KEDR LIVANSKIY: Ariadna LP/CD/MC 2MR
Moscow based Kedr Livanskiy (real name Yana Kedrina) surprised me somewhat with this release. With imagery conveying something more in a classical vein, this is actually a synth based album that utilises the very basics when it comes to 80’s pop beats and programming; and tops it off with Kedrina’s reverberated vocals, that for the most part appear to be sung in her native tongue.
‘Ariadna’ is an odd affair that captures a desolate empty backdrop to cold abandoned buildings; and it’s anyone’s guess if this is intentional or not. I will give some kudos for not being able to nail down exactly whom or what this reminds me of compositionally, even if this isn’t the most challenging of works, from a musical standpoint.
For all its simplicity, there is something about Yana’s latest output that is endearing none the less; and if anything, it’s nice to listen to something once in a while that’s not over complicating matters and just gets on with the job at hand.