’s what helped me a lot.”
Persephona taught herself how to play guitar by watching YouTube videos and eventually bought herself an Epiphone Les Paul. After posting a few solo bedroom recordings as angelic milk on popular Russian social network VKontakte, Saint Petersburg music collective Saint-Brooklynsburg took interest. “The Internet is a super cool thing,” Persephona says, “It’s very important for us here, because Russian bands start putting their music on the Internet and they start getting noticed.” Foreign fans and labels began to take note as well (including the staff at PNKSLM, who discovered angelic milk on Bandcamp).
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