Dolbushina and Pugach
Ty Ne Vyklyuchayesh'


3.5
great

Review

by Scuro F. STAFF
May 5th, 2017 | 7 replies


Release Date: 01/02/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: New old-rock

Dolbushina and Pugach are a Russian sextet hailing from the city of Izhevsk, performing an interesting mash-up of alternative music with a touch of stoner rock aesthetics. The band’s approach to writing isn’t anything radically different, in a general sense, but the members certainly endeavour to make Ты не выключаешь! (You Don’t Turn Off!) a unique and enjoyable experience regardless. Most impressive for a band of relatively modest size, the production quality and level of professionalism displayed on this album is absolutely first rate. Everything sounds full and lush, from the throbbing bass which coats the low end, to the delicate flute melodies twinkling above. Describing themselves as “new old-rock”, Dolbushina and Pugach sound exactly as they say; striking a middle ground between desirable nostalgia, and fresh ideas presented with a lively modern spirit.

Opening with the jangly, upbeat tune ‘Кофе-автомат’ (Coffee Machine), the band quickly establish their likeable style. Featuring strong female vocals at the forefront, catchy guitar leads, understated percussion, and the ever-present rumbling of the bass, these musicians remain restrained enough to leave the mix feeling open and inviting throughout. Commendably, the flute, when it does pop up, is always pleasant and only interjects when the moment calls for something more rather than being shoehorned into any available space – a good example of its fleeting but meaningful presence occurs in the third act of “Закрой мои глаза” (Close My Eyes).

Besides the EP’s unfortunate brevity, there's not a whole lot to be disappointed with over the four tracks delivered here. I personally really appreciate little touches like the semi-hidden track at the end of ‘Лучший друг’ (Best Friend), which features what appears to be a more traditional-sounding acoustic reworking of their third track “Redirect”, this time complete with Russian lyrics rather than the English deviation on the studio version. Perhaps a little more attitude or experimentation could go some way to improve the overall experience, but it would be difficult to judge whether or not a full album of Dolbushina… material would even require something “extra”, given the diminutive sample size. For what it is, Ты не выключаешь! is a very enjoyable and satisfying mini-album with plenty to like about it.



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ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2017


11622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is available here: https://dolbushinaipugach.bandcamp.com/album/-



Feedback appreciated (:

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
May 4th 2017


9209 Comments


cool review, dude.. I'll definitely give this a go.. you've been on a kick of reviewing Russian music.. it's making me want to add and review a post-punk band from the Motherland!

Digging: Big Joanie - Sistahs

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2017


11622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man, hope you enjoy it if you jam it (:



Also hell yeah bro, do it. What's the band?

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2017


9209 Comments


They're called the Great Octobers, sort of Joy division, but with a bit more oomph.. Used to love them as a kid

Archelirion
May 5th 2017


5613 Comments


Review's really good fella :] I think the flute in particular really adds something to these guys. I'd be intrigued by a full-length if they ever put one out.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2017


11622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers man, appreciate you giving it a listen (: I really hope they put out a full-length. From what I've gathered they're a relatively young band so one could be in the cards.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2017


11622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=2LSWxKYGBNs



Live radio performance, they play the songs off this EP and quite a few that aren't on it too. Looks like they've got enough material for another EP at the least, hoping for a full length though. If you don't want to sit through the whole interview the song performances that are not from this EP are at: 35m 44m 51m 1h10m 1h27m 1h35m 1h47m and I probably missed a couple that I didn't write down but yeah. The ones from here are all in the first half hour except one which occurs at like 1h15m or something, I can't remember exactly. Basically music at every 10-15 minute interval.



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