Kedr Livanskiy (Russian for Lebanese Cedar) is the project of Moscow musician Yana Kedrina, whose excellent string of releases on Brooklyn imprint 2MR only exist because label bosses Mike Simonetti (Italians Do It Better, Troubleman Unlimited) and Mike Sniper (Blank Dogs, Captured Tracks) just so happened to spot her music on Soundcloud. Early singles “Sgoraet,” “Razrushitelniy Krug” and “Winds Of May” glowed with the same sort of unpolished, majestic allure emanating from Chromatics and Glass Candy’s first releases on IDIB, and hooked us just as swiftly. While last year’s January Sun was a delectable primer for Kedrina’s sound, Ariadna invites you even deeper into her rabbit hole; a poppier affair with stronger emphasis placed on vocals and lyrics sung almost exclusively in Russian. After January Sun, which was produced entirely in Ableton Live (could’ve fooled us), Kedrina chose to pivot to a new hardware setup, and Ariadna is decadently fleshed out with a lush array of sounds from the classic Roland SH-101 and Juno-106 synthesizers and the Korg Minilogue. Despite the decidedly lo-fi, proletariat quality of the recordings, which (perhaps inadvertently) sound like the artifact of a forbidden Soviet-era bedroom techno session, Ariadna is fresh and surprisingly modern, culling a bold range of influences not often present in your average lo-fi house record: Boards of Canada, Coil, Psychic TV, drum & bass and late Soviet-era mainstream electronic music. Additionally, Kedrina is quick to cite kindred spirits Maria Minerva and Inga Copeland as influences, and fans of these two Estonian acts should be all over this. Best tracks: “Ariadna,” “Love & Cigarettes,” “Sad One,” “Za Oknom Vesna,” “Your Name.” Includes code for digital download of the full album plus bonus cut “Fire & Water.” Recommended.
- digital download included
- music label: 2MR 2017
reviewed by peanut dust 09/2017