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The Brvtalist is pleased to premiere a new track from Kotra

Out April 7 in CD and digital formats. Pre-order yours on Bandcamp: kotra.bandcamp.com/album/radness-methods

https://soundcloud.com/thebrvtalistxx/premiere-kotra-self-credence-compression-prostir5
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The Quietus about the upcoming Kotra album

Dmytro Fedorenko is one of the most distinguished artists on the contemporary Ukrainian electronic scene. He founded the Kvitnu label and formed the band Cluster Lizard with Zavoloka. As with Kotra on Radness Methods, he draws inspiration from ritual drumming and meditation techniques, which he translates into the language of dense beat-based electronics. In this sonic noise, he creates multi-layered patterns of beats and industrial passages, which are very dark and aggressive. His compositions have the progressive form of suites, which do not end with a single motif but often develop over the length of ten minutes or so. The shamanic mood and raw, metallic sound base of martial rhythms are most attractive here. The beat allows you to immerse yourself in the intensity of the modern ritual structures.

https://thequietus.com/articles/31234-ukraine-music

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Radio On Berlin with Dmytro Fedorenko

Radio On’s friendship with Dmytro started in the winter of 2013-2014. In a weekly series of skype connections we listened to his reports from the Maidan uprising. Those events turned out to be decisive in the further development of Ukraine as an independent state. Russia didn’t agree with the new government. The war in Donbass, the annexation of Crimea were small steps towards the massive invasion we witness now.

Dmytro came to our studio to talk about all this, and give some insights from an Ukrainian point of view: the wars in Georgia and Chechnya were much more than images and words on TV and in the newspapers.

To not allow the curtain of darkness unfold over our souls we also talked about how the end of his label Kvitnu opened ways to new horizons. You will hear the name and history of Oles Berdnyk, Soviet and post-soviet moods, Startrek, Zelensky, family, friends, days with three hours of sleep and friends somewhere in Berlin talking about this while trying to keep a light heart.

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A new interview with Variát from the Chain D.L.K. zine

“… This project sees the imprint of a newly founded label Prostir and blends dissonances, corroded and corrosive sounds forged by hammered toms, drilled cymbals, metallic objects hit like percussion, and over-amplified combined with sparkles of synth-driven pierced modulations and even hooks to folk songs. Let’s give the word to its author.”

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VARIÁT is in Top100 albums of 2021!

http://www.indierockmag.com/article34782.html

“I Can See Everything From Here” is in 15th position of Top100 albums of 2021 by Indie Rock Mag version!

“On connaissait l’Ukrainien Dmytro Fedorenko pour l’électro-indus forcené et le glitch déstructuré de son projet Kotra, pour les expérimentations synthétiques en tous genres du label Kvitnu désactivé il y a peu, ou plus récemment pour les soundtracks techno post-apocalyptique et vaporeux du duo Cluster Lizard qu’il forme avec sa compagne et graphiste Zavoloka chez Prostir, successeur de Kvitnu, et dont le nouvel opus Star Corsair vient justement de sortir. Autant dire que la surprise fut conséquente en découvrant ce premier album de VARIÁT, ovni qui le voit tenir en plus des synthés des instruments tels que guitare, basse et batterie pour accoucher d’un inclassable titan instrumental aux saturations imposantes, à la croisée d’un metal expérimental présentant quelques atomes crochus avec le doom liquéfié des sorties récentes de Nadja, et d’une ambient dystopique et noisy, presque harsh par moments, qui semble s’élever des ruines de la musique industrielle pour inventer son propre langage cinématographique, celui d’une menace mythologique en apparence décrépie mais bien résolue à en découdre dans un dernier élan d’énergie noire et viciée.”

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GROOVE magazine reviewed Cluster Lizard’s “Star Corsair”

Cluster Lizard, Berliner Duo der Ukrainer Dmytro Fedorenko and Kateryna Zavoloka, beziehen sich in ihrer Interpretation und Ausformung eines experimentellen Beinahe-Club-Post-Technos auf Star Corsair (Prostir) auf das gleichnamige Science-Fiction-Werk des ukrainischen Autors und Menschenrechtsaktivisten Oles Berdnyk. Im detailversessen retro-dystopischen Sound des Albums finden die freiheitlichen Space-Utopien Berdnyks einen spannenden Resonanzraum.

https://groove.de/2021/11/15/motherboard-november-2021/3/

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ZAVOLOKA for SOUNDS OF CHORNOBYL

http://soundsofchernobyl.org/

Звуки Чорнобиля. Випромінення / Sounds of Chornobyl. Radiation

Zavoloka performed live for the project “Sounds of Chornobyl” in the yard of School number 1 in Pryp’yat’ in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, where she presented the new composition “To Those Who Saved The World”.

This video tells the story of the abandoned city of Pryp’yat’ through one of its symbols – School number one, which is already collapsing, as well as our memory of this tragedy.

“Той, хто не пам’ятає свого минулого, засуджений на те, щоб пережити його знов”

Recording date – October 26th, 2021
Location – Pripyat, School #1

Над відео працювали / Video credits:
Music artist: ZAVOLOKA
Visual artist: Valeriy Korshunov
Produced by SOUNDS OF CHORNOBYL team
Executive Producers: Oleksandr Kiychenko, Valeriy Korshunov, Sveta Korhunova, Sergey Zeinalov
Art Director: Valeriy Korshunov
Project Manager: Oleksandr Kiychenko
Head of Production: Sergey Zeinalov
Camera Crew: Kirill Rusanivskyi, Maksim Kostenko, Oleksandr Kobzarenko
FPV Drone Pilot: Zbroy Films, Andrei Zbroy Svjatoslav Zbroy
Drone Operator Footages: Artefact Film
Video Editing & Color: Valeriy Korshunov, Sergey Zeinalov, Maria Illina

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Backseat Mafia reviewed Cluster Lizard’s “Star Corsair”

Deep and dark electronica. One could imagine the production of Star Corsair evolving in a room full of huge modular synths, lights pulsing while two dark figures loom over the machines, pressings keys and turning dials. A wonderful ambient bed of sounds shimmering over drifting melodies and synthetic beats. As an immersive listening experience, Cluster Lizard have achieved their goal of composing a soundtrack to Oles’ Berdnyks’ book and at the same time transcending far beyond its media. Star Corsair is one of those albums that has the ability to create multiple audio experiences on each listen as you are drawn to the different elements within its complex layers. An audio trip into the outer reaches of ones own imagination.

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Yellow Green Red reaction to Variát

Perfect for the autumnal season, here comes the Ukrainian artist Dmytro Fedorenko and his Variát project. It’s kinda like dungeon-synth without the synth, if that makes sense? In place of any obvious keyboards comes bass guitar in an extremely heavyweight form, often bristling at the edges with digital distortion and speakers vibrating beyond their capacity. They’re not riffs so much as sustained brutal notes, somewhat in the school of Swans, though I’m also reminded of Leda’s avant heavy metal repetition and the rich depths of sonic sludge that Black Mayonnaise liked to trawl through. I think there’s also some sort of occult vibe happening with I Can See Everything From Here – that sure is one scary eyeball on the cover – but I’m generally kind of oblivious to the mystical dark arts or black magic or whatever. In a horror movie, I’d probably be the first one to go, that random non-believer who disappears before things barely get started. When it comes the deep ominous drift and poisonous klang of Variát, however, I’m happy to stay put for the full duration.

https://www.yellowgreenred.com/

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12.11.2021 Cluster Lizard live in Berlin

November 12, 2021, Friday
CLUSTER LIZARD live at Eclectique in About Blank club, in Berlin, Germany
https://ra.co/events/1467907