The Ukrainian rock band The Bajikans were introduced in February.
The Bajikans – Passenger Of Life – Vinyl
From the dozen track LP Passenger Of Life, released earlier this year, Comeongetyou ,the seventh displays The Bajikans in a more rock centred mood than indie and to my mind stronger for it.
Comeongetyou allows The Bajikans to deliver a more natural flow of sounds in which all the players sound more comfortable and as such bristling in confidence, which allows the audience to relax more easily into the music.
This live version of Comeongetyou was recorded last month.
Make Like A Tree is the indie-folk vehicle for Sergey Onischenko, originally from Ukraine to release his thoughts musically.
Make Like A Tree – Animal – artwork
The LP Animal, set for release on the 3rd of December, is based on Sergeys experiences travelling through various countries over the past two and a half years, with each of the eight tracks recorded in a different country, often with collaboration of locally based musicians.
Happy B Song, the first track on Animal explores connections with nature and features the French musician Fred Roudet on Trumpet accompanying Make Like A Tree in a five and a half minute journey of introspection.
Daniel Bogdanenko (Guitar / Vocals), Vitaliy Koutsiuk (Bass), Ruslan Dobrov (Drums) and Denys Rybchenko (Guitar / Backing Vocals) from Kiev in Ukraine form the spacey-indie band Indytronics.
On hitting play you get the sense that gravity is falling away as a Indytronics deliver a heavily reverbed sound which minds of exploring the earth’s mesosphere. An ever present percussion gives the out-put the anchor, whilst guitars are able to float around the pivot, with the bass providing the connectivity to which vocals echo between the elements.
Despite the easy viscosity of the music, the ears catch a scratchy energy which gives Indytronics the ability to provide the listener with an unfolding story-line of building intensity that maintains the attention. The quartet are able to transport the audience from altitudinal loftiness to crunchy temper and inevitably it is when they hit the ‘press-on’ button I find most enjoyment.
Though having been around since 2012, it was only earlier this year that their début LP – Scintilla Wave was released and it is a fine introduction to the band.
I certainly look forward to hearing more over the coming years.
From the war-zone of Luhansk in Ukraine Anton Cherednychenko (Vocals / Guitar / Synth), Nikita Voloshanovsky (Drums / Synth) and Dima Walewski (Bass) still manage to release music in the form of the synth-rock out-fit Seven Waves.
There is a surprising warmth that emerges from the speakers as Seven Waves reflect of turmoil not in angst, rather in considered contemplation of the rocket blasted buildings in their surrounding perimeters. The electronic kit allows the duo to provide the audience with shimmering stacks of Cumulonimbus cloud which drift across the room drafted with inner turmoil.
An ever present percussion taps across the ears like a sentry on duty, whilst guitars hum in the background as a vocal spears to anxious upper notes and Seven Waves utilise the synths to paint the imagery of the thoughts offered.
Formed back in 2013 with the idea of extracting cohesion betwixt division Seven Waves found themselves torn asunder by the bullets flying and the members segregated to slightly more hospitable climes, before facing the reality of staying alive was the challenge and finalised their first EP.
Now set to work on a second EP for our consideration. Those of longer stay will recall from 2010 an Afghani trio – Kabul Dreams – who are still able to navigated a path of war-zone. Of less certainty is D.J. Foundation from Mosul in Iraq who is now presumed dead after a year of no contact by anyone.
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The Bajikans is Alexandr Shabalin (Guitar / Vocal), Dmitriy Novikov (Bass) and Andrei Usov (Drums) an Indie-rock band from Donetsk in Ukraine.
Belying the surrounding chaos The Bajikans deliver a sound that harks of playful guitar and unbounded enthusiasm as the trio harness ’60s Carnaby Street psychedelia with rumbling rock, but it doesn’t sound as though the material is rooted in history as the music is delivered with a lightness of mind in which the audience can dance with abandon that acts as an antidote to the bombs falling outside.
Originally formed back in 2009 with a more indie-pop centred sound under the name The Last Of Bajikans, the trio drifted apart to side projects before reforming with a new name in 2012 and more driven music that has resulted in establishing themselves as a must see live band. For those of us further away The Bajikans have plans afoot for an LP, which is set for imminent release – Passengers Of Life.
Having had the opportunity to hear a few tracks from the album, this is one to add to the collection, both for its intrinsic musical quality and equally for marking a moment in geo-political strife.
As regular readers know bands from war-zones frequently appear, with their unbridled passion to keep creating, despite what is happening around them and I thank Elena for dropping me a note and The Bajikans for keeping candles burning.