excarcerated force of Levoi Pravoi’s debut album is a rarefied structure
amongst the martial façade’s within the niche battlefield
under smog-choked sky, sepulchral ruins and vaulted edifices of grandeur;
"March in September" is of the latter.
Fibrillating glitches escort a veneer of rainfall and drenched vocal perorations,
the atypical rhythmic clacking bristling with crescendos of noise, shuffle,
and organ tremolo. By the second track, 'Golden September' Levoi
Pravoi has pressed pass the initial foray with intimations of what is
to come, the digital twitching elements enervate the military procession,
steam powered industrial rhythms salt the bleak welkin. Threnodic, ashen
vocals, narrate pathways through a field littered with the semblance of
bodies and twisted metal. Restive pace veers into landscapes hazed in
amber apocalypse in 'Marshiruem', where voluble poetry spills
viscera at the fane of war until the steps increase wearily through the
holy adytum of conflict, misery, pain, bloodshed.'The Bitter Road'
tattoo’s corroded military-pop, parodying itself with graveled vocals
abed marching snare and bass drum with escalading electric guitar. Russian
vocals make their first appearance on 'Rus!' a forlorn storm
of conflict chronicling a regimen of urgency on tempo of pianoforte and
concentric percussion. Variegating the sojourn, 'Cadence of Reign'
haunts phantasmal horizons dispersing an esoteric march where ghostly
organ drenched in reverb formulates cloudy snaking tendrils underneath
a high priest’s malign incantations. Levoi Pravoi’s integration
of electronic sampling and digital blisters into what has predominantly
been a morose landscape discloses opulence in the guttering fires and
torn limbs. 'Torn to Iron' segues and slips out of phase that
it begs to be played to backwards, skewed percussion syncopates with the
hyperventilating Russian vocals. “Natyani” shares space with
clouds of insects, yet is one of the less dark of the tracks on March
in September, with lamenting and poignant melody and choir. Squawking
traditional folk regaled by a cadre of women gyrates with a crescendo
of orchestral percussion in an unsettling reverie in 'Ryba Beloshyolka'.
Lastly, 'Chugunnie Sny' ripples a tide of toms measured with
hand cymbals in a purely introspective instrumental
Blending new well-honed digital elements into an established and clichéd
genre as the bombastic and military pop, Levoi Pravoi have nourished a
barren soil and proffer hope of future warfare instead of reprising the
battlefields of old.
Released on 12” black vinyl (though there is a grey edition forthcoming)
in a limited edition of 333 copies, the album is sumptuously designed.
Decaying baroque fabric of an ancient book is torn at the edges to reveal
the mouldy casements, weathered sewn binding of a volume with aged sheaves
of paper protruding.