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Ariadna (ариадна)

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Moscow's Kedr Livanskiy (real name Yana Kedrina) confesses "Synthesizers help me maximally feel the present moment." Livanskiy was born into a shifting and critical time for Russia. The Soviet Union had exhausted and old values were anathematized because of reconstruction. A sense of displacement drove Kedr to find herself. She's escaped reality repeatedly in her explorations into the imagery and ideas of romanticism, mythical and fairytale themes which visibly bleed throughout her work and especially on her debut full-length 'Ariadna'. The title track which was named after the Greek goddess, Adriane, debuted via THUMP today who've described it "anchors its elegantly drifting shoegaze melodies with a knocking electro beat."

Kedr considers this album to be divided into a couple of different parts - like how one person can contain many different moods. The first half revolves around mythological thoughts and the second takes cues from the urban and suburban environments around her, all the while in the middle of everything is the hero who experiences real feelings and emotions.

Kedr also channels the places in her neighborhood on the outskirts of Moscow (affectionately dubbed by her as "BORDER MOSCOW"). There's a river there where identical Soviet high-rises stand on both sides, with a bridge and garbage processing plant adjacent. Where nature and industry meet. The whole scene looks very apocalyptic, but also mystical and mysterious, especially at twilight.

Her inspiration for this record comes from the Izhevsk (sometimes referred to as "the capital of Russian electronic music") sound of the 80s, including groups like Stuk Bambuka V XI Chasov (Bamboo Crash at 11AM) and Samtsy Dronta. The movement in Russian experimental music is especially inspiring, with acts likes Valery Chkalov, Sergey Kuryokhin and Pop Mechanica; in general, the late-Soviet period was very inspiring with all its figures in music, cinema, their energy and their approach towards life and art.

'Ariadna' marks a change in her recording approach: her critically acclaimed breakthrough EP 'January Sun' was written and recorded completely in Ableton, while 'Ariadna' was written using the Roland SH-101, Roland Juno 106 and Korg Minilogue synthesizers, then mixed down in Ableton. According to Kedr, "This way, one gets into a flow of live interaction, here and now, with the instrument."

To her, this interaction is more "raw and sacred" than actually mixing the track down, which seems like "mere formalism" in comparison. There is a definite leap in production values this time around, but Kedr manages to keep true to her sound despite the greater polish and depth.

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released September 8, 2017

Music and lyrics by Kedr Livanskiy except:
Mermaid - lyrics by Mikhail Lermontov
ACDC - lyrics by William Blake, spoken by Martin Newell
Mixed by Savva Rozanov (Monoleak) and Kedr Livanskiy
Mastered and vinyl cut by Josh Bonati

Photos on front and back cover by Lizs Zubkova
Photos on the labels by Iakov Mironchev
Design by Pavel Milyakov

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*New album 'Your Need' out now on 2MR!*
Kedr Livanskiy’s second album, Your Need, is a celebration of life and rebirth. It’s about a fighter’s spirit, and if you will, a little audacity and courage. DJ’ing and early forms of dance music inspired a furious burst of creative energy after months of melancholy, sadness and reflection to record the album in only a matter of weeks. ... more

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Track Name: Ariadna (ариадна)
(Russian lyrics first, then the English translation)

По венам льется горный ручей,
Ты заблудился в лабиринте голых ночей

По венам льется горный ручей,
Ты заблудился в лабиринте голых ночей,
Холодных дней

Ты стоишь на другом берегу,
Отражаясь в глади воды
Твои холодные руки и песни твои
Давно не легки

Ариадна (3x)
Спасет тебя

Её рука так легка
Её рука как стрела (2x)

Ариадна

Ночью снегом станет этот зимний дождь
Ты опять проснешься и опять поймешь
Стая смутных голосов зовёт

Ночью снегом станет этот зимний дождь
Ты опять проснешься и опять поймешь
Стая смутных голосов зовёт

Ариадна (3x)
Спасет тебя

Её рука так легка
Её рука как стрела (2x)

-

A mountain brook in your veins,
You got lost in the tangle of bare nights

A mountain stream flows
Through your veins,
You got lost in the tangle
Of bare nights and cold days

You stand on the other side,
Your reflection still, in the water
Your cold hands and your songs
Heavy for awhile now

Ariadna (3x)
Will save you

Her hand is light
Like a lucky arrow (2x)

Ariadna

Winter rain turns to snow at night
You’ll awake anew and understand
A crowd of distant voices calling

Winter rain turns to snow at night
You’ll awake anew and understand.
A crowd of distant voices calling

Ariadna (3x)
Will save you

Her hand is light
Like a lucky arrow (2x)

Ariadna
Track Name: Sunrise Stop (остановка рассвет)
(Russian lyrics first, then the English translation)

Крылом взмахнула птица,
В синем небе пожар
Вдалеке запела зарница,
Этот день устал

И относительная реальность
взяла свой шанс разрушить нас.

Сделать первый шаг,
Коснуться мокрыми ладонями,
Аааааа,
Сердце застыло

Я не хочу больше верить,
Я не хочу больше ждать

Я не хочу больше думать,
Яне хочу больше знать

Не хочу больше плакать,
Не хочу больше петь,

Не хочу никого, ничего не успеть,
Ничего не успеть

Остановка рассвет,
Выход один: выхода нет.

И никуда не уйти, никуда не убежать
Автобуса нет, остановка рассвет

Океаны снов, хоровод пустоты,
в голубых городах, на асфальте земли,
мы лежали вдвоем и мы были одни

Остановка рассвет,
Выход один: выхода нет.
И никуда не уйти, никуда не убежать
Автобуса нет, остановка рассвет

-

A bird takes flight
The blue sky's lit with fire
Lightning crackles in the distance
The day has run its course

And relative reality rears its head
To tear us apart

To take the first step
Graze us with its sweaty palms
Aaaaaa
My heart is ice

I don’t want to believe anymore
I don’t want to wait anymore

I don’t want to think anymore
I don’t want to know anymore

I don’t want to cry anymore
I don’t want to sing anymore

I don’t want anyone
I don’t want to run
Out of time

This is your stop,
Daybreak
Only one way to go,
No way.

There’s nowhere to go,
Nowhere to run
There’s no bus coming,
Your stop is the daybreak

Oceans of dreams,
The void's carousel,
In pale blue cities,
On the earth's pavement,
We lay together
And we were alone

This is your stop,
Daybreak
Only one way to go,
No way.
Track Name: Your Name (имя твоё)
(Russian lyrics first, then the English translation)

Ночь невозможного сна, имя твоё,
Несколько минут и начался пожар.

Пусть это будет весной:
Каменный город сгорел дотла.

Вдоль гаражей битое стекло,
Мы оставляли следы на мокрой земле.

Пыльный асфальт превращался в забор,
Имя твоё на моей руке
Имя твоё, имя твоё, имя твоё

В эти тонкие руки падают камни,
В твоих глазах отражаются огни

В эти тонкие руки падают камни,
В твоих глазах отражаются огни

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A sleepless night,
Your name,
And in a few minutes
The fire came

Our kind of spring
The city of stone
Burned to the ground

Garages lined
With shattered glass,
We leave our footprints
On the wet grass

The dusty asphalt turned into a fence
Your name on my wrist
Your name (3x)

Stones fall into these slender hands
Your eyes reflect the lights

Stones fall into these slender hands
Your eyes reflect the lights
Track Name: Mermaid (русалка)
By Mikhail Lermontov, Russian poet, 19th century (Russian lyrics first, then the English translation).

Русалка плыла по реке голубой,
Озаряема полной луной
И старалась она доплеснуть до луны
серебристую пену волны

И шумя и крутясь колебала река,
Отраженные в ней облака
И пела русалка и звук её слов,
Долетал до крутых берегов

-

The mermaid swam the blue river,
Illuminated by the full moon,
In an effort to reach it
On a silver wave of foam

Rustling and turning, the river swayed
With clouds reflected in its waters;
The mermaid sang, and her song
Flew up the steep coasts
Track Name: ACDC (электричество) [feat. Martin Newell]
The Tyger by William Blake

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

When the stars threw down their spears
And water'd heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
Track Name: Za Oknom Vesna (за окном весна)
(Russian lyrics first, then the English translation)

За окном весна, не зови меня,
Я всегда одна, я гуляю одна

За окном весна, не зови меня,
Я всегда одна я гуляю одна

Полвторого, за окном темно,
Не зови меня снова, я останусь

Пол второго за окном темно,
Не зови меня снова, я останусь дома

Ничего не говори, отойди,
Я уже давно могу без твоей любви

За окном весна, не зови меня,
Я всегда одна, я гуляю одна (2x)

-

Spring is in the air
Don’t ask for me
I always roam alone

Spring is in the air
Don’t ask for me
I always roam alone

The witching hour
It’s dark outside
Don’t ask for me again
I'll stay here

The witching hour
It’s dark outside
Don’t ask for me again
I'll stay home

Don’t say a word
Back off, back off
I’ve been fine without your love
For a long time

Spring is in the air
Don’t ask for me
I always roam alone
Track Name: Love & Cigarettes (любовь и сигареты)
(Russian lyrics first, then the English translation)

Запреты, рассветы,
Опять дерусь я с ветром

Твоя любовь как сигареты, запреты (6x)

-

Daybreak
And warnings,
Again I grapple
Against the wind

Your love is like
Cigarettes
And warnings
Track Name: Fire & Water (огонь и вода) [Digital Bonus]
(Russian lyrics first, then the English translation)

Ночь, луна,
Огонь и вода (4x)

Ты тот, куда ты идешь
Только небо, облака
И бескрайние берега

Ты веди меня туда,
Где нет притяжения.

Забудь себя

Ты тот, куда ты идешь,
Ты тот, куда ты идешь

Ночь, луна,
Огонь и вода (3x)

This night,
The moon,
Fire and ice

You are
Where you go
Only sky, clouds, endless shores

Take me where
There’s no gravity

Lose yourself

You are
Where you go
You are
Where you go

This night,
The moon,
Fire and ice (3x)

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