Kedr Livanskiy shares new video “Bilo Vremya (There Was A Time)”

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Today, Kedr Livanskiy shares the video for “Bilo Vremya (There Was A Time)“, a track recorded in 2014 before the release of the acclaimed January Sun EP and last year’s debut album, Ariadna. The song seamlessly weaves the hazy, dream-like vocals which Kedr has become known for with a jungle inflected beat, and the video proves to be a perfect companion piece.  Noisey premiered the clip, saying the song  “…sounds like something you’d hear at a rave under a railway arch in 2010 south London, where drinks are poured warm into paper cups and it’s too sweaty to see. Also, the song bangs hard.
Speaking on the video and track, Kedr reveals: “Three years ago we went with my best girlfriends to the country side. Just a couple of days before I wrote this song. We took the camera and just got stuck off to shoot the video as we stagger around the neighborhood. There is no storyline and no special idea here. In fact, it’s just like a story in an Instagram today.
Upcoming live dates:
May 3 – London, UK – Pickle Factory – SOLD OUT
May 4 – Amsterdam, NL – Garage Noord/Subbacultcha
May 25 – Lucern, CH – Uferlos
May 26 – Bergen, NO – Ekko/Østre
May 30 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound
Jul 7 – Roskilde, DK – Rosklide Festival
Jul 14 – Gräfenhainichen, DE – Melt! Festival
July US Tour TBA
Aug 11 – Helsinki, FI – Flow Festival
Aug 16-19 – Berlin, DE – Pop Kultur 2018
Sept 20 – Nantes, FR – Scopitone Festival
“…Livanskiy establishes a candlelit mood that’s both inviting and elusive, romantic yet tantalizingly remote.” – A.V. Club
“Capturing the mood of the past and that of the future is a rare feat, but Kedrina has found the path connecting the two and has found her musical voice there.” –Bandcamp
“….Kedrina’s techno-infused pop suggests the intimacy of a confined space while reaching toward the ineffable…” – Pitchfork

Kedr Livanskiy (real name Yana Kedrina) released her critically acclaimed debut full-length Ariadna via 2MR in the autumn of last year. The album is Kedr’s escape from reality.  She was born into a shifting and critical time for Russia’s Soviet Union – old values had been exhausted and were anathematized because of reconstruction.  A sense of displacement drove Kedr to find herself.  ‘Ariadna’ repeatedly explores the imagery and ideas of romanticism, mythical and fairytale themes.

Kedr also channels the places in her neighborhood on the outskirts of Moscow (affectionately dubbed by her as “BORDER MOSCOW”). There’s a river there where identical Soviet high-rises stand on both sides, with a bridge and garbage processing plant adjacent. Where nature and industry meet. The whole scene looks very apocalyptic, but also mystical and mysterious, especially at twilight.

Her inspiration for this record comes from the Izhevsk (sometimes referred to as “the capital of Russian electronic music”) sound of the 80s, including groups like Stuk Bambuka V XI Chasov (Bamboo Crash at 11AM) and Samtsy Dronta. The movement in Russian experimental music is especially inspiring, with acts likes Valery Chkalov, Sergey Kuryokhin and Pop Mechanica; in general, the late-Soviet period was very inspiring with all its figures in music, cinema, their energy and their approach towards life and art.

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