The new album DYATLY by Ole Lukkoye is a captivating trance journey accompanied by shamanic chants of a female vocalist Ness with original melodic experimentation of “folklore from nowhere.” All tracks presented on this album had been recorded during various performances and mastered at the studios of St. Petersburg and New York; and as such, offer a fresh and unique sound to the album. DYATLY is being released as a limited collectors edition.
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The “Ole Lukkoye” Project (OL) has been living and developing since 1993 when
its first album Zapara came out. Boris Bardash created a group belonging to a
musical trend which turned out to be very difficult to define, though the group's
music was undoubtedly contemporary. There was one thing common about the estimations
of this music the use of the word “psychedelia” in the sense of “clarifying
the mind”, but no precise label such as reggae, trip-hop, jazz, rock, etc. had
been found. The main thing about the OL group has always been a powerful rhythmic
base consisting of electronical loops and sequences along with live instruments
from the African jamba and the Turkish darabuka to the shaman drum. The combination
of the sounds that belong to different ethnic cultures and the contemporary rock
instruments paradoxically doesn't create a sense of eclecticism. The musicians
don't play the music of this or that country but they create the language of their
own images which is common for all nations, for the roots, the source, the oldest
motherland. That seemed strange in the cold northern city of St Petersburg. So
OL was taken as some natures wonder existing on its own. At different moments,
according to the set task, the OL Project co-operated with musicians playing various
instruments: bassoon, rubab, bass guitar, cello, banjo, trumpet, bayan (Russian
accordion), etc. When Sergey “Macho” Kuznetsov joined the group he added visual
elements (such as video performance, computer animation) to the music; thus the
OL Project acquired an extra dimension. Beginning with 1994 OL has been touring
Europe a lot. The tours and festivals in Norway, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Croatia,
Slovenia, Sweden, Poland, Belgium, Czechia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Hungary,
Finland brought the group constant friends and admirers. After their successful
performance at Burg Herzberg Open Air '99 the OL musicians got to know the legendary
cult German group “Faust”. The result of this co-operation was the issue of the
OL album “The Crystal Crow-Bar” with the “KLANGBAD” label in 2000 (recorded and
produced by Johen Irmler, the leader of the “Faust” group). The artistic friendship
between Klangbad and OL has lasted until now, and in the summer of 2004 a fresh
album is planned to be recorded by the OL Project at the new Klangbad studio.
By now the OL group has issued 8 albums: 5 studio ones and 3 live ones. By the
moment of the creating of OL Boris Bardash (BB) was not only a mature musician.
His interests were much wider: philosophy, ethnography, archaeology. In his music
all this becomes one magic alloy which goes deep through the ethnic motifs and
archetypal signs to the spiritual roots of the mankind and then ascends high.
But the way there always runs through the heart. The music of OL works on many
levels of the mind, of the subconscious or of the mere aesthetic feeling. In BB's
songs there are no precepts at all, on the contrary many of them are written
in a language that doesn't exist. In a paradoxical way this language turns out
to be understood by listeners of many countries. And many people feel nostalgia
for some lost homeland. The OL's audience is not at all limited by age, it's quite
various and even paradoxical in its composition. Some consider OL an excellent
rhythmic group with music to which one can dance with pleasure. Other people take
this music as meditation and an impulse to travel beyond the borders of everyday
life and limitations. And the most incredible group of admirers are the deaf and
dumb people who attend the concerts by OL in St Petersburg and come home feeling
happy. It isn't known how the music affects them. Many people consider this to
be witchcraft but it's more right to call it magic, or inner alchemy; and OL are
people who have come too close to the fire.
Musikfreund verfolgt die lebendige Entwicklung der osteuropäischen Szenen
schon seit längerer Zeit. Ob Prag, Budapest oder St.Petersburg in den kreativen
Zentren dieser Städtewerden Akzente gesetzt, die
weit über die Landesgrenzen hinausreichen.