The Grus ‎- Nest (MENTAL 23​​/​​3)

by Mental Records Studio

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    Limited edition of 100 hand numbered copies.
    Cassette issued in cardboard o-ring slipcase (without plastic case).

    Limited edition of 100 hand numbered copies.
    Cassette issued in cardboard o-ring slipcase (without plastic case).

    Hailing from the relatively serene and picturesque north western town of Tver in Russia – always a noted if not well known part of the country’s fabric since Medieval times -, The Grus duo of Simon Gendor and cooing siren Alexandra Zhuravleva spend their days producing some of the most organically rich trip hop and dreamy electronic pop. Using a mix of analogue synths, handmade instruments, mics and old-fashioned discarded guitars from the “Soviet” era they create their very own wilderness and folkloric tapestry.The Grus’ latest wind-up pastoral suite Nest is imbued musically and thematically with three different Russia’s: the ancient, the Communist era and its aftermath; those old remnants of the cold war period disappearing under a faux-capitalist dictatorial leadership are reflected on the album, which alludes and moves to the organic sound of nature staking its claim over technology. Obviously receiving radio signals from a Broadcast, Stereolab and Zero 7 dominated airwaves, the constantly churning trip hop opener ‘To Be A Child’ borrows much from Massive Attack and that often forgotten Britpop era synth pop outfit, The Sneaker Pimps. Zhuravleva holds more than a candle to Liz Fraser, her coquettish vocals almost evaporating before your ears but then sleekly soaring off on a held note into the ether. A lumbering motion is kept up throughout, with industrial sounds, a yearning saxophone that acts like the collective sighs and alludes to the underbelly of a city, and the environment all playing their part. There’s even an excursion into the cosmos, with the Soyuz orbiting requiem to ‘Jupiter’; a track that sounds like it was plucked unblemished from the burgeoning trip hop era of the 90s. In fact the whole album sounds sweepingly majestically out of step with the times, and could be mistaken for an obscure record, dug up from that very decade. There’s also a couple of touchingly saccharine numbers, delivered on the piano, that as personally elegiac and respectful to the people and souls they are written for, could be skipped. Apart from that, this mysterious green-fingered electronica opus is a pretty languid and sound production, which unfurls its delights at a placable pace.

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released August 2, 2016



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Mental Records Studio Russia

Russian Independed Experimental and Electronic Music Label.
Based in Tyumen, Siberia.
Founded in 1996.

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