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Ukraine underground music label Muscut has just released a fundraiser compilation Воля (Volia which in English is Freedom) with the proceeds going towards Ukraine’s defense from Putin’s murderous war madness. It’s a glorious compilation of experimental underground music, with plenty to interest fans of the more experimental hauntological field recording aspects of the likes of Broadcast, Eno, Stars of the Lid, etc. Here’s “Smspce” by Mlin Patz.

Mlin Patz a solo project of Chillera band member Polina Matskevich (electric guitar), an outlet for her experiments with sound collages, field recordings and dub sound. “Smspce” here mixes organic field recordings with submerged echo and delay guitar, creating a haunted unsettling ambient soundscape like a dark out-take from Eno’s “Music for Films”.

The compilation opens with a track from the artist featured on the previous post, Bryozone. The musician behind Bryozone, Ganna Bryzhata, is a member of the Odesa dub-surf-instrumental trio Chillera with Matskevich. Chillera also feature on the album.

From the Muscut Bandcamp page for the compilation:

On February 24th, Russia diabolically invaded Ukraine. The world is witnessing a moral catastrophe and war crimes. As a response, Muscut invited Ukrainian artists to join forces in raising funds to support those in need. 100% of the label sales are donated to the “Razom” initiative’s partners and our friends-volunteers who are fighting back the occupier in different Ukrainian cities.

If you are interested in digging even deeper into Ukraine’s music underground dive into this excellent overview from The Quietus.

Here’s another band from Ukraine, the psychedelic rock ensemble called ME’LERON, who released their English-language album “R” in 2017. The opening track “So Dear To Me” is a psychedelic riff’n’radio-pop anthem.

So Dear To Me” here sounds somewhat adjacent at times to the music of bands like Oh Sees, Tame Impala, Dungen and Amon Düül II, with its riff-heavy psychedelic rock and sweetly melodic chorus.

However, one of the band’s stated influences is Fleetwood Mac, so the album also takes a more sun-dazed melodic rock tangent on a few tracks before the heavy psychedelics kick in again for the trippy instrumental closer “Amorousness“.

There’s also an excellent three song ME’LERON release from 2019 called “Мелимоноль” which is recommended as well.

ME’LERON are from Poltava, which is just south-west of Kharkiv, one of the Northern Ukraine cities to have suffered so much of the terrible Russian bombardment so far in this war of aggression from Russia. Poltava has a similar population to Wellington in NZ, and has a round central city ‘square’, like Dunedin’s Octagon. Here’s hoping the members of ME’LERON are safe and have a chance to resume their music “from the very heart and soul of love, peace and joy” sometime in the future when this insanity ends.