Traveling At the Speed of Music: Motorama – Dispersed Energy / Heavy Wave (post-punk, Russia)


Motorama, described by some of their compatriots as “the best Russian band”, is a post-punk quintet hailing from Rostov-on-Don, South of Russia. The band is one of the very few acts that give a tiny glimpse into the unknown realm of Russian alternative scene.

With 2 albums, few self-released EP’s and 2 brilliant singles already in their bag, the band is preparing to put out their third album, entitled Poverty, this month. Motorama’s gloomy output, heavily under the influence of Joy Division’s records,  marries Interpol’s motorik basslines with vampiric delivery in flawless English by the band’s singer, Vladislav Parshin. Their songs carry a heavy load of melancholic beauty and melodies strong enough to make feel the need to hum along.

The first tracks from the new album, Dispersed Energy and Heavy Wave, that the band have premiered online, do not signal a sharp turn in Motorama’s musical direction. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.

The preorders for Poverty (CD/LP/Cass/digital) begin 12.01.15 from band’s webstore .

January 8, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , . Arrivals, Traveling sounds. Leave a comment.

NSA’s Top 25 Albums of 2014



25. Jesse Boykins III – Love Apparatus (Jesse Boykins III Music) (electronic, soul, USA)


24. Goat – Commune (Rocket Recording) (experimental, Sweden)

jessietoughlove23. Jessie Ware – Tough Love (Island Records) (electronic pop, UK)


22. Onuka – Misto (Enjoy Records) (electronic pop, Ukraine)

Mr.-Twin-Sister-608x60821. Mr Twin Sister – Blush (Twin Group) (indie pop)

francois-atlas-mountains-piano-ombre20. Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains – Piano Ombre (Domino Recordings) (indie rock, Uk)


19. Foxygen – … and The Star Power (alternative, indie rock, psychedelic rock, USA)


18. Snowbird – Moon (Bella Union) (alternative pop) (US/UK)


17. Hercules & Love Affair – The Feast of Broken Heart (Moshi Moshi Records) (dance, house, USA)


16. Skalpel – Transit (electronic, sampled, jazz, Poland)



15. FKA Twigs – LP1 (electronic, soul, urban, UK)


14. Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like A Bell (folk, electronic, indie, USA)


13. Wooky – Montjuïc (electronic, techno, Spain)


12. Aphex Twin – Syro (electronic, techno, UK)


11. Curtis Harding – Soul Love (Burger Records) (garage rock, soul, USA)


10. Tycho – Awake (electronic, ambient, USA)


9. Katherine – Magnum (house, pop, France) [listen here]


8. Jungle – Jungle (indie, urban, UK)  [listen here]


7. Real Estate – Atlas [listen] (indie rock, USA)


6. Król – Nielot (indie pop, Poland)


beckmorningphase5. Beck – Morning Phase [listen here] (alternative, USA)


4. Sébastian Tellier – L’aventura (electronic pop, France)



3. Gus Gus – Mexico (house, electronic, pop, Island)


2. Sinkane – Mean Love (DFA/City Slang) [listen here]


1. Caribou – Our Love (City Slang)

(electronic, Canada) [listen]

Honorable Mentions:

Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband

Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita

Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Jerz Igor – Mała Płyta

Music Go Music – Impressions

Smashing Pumpkins – Momuments To Elegy

Lykke Li – I Never Learn

Chromeo – White Women

Wye Oak – Shriek

Chet Faker – Built on Glass

January 1, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Selection box, The Best of 2014. Leave a comment.

Arrivals: Erlend Øye- Garota



Following the sad announcement that The Whitest Boys Alive has spit back in June, the band’s frontman Erlend Øye is trying to dry our eyes with his solo work. Øye, mainly known for his work in the cult Kings Of Convenience, but also his indie dance crossover solo output and various collaborations, have just released a new song. Garota, similarly to La Primera Estate released back ion September last year, is yet another delicate and elegant old-fashioned pop track from Øye. This heralds the release of his second album, entitled Legao, which drops in October. Very comforting news paired with very comforting sounds.


July 21, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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