Following the success of their 2014 EP Night, Russian indie outfit Pompeya embarked on an extensive US tour, which included a stellar show at SXSW, and then headed straight back into the studio to record new material. After months of isolation and hard work, they are now presenting their third full-length album Real, out worldwide on May 5th.
Featuring their trademark blend of 70s disco, 80s New Wave and 90s indie rock, the band’s much-anticipated new record was recorded in Philadelphia, New York City, Savannah and Orlando — all places Pompeya had never been before. They enlisted producer Brian Mctear (of Local Natives and War on Drugs fame) to give their new songs a fresh sound and the result is effortless and “real”.
“For the new album, we wanted to create music with a larger message,” the band explained in a recent press release. “We were forced out of our comfort zones, forced to experiment more and discuss serious topics like growing up, loss, fatherhood and staying true to yourself without going crazy. These are the real stories of our lives, and the real sound we want to present.”
For more info, check out Pompeya’s official site or Facebook. You can buy their new album now on
Ivan Dorn (Иван Дорн) is a Russian-born Ukrainian singer, formerly one half of pop duo Пара Нормальных, who launched his solo career in 2010. A classically trained pianist, Dorn won many competitions and awards in his younger years.
“Стыцамен” was written and produced by Dorn as an homage to dancefloor ready disco hits and bass-fueled house music. Both a commercial and critical success, the song was released as the third single taken off his 2012 debut album Co’N’Dorn.
More info on Ivan Dorn’s official site or Facebook. Buy:
Born in the Russian Far East but now based in Moscow, indietronic outfit Sistra (aka сИстра) is finally ready to share their self-produced debut album Telegram Cloud. The record features 9 new tracks recorded between May 2011 and April 2012 and it is available for free download on the band’s SoundCloud.
Sistra - Tiny Boat
Sistra’s sound combines post-rock riffs and heartfelt vocals with electronic beats and synthesizers to create something unique and compelling. At times their soundscapes evoke the cold plains of their native Khabarovsk, other times they burst into a flourish of colours emotions, but the result is always passionate and haunting.
Sistra - Gentle Dead People
If you like what you hear, check out Sistra’s Facebook for more info and go to SoundCloud or BandCamp to stream their music.
Upcoming Russian talent Kirill Sergeev aka Saint Petersburg Disco Spin Club has been pumping out records in the last few months on such labels as Snuff Trax, Shanti Records, Tusk Wax and Conservation Dept. Born and bred in Saint Petersburg, the young artist is part of the ebullient Russian disco house scene, which has seen the emergence of acts such as Ponty Mython, 7th Myriads or The Papers.
SPDSC - I Need It (Lovebirds Mix)
After the success of his collaboration with Lipelis (better known for his work with Pompeya) on the I Need It EP, Sergeev is now releasing the highly anticipated Love Spin EP, featuring three new originals and a remix by Volta Cab. Released on Whiskey Disco, the record is available on vinyl via Decks.de and will hopefully get a digital release later this year.
For more info and music, check out SPDSC’s Tumblr or Facebook. Stream a bunch of tracks on SoundCloud and buy on Juno.
Barely a year after their dazzling debut album Tropical, Moscow-based indie outfit Pompeya is already back with a gorgeous new record. Featuring seven brand new tracks, the album is appropriately titled Foursome and it is currently available as a free download through the band’s SoundCloud.
Pompeya - Pitsunda (Пицунда)
Foursome was entirely recorded and produced over the course of one month in Los Angeles at Bedrock studios (previously patronized by the likes of Beck, Yeasayer and The Black Keys) and this change of scenery seems to have had a strong impact on Pompeya’s sound. During the recording process the band soaked up a lot of different influences and distilled them through their new compositions, which sound more mature and assured than ever.
Pompeya - Wait
Find out more on Pompeya’s official site or follow them on Facebook for up-to-the-minute updates. Buy on