Russian producer Aleksander Tochilkin finished his second full length album as Koett, titled 'Thaw'. Inspired by imaginary trips to the North, his 9-track LP releases February 5th.
'Thaw' once more serves as reminder that the Russian music scene is alive and kicking. With fellow countrymen Pixelord, Monokle, LongArm, Lapti and DZA, Koett is one of the electronica musicians that fly the flag for the mega state. Recorded with a Polyvox (an old Sovjet replica of the Moog), Yahama DX-7, Blofeld Waldorf and the Roland TR-808, the album could work perfectly for a dark club setting or as a soundtrack for a late-night headphone session.
Koett is based in the sunny southern part of Russia close to the Black Sea and Georgia. Imaginary travels to the North inspired him to record his new LP. "I always wanted to make a journey to the North, going to places where there are endless steppes and many kilometers of taiga stretches, where a man and his ego are simply nothing in comparison with nature. For me this album is some kind of journey through the places where I sometimes dream to go."
'Thaw' is the follow up of Koett's well received debut LP 'Golden Peak'. The new album has a similar vibe to Koett's previous effort - it balances between the more instrumental acid sound and dusty house music. Lots of live instruments, analog synths and eastern sounding samples blend the album into a diverge piece.
I'm amazed at this artist's ability to distill ingredients which sound essentially to my ears like 80's goth rock into the most uplifting -- nigh religious experience inducing -- music ever. I discovered Tycho a few years ago via YouTube; the recording was a dawn DJ set at Burning Man. Now, Burning Man and dawn are both things I prefer to avoid, but I'll bet that was a pretty awesome experience nonetheless, and I'll admit to wishing I'd been there. Madeline v. F.