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Ariadna (ариадна)

by Kedr Livanskiy

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Comes with bonus 12" including Fire & Water and VINYL ONLY track Sunset. Both on black vinyl. Limited to 300 copies.

    Includes digital pre-order of Ariadna (ариадна). You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases September 8, 2017
    item ships out on or around September 4, 2017

      $24 USD or more 

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Comes with the January Sun EP audio on the disc.

    Includes digital pre-order of Ariadna (ариадна). You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases September 8, 2017
    item ships out on or around September 7, 2017

      $12 USD or more 

     

  • Cassette + Digital Album

    Includes digital pre-order of Ariadna (ариадна). You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases September 8, 2017
    item ships out on or around September 7, 2017

      $7 USD or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of Ariadna (ариадна). You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    releases September 8, 2017

      $9 USD  or more

     

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2.
Sunrise Stop (остановка рассвет)
3.
Your Name (имя твоё)
4.
Mermaid (русалка)
5.
ACDC (электричество) [feat. Martin Newell]
6.
Za Oknom Vesna (за окном весна)
7.
Love & Cigarettes (любовь и сигареты)
8.
Sad One
9.
Fire & Water (огонь и вода) [Digital Bonus]

about

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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releases 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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Kedr Livanskiy Moscow, Russia

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. 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'. ... 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)

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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