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“Cold wave Stakhanovists, tireless workaholics and more...”
Russian cliches about a Russian band for sure, but totally relevant to Motorama who have barely let up since 2012 when their second album “Calendar” came out. A huge success with both audiences and critics, in France and abroad, right up to their last opus “Poverty” in January 2015. As regular as clockwork, they have been cranking out tours – throughout Russia in all its vastness, repeatedly in continental Europe, as well as South America – posting videos and photo albums, delighting and racking up fans, and coming back with new records all over again. Poles apart from pompous music marketing Motorama have grafted with generosity and passion.
“Many Nights" is Motorama's fifth album released on September 21st, 2018, through Talitres. The recording lasted over five months in Vlad's apartment and band's rehearsal space. The new record is a mix of gothic Balearic beats and jangle pop guitars with the lyrics about transcendenсe and surreal worlds, influenced by Arthur Rimbaud and Alexander Blok. Ten songs are structured around a few instruments with the simple melodies and grooves, inspired by Soviet New Wave scene, the cinematographic electronic music of Eduard Artemiev, New Zealand kiwi pop and African percussion arrangements.
Better Person is the musical project of Adam Byczkowski, a Berlin-based singer and ballad composer. His enigmatic stage presence is matched by his elusiveness as a recording artist: while he’s already toured Europe, North America and Asia with the wonderful TOPS, Timber Timbre, Alex Cameron, Molly Nilsson and as keyboard/guitarist with Sean Nicholas Savage, at six tracks “It’s Only You” from 2016 is his longest release, encompassing the critically acclaimed singles “Sentiment” and “I Wake Up Tired.” Better Person’s sonic touchstones – torch songs, Sade, Arthur Russell, synthed-up European and Japanese pop from the 70s and 80s, French and Italian movie soundtracks – are all unimpeachably romantic, there’s a more Romantic undercurrent of isolation that begins from the way his music is made – all recorded on a computer at home.
His latest release - “Zakochany Czlowiek” a single sang entirely in his native Polish tongue is an instant hit that cuts strong and deep with its earworm melody, moony synth hook, and dense Romantic aura. It's a reflection upon the fleeting nature of things experienced and then forgotten, fading memories of someone who has become no more than a spectral presence. “Here’s a man in eternal love”, he sings almost cold-heartedly, just before the chorus breaks into Roy Molloy’s (Alex Cameron) final sax solo.