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Russia has an amazing underground music scene that is breaking out…for quick reference here is a top 10 bands that are on Spotify and that we like at the moment – please feel free to add more!

Review of some of the bands below…

1. ShortParis

Stunning set from St Petersburg, Russia and the latest brilliant band to emerge from the East as yet another part of the all-consuming New Russian Wave who meld the stark industrial landscapes of Belgian New Beat, mid-period Einsturzende Neubauten with the stadium possibilities of Depeche Mode but with their own imaginative edge and a charismatic singer who delivers the vocals with a captivating chanson falsetto and Russian melodies (Read the full review here)

2. Lucidvox 

Very much one of the key bands in the New Russian Wave – Lucidvox deal out a stunning, psychedelic-tinged rush of garage rock and neo-grunge on their own terms. The music is an engrossing total trip with their singer, Alina’s, almost mystical Russian folk melodies adding a twist to the band’s full-on electric rush, her crystal clear vocals from behind the Christmas tree lights she has thoughtfully placed on her mic stand and her occasional flute playing adding a mystery to the trip entwined with the high voltage sisterhood behind her – wonderful band.

5. Glintshake

Glintshake are an avalanche. The Russian band deliver a loud and enveloping wall of post-punk, post shoe-gaze, beautiful noise and somehow find cascading and captivating melodies in the distorted wall of noise.  Front-woman Katya Shilonosova has a kooky presence that is hypnotic and pulls you into their post-punk, post shoe-gaze wall of engrossing sound. There is melodic magic in the maelstrom. A shoal of melodies in the tidal wave of life-affirming cranked pedal comfort noise.

5. Pinkshinyultrablast

With their second release Everything Else Matters, Russian five-piece Pinkshinyultrablast showcased their brand of ethereal shoe gaze…

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