flashback to teenage debauchery & romance in Kedr Livanskiy’s new video. ‘Ariadna’ on 2MR out now.

by the partae


(the Russian version of Dazed and Confused)

Flashback to teenage summers in “Your Name” – a coming of age story that follows two best friends in rural Russia caught up in romance, debauchery and scandal.




Kedr Livanskiy creates a classic teen drama and captures the mood of being young in her new video “Your Name”.  Kedr notes “the autobiographical video journeys back to 2003-2005 when your parents would send you outside of the city to your dacha for the summer. At that age, everyone’s concern was only how to get wasted and hook up with a girl or guy without your parents finding out.”

Filmed just outside of Moscow at Kedr’s dacha, she collaborates with a cast of friends and filmmaker Konstatin Bushmanov.  “Kostya and I went to film school together and I think since that time, all my ideas for scenarios and scripts have always revolved around what it’s like to be a teenager. I left film school before I got to complete her graduate film so this is a recapitulation in many ways.”

Moscow’s Kedr Livanskiy (real name Yana Kedrina) confesses “Synthesizers help me maximally feel the present moment.” Livanskiy was born into a shifting and critical time for Russia.  The Soviet Union had exhausted and old values were anathematized because of reconstruction.  A sense of displacement drove Kedr to find herself.

She’s escaped reality repeatedly in her explorations into the imagery and ideas of romanticism, mythical and fairytale themes which visibly bleed throughout her work and especially on her debut full-length ‘Ariadna’.

Albums and artists she is inspired by in general: 

Cluster & Eno

Biosphere – Shenzhou

Chris Watson

Some albums by Coil

NEU, Kraftwerk, Huerco S.

Muslimgauze, Psychic TV, D.Å.R.F.D.H.S.

Mono Junk – Gloom

Anthony Rother,

Robert Turman

Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin are of course eternal companions and an endless source of inspiration.

“layered grey-scale atmospheric electronics with disaffected, reverb-soaked Russian and English vocals” PITCHFORK

“elegantly drifting shoegaze melodies with a knocking electro beat” THUMP

“melodic, otherworldly dream-pop sensibilities” GORILLA VS. BEAR  

“moody synths and pulsing techno” FADER


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