Boomkat Product Review:
Seemingly out of nowhere, Narcissi mesh Russian folksong with power electronics, ‘70s kosmiche tropes and ‘90s trance synths in a standout debut for the Danse Noire label. Tipped!!!
Strikingly dramatic in an austere-but-romantic Russian style, Narcissi’s eponymous debut sounds like fuck-all else in circulation right now. ‘В Путь-Дорожку Дальнюю’ is a hugely memorable introduction, with distorted, radioactive pulse and whining theremin-like tones buoying a Cyrillic sing-a-long for the end of days and saving a final coda for dancefloor victories. The piquant arps and lilting vox of ‘Скакал Казак через Долину’ follows in a style calling to mind Conrad Schnitzler teaming up with Vanligt Folk, and the soaring design of ‘Не для Меня’ is surely destined for your “beatless avant-gopnik trance rollers” folder, while the ambient ballideering of ‘Ах Ты, Ноченька’ proves the depth of their range with epic style.