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B A I K A L

B A I K A L

B A I K A L


A kindred love of small spaces - and a grand Siberian expanse - informs the instrumental project called BAIKAL. Readers may recall that BAIKAL is a solo endeavor. The individual responsible here is Moscow's Alexander Zharikov, known better in some quarters as Moskva-Kassiopeya. Zharikov's fundamental inspiration comes simultaneously from boyhood science fiction and the world's largest or oldest freshwater lake. Modest lyrical concerns evolve against the imagery of bottomless water or a boundless night sky. Siberia stands in for the cosmos. Read more on Last.fm
A kindred love of small spaces - and a grand Siberian expanse - informs the instrumental project called BAIKAL. Readers may recall that BAIKAL is a solo endeavor. The individual responsible here is Moscow's Alexander Zharikov, known better in some quarters as Moskva-Kassiopeya. Zharikov's fundamental inspiration comes simultaneously from boyhood science fiction and the world's largest or oldest freshwater lake.

Modest lyrical concerns evolve against the imagery of bottomless water or a boundless night sky. Siberia stands in for the cosmos. Zharikov's better-known moniker is the title of a 1974 Soviet science fiction movie. It comes, in other words, from a time when the grey tedium of social "stagnation" was countered with films and novels set in another galaxy.

Metaphors of hope no longer looked convincing when placed in the real world: empathy, charity, and collaboration needed to start anew - somewhere entirely different. All the way from children's animation to adult, philosophical fiction, the 1970s were rich in scientific allegory. Zharikov agrees in a new interview that the nostalgic sounds of the 1970s and '80s have a special appeal in Russia, perhaps because they recall the last few years of Soviet social security. The music of BAIKAL appears within the same context, rich in the symbolism of endless - unrealized - paths. Nostalgia ponders what might have been and trajectories that were sadly curtailed.

"Over the last two years, plenty of producers have appeared here, working in something close to synthwave or a retro-electronic style that recalls the 80s. Personally I think that's great and I try to keep up with all the new names. It's the sort of genre that could have a big future in Russia; in fact, it has already left its mark." Another overlap is evident with BAIKAL or Moskva-Kassiopeya - in geographic terms. Artist admits that traveling or performing far from home is almost impossible.

Workplace obligations, minuscule budgets, and unwieldy hardware all mean that concerts will unavoidably remain very close to one's living room. A homebound imagination, therefore, strives even farther. Zharikov has admitted that BAIKAL was "suddenly created on a wave of affection for chillwave... The project's future will probably depend on my mood." A hypnagogic, wavering sound so redolent of the 1980s speaks in 2015 of time's accelerating passage. It is now used to orchestrate brief compositions born of a "mood," rather than of necessity.

Childhood desires, dreams, and other small liberties are all fading fast. They are fondly remembered. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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