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.
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.
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