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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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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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Indie Rock Mag reviewed Variát

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 du mois 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.

http://www.indierockmag.com/article34644.html

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A short review on VARIÁT from the Silence And Sound:


“VARIÁT builds industrial architectures ready to collapse in the gaping holes opened by metal monsters playing post-metal fueled by gothic folk and cabalistic experimentation. An intense and dark album.”

https://silenceandsound.me/2021/10/26/variat/

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15 Questions to Dmytro Fedorenko

Fifteen Questions just published an interview with Dmytro Fedorenko (Kotra / Variát) on the topic of Sound.

https://15questions.net/interview/dmytro-fedorenko-talks-sound/page-1/

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Great review on Variát from Vital Weekly

You may not have heard of Variát before, but it is the newest musical project from Dmytro Fedorenko, who worked earlier as Kotra. He recently stopped his Kvitnu label and now only concentrates on making music. There is indeed a bit of change here. As for instruments, he currently lists guitar, bass, synthesizer and drums, whereas, in the old days, I would think it was all electronics (digital and/or analogue) and drum machines. What remained was his approach to sonic overload. Many of the releases by Kvitnu were indebted to the legacy of Pan Sonic. That is brutal beats and ditto synthesizers. That brutality is also present here, but now he’s using instruments. Maybe Variát plays these live, and perhaps these are sampled; most likely, I would say it is a combination of both. Take, for instance, ‘There’s Lot Of Light Leaking All Over’, in which loops of guitar noise and drums (and bass, no doubt) battle against a solitary non-looped organ. The information recalls the use of “blown amps, toms played with a hammer, and drilled cymbals”, all of which I can easily see within the context of this record. One of the things this record is not is a dance record. To be fairer, I would call this is a rock record. A noise rock record, to be precise. I like this a lot. The fact that Fedorenko makes a radical break with his past music, and yet, for all the brutal approach, at the same time, he stays completely in line with his past. I find that quite an achievement. The wall of noise rock approach with real instruments, treated with electronic devices, sampled and giving them more strength via sound effects, makes these eight pieces strong music statements. Music that needs to be played loud or not at all. There is simply nothing in between. There is no escape, and total surrender is required, but something beautiful will be yours. (FdW)

http://vitalweekly.net/1303.html

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Superb in-depth review on VARIÁT from Bad Alchemy magazine

Ganz Auge, Pupille, Black Hole mit Event Horizon, schon dass Dmytro Fedorenkos Aquarell-Artwork beim Anblick zurückblickt, als gigantischer kosmischer Abgrund, ist von enormer Sugggestivität. Auf der Rückseite ein Ring, ancient, wie eine von Patina überzogene Ausgrabung – Uroboros. Dazu verspricht der schon als Kotra und mit Kateryna Zavoloka als Cluster Lizard geschätzte Ukrainer als inzwischen einer meiner Lieblings-Berliner: A new wave… A new sound… A new beginning… An infinite becoming… A movement away from the stillness, to search self within self: ‘See, It’s You, Always’ und I already am what I am seeking. Rumis “Why am I seeking? I am the same as he. His essence speaks through me. I have been looking for myself” ist davon eine Variante, Pindars “Werde, der du bist”, das Nietzsche 7-fach variiert hat als Wahlspruch der Neuen, der fröhlich-Wissenden, Sich-selber-Schaffenden, eine andere. Fedorenko umkreist und variiert es in mit Gitarre, Bass, Synthesizer & Drums intoniertem Black Wave, der zähen Sludge und teeringen Post-Metal zu Doomgaze zermulmt und zerstampft. Steintrolls keltern die Zeit, raue Frequenzen zerren, feilen, nagen am Selbstverständnis von Raum und Zeit, von Licht und Nicht-Licht. Zu okkult-rituellen Beats setzt sich eine Armee der Finsternis in Marsch. Greifen sie uns an, oder sind nicht wir selber die Orks, wie ich nicht müde werde, ins Bewusstsein zu hämmern? Nietzsche riet, der Schlange den Kopf abzubeißen, Bataille visionierte ein souveräne Kopflosigkeit unter einer schwarzen Sonne, ein portugiesisches Sprichwort weiß aber: Wie man sich auch dreht und wendet, der Arsch bleibt immer hinten. Fedorenko sagt: ‘There’s Lots of Light Leaking All Over’. Morgenröte? Silberstreif? Den Schatten, den werfen wir selber, Melancholie und Wissen sind siamesische Zwillinge, eine platonische Einheit: ‘The Halves Are Once Again Together’. Beats stampfen und pauken, der Bass surrt und knurrt, die Gitarre wühlt, Synthisound schimmert, Cymbals zischen, Doom und Anti-Doom, das Drohende und eine sich schleppende Drangsal verwischen. So wie in „Nazis töten“ Objekt und Subjekt, wie in ‘Wake Up, Fire’ Feueralarm und “Fire Walk with Me”. Zavoloka überschrieb “Promeni”, ihre Feier der feurigen Elements, mit Burn the past and ignite the future now. Ich denke, dass Fedorenko da nah bei ihr ist.

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Variát on three more radio stations around the World

ERR Klassikaraadio, Estonian national radio, Fantaasia program
https://klassikaraadio.err.ee/1608325211/fantaasia-aivar-tonso

The Parish News, Resonance Extra
https://theparishnews.com/episode-263/

Byte FM, Knuspern
https://www.byte.fm/sendungen/knuspern/2021-09-19/22/

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Variát on ERR Klassikaraadio

Estonian national radio, Fantaasia program

https://klassikaraadio.err.ee/1608325211/fantaasia-aivar-tonso

Tracklist:

  1. Rebecca Vasmant – Timing’s End
  2. Booker Stardrum – Steel Impression
  3. Aaron Dilloway & Lucrecia Dalt – Trueno
  4. e & H (eleOnora + Richard Thompson) – June session, Riga (19-06-19) – Pt II
  5. Maarja Nuut – Mees, kes aina igatses
  6. Kiwanoid – Enter The Untitled
  7. Stein Urheim & Jørgen Træen – Konglekjertelen
  8. Nytt Land – The Fires of Ragnarok
  9. Shiva Feshareki – Supernova
  10. Vinyl -Terror & -Horror – In Another World
  11. David Toop, Akio Suzuki, Lawrence English – Small Holes In The Sky
  12. Juhani Silvola – The Slow Smokeless Burning of Decay
  13. Kiri-Uu – Veimevaka jagamine
  14. Michael Wollny, Emile Parisien, Tim Lefebvre & Christian Lillinger – Michael Vs. Michael
  15. Sander Saarmets – Improvisatsioon Maajaamas 14.08.21
  16. Senyawa & Black to Comm – Istana Suara
  17. Kaspar – Check Point
  18. Variat – See, It’s You, Always
  19. Sofie Birch & Johan Caroe – Dod & Hav
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VARIÁT on BBC Radio 3

Late Junction: Musical Purgatories

Tracklist:

  1. Dos Santos – A Shot in the Dark
  2. Puce Mary – I Pray For Deliverance, The Size Of My Desires
  3. Rakhi Singh – Dhūṛa
  4. Desire Marea & Griffit Vigo – Tavern Kween (Griffit Vigo Remix)
  5. Scattered Purgatory 破地獄 – Limbo Litter
  6. Hildegard von Bingen – Symphonia et Ordo virtutum: O Euchari, in leta via
  7. Tanya Tagaq – Ajaaja
  8. Vera Kappeler & Peter Conradin Zumthor – Orthopedia Avantgarde
  9. Kaspar – Toupies
  10. Alasdair Roberts – A Lyke Wake Dirge
  11. Lucy Canchimbo – Alabao: “Sábado de mañana” (Saturday morning)
  12. Matteo Fargion & Andrea Spreafico – Canto 1
  13. Henry Threadgill – Now And Then
  14. Fimber Bravo – Call My Name
  15. VARIÁT – Wake Up, Fire
  16. MC Kono – Il Jini Song Wapi
  17. Francesco Giannico – Primum Mobile
  18. Dark Star Safari – Patria
  19. Glenn Astro – Flux
  20. Nikki Sheth – Paddabolela
  21. M. Ward – Migration Of Souls
  22. Mary Lattimore – A Unicorn Catches A Falling Star In He

Listen to the whole program here:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000zmxx
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000zmxx