Wednesday 10 August 2022, 8pm
Staraya Derevnya and Skull Mask return to Cafe Oto to launch their new album "Boulder Blues".
The music of the international kraut-folk collective Staraya Derevnya resists any direct comparison. Rob Hayler (Radio Free Midwich) described their live performance as “psychedelic and truly dream-like in a way that so little art described as ‘surreal’ gets anywhere near … a glove-like fit for the hypnagogic experience of losing yourself”. They play an array of home-made instruments and sing in imaginary tongues, accompanied by primal live artwork. “The listener is taken on a journey that's perhaps best described as one third aural Alice Through the Looking Glass, one third experimental psych jamboree and one third impossible to describe." (Mark Whitby, Dandelion Radio)
Stream of consciousness improvisations on guitar that is as much informed by the middle eastern music tradition as the avant garde in its most bleak and abstract forms. Music tales that take you to the Mexican desert winds. Since 2007 releasing sporadic tapes, CDRs and downloads this run marks the project return to the living form.