“Volch’ya Yagoda” and “Vetvi” albums will be available for purchase on Bandcamp only until October 18, 2020

Dear friends, please don’t be alarmed if you don’t find our “Volch’ya Yagoda” and “Vetvi” albums on streaming services – this is associated with very good news, but we will tell about them a bit later. It’s a secret for now. The albums will be back soon. At the moment they are only available on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/TheodorBastard. Another important news: “Volch’ya Yagoda” and “Vetvi” albums will be available for purchase on Bandcamp only until October 18, 2020. After that, they will disappear from sale from this service forever. If you want to purchase these albums in high quality on Bandcamp, you can do so in the next two days. Our bandcamp: https://theodorbastard.bandcamp.com Hurry up!

Yana Veva sing in the upcoming single by Kati Rán

Yana Veva – vocalist of Theodor Bastard – sing in the upcoming single by Kati Rán – Dutch paganfolk singer and multi-instrumentalist. This epic song is inspired with Icelandic sagas. Other recording artists are remarkable: Icelandic composer Borgar Magnason and Norwegian vocalist Kristian Eivind Espedal. Borgar Magnason is one of Iceland’s leading musical figures having worked with the likes of Sigur Rós, Björk, and Brian Eno among others. Kristian Eivind Espedal is the founder of Norwegian black metal band Gaahls Wyrd. And Theodor Bastard is well-known in Russia musical band has been working in the genre of nordic folk / electronic music for over 15 years. “Working with the Nordic vocalist Yana Veva was something I have wanted to explore further, ever since hearing her during a live concert in the Netherlands. It needed the right song, the right moment and the right circumstances and for this new body of work all those components fell into place. I am very grateful for her most personal contribution to my new work” – said Kati Rán.

Excellent review from an Italian journalist in Italian

Excellent review from an Italian journalist in Italian. Only one clarification: Volch’ya Yagoda (Wolf’s Berry) in Russian is the name of a poisonous and at the same time healing berry. This folk name is difficult to translate into another language. This is certainly not Wolfberry (Goji Berry). But in general, the journalist has felt the spirit of the album and its roots. Respect! For anyone who read in Italian: http://rock-impressions.com/theodorbastard3.htm

Italian journalist Giancarlo Bolther talked to Fedor Svoloch

There are not many interviews with Theodor Bastard in English and the more valuable they are. Here is an outstanding Italian journalist Giancarlo Bolther (rock-impressions.com) talked to Fedor Svoloch, the founder of Theodor Bastard. Fedor “In general, in the term World Music, in this concept itself there is something flawed. I began to understand this only recently. It’s like Thai beads that local residents sell to tourists in order to somehow survive, and the tourist brings them home and shows them as an exotic. That’s what the modern genre of World Music is. This is not so joyful. And at some point, we realized that with our Africa and other things, we are like these tourists with beads. But we were born in the north, all my and Yana’s childhood passed in the village on a farm. We are familiar with old folk songs, Slavic spells and lullabies. Since childhood, we heard the sound of a gusli, a harp, a beep. Why not record it, why not sing about what is closer to us?” See more: bit.ly/3fPapuf

the Bandcamp action is happening today

Dear friends, the Bandcamp action is happening today. You could greatly support us if you would buy our releases today. Because today all the money from sales is received by musicians without any fee. Now, in addition to releases that were not in your collection yet, and to new album, you can purchase the collection of remixes – album Remixed – in maximum sound quality. And one more good news: you can buy all our releases at once with a 15% discount here: https://theodorbastard.bandcamp.com

Finnish journalist Tuomas Harviainen has written a review about new album

An amazing Finnish journalist Tuomas Harviainen has written a review about new album by Theodor Bastard for the magazine Kultturivihkot. It was released in the rubric «Top soundtracks for our quarantine times»:

«”The Russian-Karelian arts collective, Theodor Bastard, formed around Fedor Svolotch, in turn keeps changing its style from one disc to the next. They make game music as well as ethno, and one never knows what is coming next.

Their newest album, Volch’ya Yagoda (2020), is however quite traditional modern folk music, where one can hear both nyckelharpa and jouhikko. The band, as always, shows here its’ members’ undeniable mastery over what they decide to do.

Yana Veva’s is just as big a pleasure to hear as always, in any genre. And the material dances brilliantly between the clichés of Slavonic folk, Eurovision song contest mentality, and machine influences, but never ever crosses over to being corny in any way.

The single from the album, Les, is soft and beautiful. It does not really stand apart in style from the other pieces, but the lack of a clear “hit” often does good for albums in this genre. Due to that, on the other hand, for example Urzala shines out with its strength. The band’s instruments are clearly recognizable from each other and the album’s production quality is nothing short of perfect. So if you are like me and feel bad about missing the Kaustinen folk festival this year due to the circumstances, this album should work as an excellent substitute.»

The song “Secrets” was written by Fedor under the impression of reading the impressive monograph by Sofya Mikhailovna Loyter

It’s not the first year when Yana and Fedor have been fascinated by studies of children’s folklore, where children act as an ethnic group, as a kind of small people. A people who are still closer to “there” than to “here.” A people that has its own special connection with the cosmos, with the world of the collective unconscious and with the whole mythological layer.

The song “Secrets” was written by Fedor under the impression of reading the impressive monograph by Sofya Mikhailovna Loyter “Russian children’s folklore and children’s mythology: Research and texts.” The textual material of which widely represents the children’s tradition of Karelia and of the region that especially famous in the world folklore – of Zaonezhie. When creating the lyrics, Fedor relied on this monograph, and partly on other books about children’s folklore and on his childhood memories. In the songs of Theodor Bastard, consciously or not, we quite often turn to the themes of childhood. We use the symbols of childhood: game songs, teasers, countings, fables, as well as sayings and riddles.

Today Bandcamp store performs an action to support musicians

Dear friends, today Bandcamp store performs an action to support musicians. Bandcamp is waiving its revenue share on sales today. They do not take away their fee! So we would be happy if you could support us exactly today and we decided to add our own action: we will send our yet unreleased song personally to anyone who will buy any our album today on Bandcamp. The hope that concerts will be allowed this year is very little. A challenging time has come for all musicians, but we try to stay with you and keep releasing songs. By the way, Bandcamp is an unique service where you can purchase music in lossless format! Our page on Bandcamp: https://theodorbastard.bandcamp.com Thank you very much and take care!

Urzala is a piece of our experience of solo travels to the most remote corners of the Karelian and Ural forests

Urzala is a piece of our experience of solo travels to the most remote corners of the Karelian and Ural forests, as well as to the north of the Kola Peninsula. We were especially impressed with the acoustics of the forest Ural caves. For example, the Miracle Cave – the longest cave in the region of Chusovaya River and one of the most beautiful caves in the Ural.

This cave is located in a wild forest, on the slope of Mount Kladovaya, and its entrance is a narrow loophole, through which you need to crawl surrounded with cliffs by all sides. Claustrophobic and scary experience. Then the space expands and the grotto begins, which cavers call the Great. There is absolutely unhuman acoustics here.
Urzala song is the quintessence of these travels, of observations the natural acoustics of forests and caves, and it is a certain sum of shamanistic experience and shamanistic practices available to us. The entire Volchya Yagoda album is dedicated to the forest. Of course, the first associations arise with the northern forest, which we know. But the forest is where we all came from.

And even when we return to it for a short time from the city, we feel it. The forest is our home, we feel it. Such things, probably, may not be explain, the listener is unlikely guessing about them, but they pass through the entire album – slivers, whistles, similar sound little things.

P.S. Dear friends, we remind you that we still need your support and we continue to raise funds for the release of our album which was delayed by the pandemic and the cancellation of concerts. Here you can support the group: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=2bBCJ7oH4wuCTwaKOb_jFIxHNC0o57ZvZC0xa9ULBCQHAwXf0FjuI5LsRQq&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8db8175432b4df92754f4b4adb5a123d61&rapidsState=Donation__DonationFlow___StateDonationBilling&rapidsStateSignature=bb0825dae1a0c02cf74ff3115bd63378705c7b6a

New album now is available on all digital stores and streaming platforms

Dear Friends, New album Theodor Bastard – now is available on all digital stores and streaming platforms.
New album Theodor Bastard is available on all digital stores and streaming platforms.

The long-awaited new Theodor Bastard album Volch’ya Yagoda is a major work the band has been working on for the past five years. Theodor Bastard albums aren’t released very often, but they invariably attract increased attention of audiophiles and music critics.

The multilayered and unpredictable album Volch’ya Yagoda inherits the band’s recognizable multigenre approach where psychedelic trip hop combines with cinematic instrumentals and archaic world music meets modern technological electronics. Theodor Bastard combine Russian texts with glossolalia and shamanic spells as easily as they change instruments on stage. Yana Veva and Fedor Svoloch compose music not only within the band, they regularly record soundtracks for popular computer games. Over many years they have sharpened the art of weaving complex sound canvases where the listener feels like in a labyrinth.

From album to album Theodor Bastard carefully and masterly combine many different exotic and traditional instruments. Volch’ya Yagoda is no exception. The special northern atmosphere of the album is created with Nordic nyckelharpa and jouhikko, primeval flutes created from tree roots and shamanic percussion. And as always, the leading role in the album belongs to the voice of Yana Veva, exciting and bewitching by its deepness.

Volch’ya Yagoda takes the listener to the cold and twilight realms of marshy swamps of taiga and mossy tundra, to unexplored places where the earthly plane and the spiritual world are separated only by a very thin ghostly veil. For over twenty years Theodor Bastard have been known for their amazingly serious attitude to the world beyond that very frontier.

Credits:
Ilia Dobrokhotov – nyckelharpa, jouhikko
Vyacheslav Salikov – cello
Ekaterina Dolmatova, Alexander Platonov – choir
Maria Starostina – harp, flutes
Evgeniy Khromov, Alexander Dubovoy – piano, synths
Sergey Smirnov, Timofey Smagliev – drums
Viktor Sankov, Pavel Paukov, Vasil’ Davletshin – bass
Alexei Kalinovskiy – keyboards, guitar
Kusas – percussion, marimba, melodica, shakers
Fedor Svolotch – dulcimer, percussion, drums, guitars, synths, keyboards, noises, ukulele, davul, bell, drum programming, lyrics, vocals
Yana Veva – flute, keyboards, synths, guitars, frame drum, ukulele, shakers, ocarina, clay whistle, lyrics, vocals

All songs written by Yana Veva and Fedor Svolotch (except Volchok – folk lyrics)
Arranged by Fedor Svolotch and Yana Veva

Producer: Fedor Svolotch

The album was recorded at Theodor Bastard studio and Dobrolet studio.
Engineer (all drums): Alexander Dokshin
Mixed by Fedor Svolotch and Andrei Alyakrinskiy

Mastered by Boris Istomin
Artwork: Yana Veva, Fedor Svolotch, Stepan Samosevich

Booklet photos: Alexander Corvus, Maris Grunskis, Sebastian Jakob, Alexander Schitschka, Valerii M, Volodymyr Goinyk and Light-Studio

New album Theodor Bastard is available on all digital stores and streaming platforms.
BandCamp: https://theodorbastard.bandcamp.com/
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/album/1506853212
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3bzYfTC
Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/album/140574432
Amazon: https://music.amazon.com/albums/B086VZB515
Tidal: http://www.tidal.com/album/136779097
Zvooq: https://zvuk.com/release/10819915
Yandex: https://music.yandex.ru/album/10371429
Boom: https://boom.ru/redirect/album/10011349
VK Music: https://vk.cc/asVUTs
Google Play: https://tinyurl.com/wolfberryGPM
YouTube Music: https://tinyurl.com/wolfberryYTM
QQ Music: https://y.qq.com/n/yqq/album/004VL4o00HpOgJ.html
Amghami: https://play.anghami.com/album/1011772067
KKBOX: https://www.kkbox.com/tw/tc/album/V3UQKxlVBqc-90F4JI2k009H-index.html

We will be grateful for the sharing this information. And we remind you can support our band here (we still really need your support): https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&[email protected]&currency_code=EUR