Alter Festival

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The first collaboration between the producer Pavel Milyakov and Ukrainian singer Yana Pavlova resulted in their debut album, Blue – a series of improvised compositions characterized by rhythmic propulsion and a blissful indulgence in simple melodies. Although the pair continue a similar collaborative process on their latest album, Wandering, the results are much drearier and darker. It’s a record of harsh industrial feedback and mournful howls, one that relishes in its own bleakness. Wandering is committed to its own disquieting world, and its musicians find pleasure in restlessly tinkering within its frameworks. The monotonous atmosphere allows small changes to cast powerful shadows: A piercing cry gives way to an impossibly sharp gated crash cymbal while gloomy guitars lurk behind loud and invasive drums.