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Label: Theo Records, 2020 - THEO 008.
The long-awaited new Theodor Bastard album Volch'ya Yagoda is a major work the band has been working on for the past five years. Theodor Bastard albums aren't released very often, but they invariably attract increased attention of audiophiles and music critics. The multilayered and unpredictable album Volch'ya Yagoda inherits the band's recognizable multigenre approach where psychedelic trip hop combines with cinematic instrumentals and archaic world music meets modern technological electronics. Theodor Bastard combine Russian texts with glossolalia and shamanic spells as easily as they change instruments on stage. Yana Veva and Fedor Svoloch compose music not only within the band, they regularly record soundtracks for popular computer games. Over many years they have sharpened the art of weaving complex sound canvases where the listener feels like in a labyrinth. From album to album Theodor Bastard carefully and masterly combine many different exotic and traditional instruments. Volch'ya Yagoda is no exception. The special northern atmosphere of the album is created with Nordic nyckelharpa and jouhikko, primeval flutes created from tree roots and shamanic percussion. And as always, the leading role in the album belongs to the voice of Yana Veva, exciting and bewitching by its deepness. Volch'ya Yagoda takes the listener to the cold and twilight realms of marshy swamps of taiga and mossy tundra, to unexplored places where the earthly plane and the spiritual world are separated only by a very thin ghostly veil. For over twenty years Theodor Bastard have been known for their amazingly serious attitude to the world beyond that very frontier.
Label: Fulldozer Records, 2019 - FDCD37.
The live album "Live In Dobrolet", originally released in 2016 as a bonus CD coming with the special and deluxe vinyl editions of the album "Vetvi", is finally released as a separate edition, following many requests of Theodor Bastard fans. Recorded live at Dobrolet Studio in St. Petersburg in March 2013, "Live In Dobrolet" still remains one of the most significant band's live albums. In addition to the main members of Theodor Bastard - Yana Veva, Fedor Svolotch, Kusas and Andy Vladych - some guest artists took part in the recording: Alia Sagitova (keyboards), Vasil Davletshin (bass), Philipp Barskiy (harp), Vladimir Belov (cello) and Dmitriy Kabanov (theremin). Along with the Theodor Bastard's own compositions the album features a song with the lyrics by Boris Bardash and two cover versions very peculiarly reworked by the band. All tracks are mixed and mastered by Andrei Alyakrinskiy at Dobrolet Studio, recording engineer - Alexander Dokshin. The album is released in limited edition of 140 copies in a 4-panel digipak with ultra-minimalist design.
Label: Theo Records, 2018 - THEO 007.
"Beloe: Hunting For Fierce Beasts (10th Anniversary Edition)" is the edited and re-mixed version of the significant album for Theodor Bastard. This version with new improved sound is dedicated to 10 year anniversary of the original album. Originally released on October 27, 2008, the album "Beloe" was accepted by critics as one of the first and important works in Russian ethno-electronics, clearly addressing to Russian folklore and at the same time sounding modern and topical. Written completely in Russian, full of Russian folk motives, this album had become a turning point in Theodor Bastard's evolution. The new edition of "Beloe" contains the best versions of songs from the both original releases of the album (Russian and Argentinian), selected by the musicians. Some compositions are published in Russia for the first time; this makes the anniversary edition especially important. Gusli had appeared among the band instruments first on this album, performed by Maria Akimova. Also many guest artists had participated in the recording: Mila Fedorova (cello), Eugene Fedotov (guitar), Elena Tishina (harp), and the band Ole Lukkoye frontman Boris Bardash sang in one of the songs. Most of the album lyrics were written by Yana Veva, the lead vocalist of Theodor Bastard. The conceptual design of the release was done by Fedor Svolotch based on his own paintings. The exibition of Fedor's paintings dedicated to the release of this album will take place in Moscow and Saint Petersburg galleries within the upcoming band's tour. Like in the first edition, the new version of the album "Beloe" has a unique design - a digipak with a big 20-page booklet is placed in a slipcase made of high-quality cardboard with a cross-like hole.
Label: Fulldozer Records / Zhelezobeton Distribution Division, 2018 - FDCD41 / ZHBD-17.
"BossaNova_Trip" is the highlight of the early experimental period of Theodor Bastard. A non-vocal electronic album recorded by Fedor Svolotch (Alexander Starostin) in 2002 several years before the formation of the band’s key line-up. 14 original utterly minimalistic tracks of the album were on the cutting edge of the avant-garde trends of that time and are worth comparing to the best glitch releases of such labels as Mego, Raster-Noton and Sonig. Aimed at the most sophisticated music lovers, "BossaNova_Trip" has completely fulfilled the ambitions of Fedor Svolotch as a skillful master of sound design and had a strong influence on the unique sound of the later well-known albums of Theodor Bastard. It was on this recording that the track "PU's_Tota" originated in its initial electronic proto-version which, in highly modified form, became the band's first major hit two years later. This reissue features a bonus track - the vocal version of "PU's_Tota", originally released on the compilation that came along with the BulDozer#2 magazine. The melody and the lyrics sung by Yana Veva, which are now so familiar to the fans of Theodor Bastard, appeared in this version for the first time.
Label: Theo Records, 2017 - THEO 006.
Theo Records presents the long-awaited soundtrack for the game Pathologic 2. Actually it is a full special album that reminds the early works of Theodor Bastard band. It is dedicated to the mystery of the childhood, to the childhood as the temple of forever young soul. The spirit of the album is very close to the atmosphere of the game - a dark adventure in the bizarre world somewhere in a parallel Universe. Both the music and the game tell about the other, not material side of the existence.
Label: Theo Records, 2015 - THEO 005.
The album name is a Latin transliteration of the Russian word for branches bearing in mind the branches of the World tree which supports the heavens, connecting the heavens, the terrestrial world, and the underworld. It's music combines elements of world music, neofolk, dark wave and trip hop. The hallmark of the album is female vocal by lead singer Yana Veva, her unique voice filled by glory and in the same time by meditative serenity and mild warmth. The musicians use classic instruments as well as electronic instruments and numerous ethnic instruments. Theodor Bastard release their albums not so often, working for months in various recording studios in several cities and countries, searching for the best sound and arrangements. The work on this album took three years with plenty of musicians taking part in it. Continuing the theme of wanderings, which was the basic idea of the previous album Oikoumene, Theodor Bastard take their listeners from hot south to the fairy northern lights. A peculiar combination of the archaic percussions and folk instruments was used during the recording. Playing unusual ethnic instruments is still an important part of Theodor Bastard creative process. Russian horn, traditional Mongol violin morin khuur, ritual tibetian horn dunchen, ancient Russian gusli, cajon, jew's harp, dulcimer (string instrument like zither) - this is just a short list of musical miracles of the album. Many musicians were engaged in creating this sound kaleidoscope. That was a serious and laborious work.
Theodor Bastard "Vetvi" (vinyl LP)
Label: Fulldozer Records, 2016 - FD36LP.
Fulldozer Records proudly present the vinyl version of the last album by Theodor Bastard, one of the most mysterious and mythical bands from Russia.
Theodor Bastard "Vetvi" (vinyl LP)
Label: Fulldozer Records, 2016 - FD36LP, FDCD37.
Theodor Bastard "Vetvi" (vinyl LP)
Label: Fulldozer Records, 2016 - FD36LP, FDCD37.
Label: Theo Records, 2015 - THEO 005.
Label: Fulldozer Records, 2014 - FDCD35.
Fulldozer Records presents a new CD by the outstanding Russian ethno-electronics band Theodor Bastard. The album "Music For The Empty Spaces" unites compositions written for documentaries by Brazilian filmmaker Gustavo Santos; for "Secrets Of Ourselves" - a film by Viktor Fokeev and for a fashion show by the avant-garde Japanese designer Yushi Kuroda. Other tracks can be characterized as "unissued soundtracks to movies that never existed". Music balances between ethno-electronics, ambient and dub; it shows some of the more experimental edges of contemporary Theodor Bastard's art. As for the graphics - it uses conceptual works by the French artist Nathalie Nowak. The Collector's edition of the album includes 3 extra tracks that have never been issued before. The edition is limited to 500 copies in a 4-panel digipak enclosed in deluxe slipcase. The 12-page booklet that is also included in this release features a fairy tale that Fedor Svolotch wrote for this specific edition.
Label: Theo Records, 2014 - THEO 004.
10 years anniversary of "Pustota" album. Completly remastered version on professional gear. The reissue of “Pustota” is a result of thorough reconstruction and restoration of the compositions the audience first heard and remembered from the original version of the album, recorded by Theodor Bastard in 2004. Today, after 10 years, it can be said that “Pustota” became a real creative experiment that broke the stereotypes created by the band’s previous works. In 2004, “Pustota” was released by several labels at the same time, such as Pandaimonium (Germany), The Art Records (Mexico) and Muzikal Yapim (Turkey). In Russia the album, as other works of Theodor Bastard, was released by Fulldozer Records. According to the members of the band, it was in “Pustota” that they found an extremely harmonious combination of electronic beats and ethnic instruments, and that was the main reason behind the album’s success. It was here that Yana Veva found her unique singing manner, combining the Oriental motives with Balkan and Russian tradition. The lyrics were experimental, too. In “Pustota”, along with texts in Russian and English, you will find songs in Pushtu and Urdu. In some compositions Yana uses so called glossolalia, the combinations of words and sounds which lost their original meaning. Such a technique can often be met in traditional spells and in folk song refrains, and is a part of many sacral traditions, both Christian and Pagan.
Label: Theo Records, 2012 - THEO 003.
The title refers to an ancient Greek notion, designating the inhabited or "civilized" sections of our planet, in other words those where mankind has left its mark - for better or worse. That global sweep is certainly echoed in the list of contributors, since our Russian artists are joined here by representatives of British, Zulu, Indian, and French-African traditions. Consequently, the list of instruments employed - and their home nations - is even longer. "It was interesting to reject electronic tools and all their trickery, as we worked instead with live material. That meant an entire year of stressful effort, but what an experience it was! Collaborating with so many genuinely talented musicians from all over the world gave us a special energy. We still feel it now!" A textual connection between the diverse tracks was spun by a single person, Theodor Bastard's vocalist Yana Veva. She worked "under the inspiration of various traditions and faiths, which represented aboriginal peoples from far-flung corners of the planet... They all live side by side with nature's wilderness, in places where ancient traditions endure. It doesn't matter which culture we're talking about - spiritual traditions just survive in places like that. For some people they might be little more than myth and fairytales, but for others those rituals are as real as our own urban jungle!"
Label: Danse Macabre (Germany), 2013.
Label: Mirumir, 2013 - MIR100395.
Label: Theo Records, 2011 - THEO 002.
Theodor Bastard planned to make this collection of remixes long time ago. It was born thanks to continual communication and collaborations with congenial musicians. The selection of the artists presented on this collection is not random - the musicians are tied by common tastes and by love to unusual music. With some of the artists Theodor Bastard repeatedly worked in the past, and with some of them the band is already making creative plans for the future. The artists contributing their take on the collection of remixes include: Animals On Wheels, Up, Bustle And Out, State Of Bengal, Scanner, Flint Glass, Geomatic, Fedayi Pacha, Infinite Scale, Tracing Arcs, Neotropic, EU, Stillife, Altera Forma, Absent One.
Label: Twilight Records (Argentina), 2010 - TW 1.71.
Alternative version of a "Beloe: Hunting For Fierce Beasts" album. "Beloe" (in Russian it means ‘whiteness’) is about the inner purification – struggle with demons existing in all of us. The album is in Russian and filled with Russian folk motives. Maria Akimova plays gusli in some of the compositions. As the session musicians Mila Fedorova (cello), Eugene Fedotov (guitar), Elena Tishina (harp) and Boris Bardash from Ole Lukoye took part in recordings.
Label: Q-Code, 2008 - 4607122360024.
"Beloe" (in Russian it means ‘whiteness’) is about the inner purification – struggle with demons existing in all of us. The album is in Russian and filled with Russian folk motives. Maria Akimova plays gusli in some of the compositions. As the session musicians Mila Fedorova (cello), Eugene Fedotov (guitar), Elena Tishina (harp) and Boris Bardash from Ole Lukoye took part in recordings.
Label: Manchester Files, 2006 - CDMAN291-06.
The album "Sueta" contains some of the best performances recorded from St-Petersburg to Brussels. There are some real marvels there like a collaboration with the American sax genius Ethan Jordan, performed in Belgium, or the slow-paced opium-driven "AlBor" with an autopsied sitar, recorded in a damp squat in Dortmund.