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Gulag Tunes was a conceptual art-rock project which reinterprets the folkloric music of the gulags by combining traditional Russian minor-key melodies with roots rock.

The themes that form the core of Gulag Tune's instrumental compositions are all based on traditional prison music (or similar songs) banned during the Soviet era for being too brutal,cruelly romantic or otherwise distasteful to the regime.

Prison songs (known as blatniak) in Russia enjoy great popularity similar to one of country music in the… read more

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