Russia: Who knew that there’s more to Russian culture than vodka, mail-order brides, slutty tennis players, and faux-lesbian pop-duo T.A.T.U.? The answer is AeroCCCP Recordings, a new label that introduces you to Russian-based indie acts with more punch than a left hook from Ivan Drago.
The first release from AeroCCCP is Messer fur Frau Muller’s Triangle, Dot & Devil, out August 1st. Formed in St. Petersburg, Russia, Messer fur Frau Muller (translated as Knife for Mrs. Muller in German) creates a sound that is self-described as “post easy-listening.” The band draws on samples from 50’s and 60’s-era pop-culture and builds on it with bass, guitars, synths and additional programming to create an incredibly unusual and compelling sound. Messer fur Frau Muller’s Oleg Gitarkin is already known in the U.S. through his solo project Messer Chups, whose Crazy Price album was released last year on Ipecac.
Dissecting the music of Messer fur Frau Muller is a trip in and of itself. The influences on Triangle, Dot & Devil come from music styles as varied as surf, twist, and mondo, similar to works of lounge masters such as Martin Denny, Les Baxter, Jean Jacques-Perrey, Ennio Morricone (his weirder side) – covering all the elements their exotic and cinematic strangeness and combining them with the guitar drive of The Cramps. The album features talents of the world-renowned Theremin player, Lydia Kavina, the grand-niece of Leon Theremin, the inventor of the instrument. According to Messer fur Frau Muller’s Oleg Kostrow, “There is a big mystery behind every song that gets substantial airplay nowadays. The mystery is that it was borrowed from another catchy song from the past. However with Messer fur Frau Muller, you’ll find at least one hundred points of reference all over the musical map for each track we create.”
Triangle, Dot & Devil is a soundtrack to a psychedelic movie which could have been made during the times of Logan’s Run, Barbarella, Danger Diabolik! and Faster Pussicat, Kill! Kill!
ABOUT AEROCCCP RECORDINGS
AeroCCCP Recordings began when Maxim Nazarov realized that it was his destiny to promote his most favorite Russian band, Messer fur Frau Muller, here in the U.S In their music, MFFM devoted obsessive amounts of attention to things nobody ever cared about, especially in the Russian electronica scene. The band used samples from various long-forgotten Soviet, sci-fi and horror films from the 60’s and created songs in genres such as surf, twist and mondo filtered through the their infinite knowledge of 90’s electronica. Also, what set them apart from other music collage-based musicians is that they also played live instruments such as guitars, bass, organs, Theremins, and obscure Soviet synthesizers. In the summer of 2004 Nazarov obsessively tracked down MFFM’s other releases in Moscow, where he also discovered solo projects of band members Oleg Kostrow (Supersonic Future) and Oleg Gitarkin (Messer Chups). After finishing a certain New England college and relocating back to NYC in May 2005, the idea of the label and its resources became more solidified, especially when Nazarov and his college friends Heather Sutton and Aleksey Paramonov realized that it’s possible to fund it by maxing out a bunch of credit cards. Oleg Kostrow agreed to sign several of his projects with AeroCCCP after several long stalker-like e-mails sent to him by Nazarov, who later tracked him down in Moscow.