Boomkat Product Review:
Svitlana Nianio’s exquisitely fragile electro-folk paeans are available on vinyl again with a very welcome new pressing by Tom James Scott’s label, Skire, who also hipped us to her amazing work with Oleksandr Yurchenko - RIYL Terry Riley, Julia Holter, Cucina Povera, Teresa Winter
‘Lisova Kolekciya’ is pure dream substance. Recorded in Kiev, 1995, and first pressed in 2017, with multiple sold-out editions that rarely turn up for 2nd hand sale, the album is understandably prized for its Casio-coaxed confections of traditional Slavic music and modern composition that rest easy on the mind somewhere between Terry Riley’s ’Shri Camel’ and Cucina Povera or Teresa Winter in its focus on ancient music via modern means. With puckered melodies edging on chamber classical and new age ambient, in effect it features Svitlana teasing at the edges of folk music, factoring its storytelling functions with elegantly spare electronic settings that make the narration yet more appealing and understandable to non Ukrainian speakers.
Entirely pressed from scratch due to the original plant losing the metalworks, ‘Lisova Kolekciya’ is faithfully represented in its entirety with Svetlana’s Casio MT-200 and voice accompanied by Oleksandr Yurchenko’s Casio CTK-200, and recorded by Konstantin Nazarenko, who subtly dapples it with effects. While it was never made with intention to be listened to outside their circle of friends, the results surely resound with contemporary ears trained to the peripheries and open to ideas of magic realism, and who are able to trace the links between folk and its offspring in classical, ambient and synth-pop. It’s very simply the definition of a spellbinding oddity that demands attention from start to close. A real no brainer.