Silence Kit is a band from Moscow you might’ve never heard of. While it’s more or less clear on how the project came to be, how they self-published and gave away their first record for free, how they transitioned from a more neo-psychodelia and shoegaze influences with vocals to pure instrumental post-rock in later releases, it’s still not entirely clear if they have disbanded or not, for example. They have a Facebook group that got revived by one of the band founding members last year, but it’s mostly mentioning the new projects the people are involved in. They have a bancamp account that had all of their pre-2012 records set to the pay-what-you-want price, but it’s now changed to a set price instead. And I don’t know when it was changed or why. I do know, however, that they are a band you need to check out and buy the stuff that you like.
It’s been quite a while since I wrote anything about the bands and music I wish more people were aware of. Last time I wrote anything about music was when I wrote about 2015 videogame soundtracks last year, but, apart from that, it’s been 5 years since I wrote about 2 really interesting bands – Floater and Soul Coughing. This time I want to write a couple of words about a Saint Petersburg-based project, which is, sadly, technically not existing anymore. The masters of haunting, dark and yet hopeful melancholic ambient – Anthesteria.
I was recently wondering – which were the most memorable game soundtracks last year. And how much of it was 80s inspired synthwave. Turns out, there were synths like that, but not that many and music in general was very varied. It still felt like it had nostalgic notes about one thing or another. And I also want to give a special mention to Metal Gear Solid V, which has a rather average soundtrack of music composed for it if you try to listen to it outside the game, but when in the game – sounds stellar, just like everything sound related in this game.
Floater is a curious band. Some might love lots of their songs. I like only about 15. But those I like, I like a lot. It’s a little known band from Oregon (insert your dysentery joke here), which released 8 records and play a weird mix of genres, sing “meaningful” lyrics and their records usually are centered around a particular idea.