Understatement and an introspective minimalism both run through the trip-hop catalog of Siberian duo Zimne in Novosibirsk. Together, Anton Kremarenko and vocalist Natasha Shilova continue to nurture their restrained aesthetic in a frozen location.
"Our work differs from British trip-hop in that we draw upon Russian traditions within literature, cinema, and the visual arts. We were raised on that heritage, just as the British mentality will be formed in its own way. In goes without saying that we work with a classic British sound, but given our own unique combinations, what results is our trip-hop!"
The core difference is lyrical. "Our main literary influences come from the Silver Age of Russian poetry. We means people such as Marina Tsvetaeva, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and [later, kindred spirits] like Bella Akhmadulina."
"When it comes to the future of Zimne, we merely hope to remain inspired - and therefore write additional music." The most basic goal of all stays both simple and elusive: "To live with purpose."
Despite the isolation of Novosibirsk, that purpose is manifest. According to a happy irony, the real-world difficulties of an isolated locale actually allow for greater peace, quiet, and self-awareness. A minimalist aesthetic reflects not only a bleak location, but also a satisfaction born of very little indeed.
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