Uvarious Artists VOL.6 | ENG

“Here is the sixth Uvarious Artists compilation in six years of Ultra Vague’s existence. It all started with me asking my friends musicians to provide a compilation with one of their tracks. We continued to introduce you to the best promising artists from around the world ever since. ” – Fudo Kazuki


Like two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions, are perched on a branch of the same tree. One of them tastes the sweet and bitter fruits of the tree; the other, tasting neither, calmly looks on.  ||4.6|| Svetasvatara Upanisad

Cover Photo: Fudo Kazuki
Cover Art Composition: Max G | dflyd |

About Musicians and songs

This time we’ve got three artists from Canada in our compilation. It’s  Sylo Norza,  very talented young musician with Japanese roots.

Accepting what’s been done in the past and learning to let go.

Subtle transformations occur in one’s life, sometimes more drastically than others, but they happen nonetheless. The thing is, is that these “eras” in your life don’t happen one by one, but rather overlap each other like a collage of memorable moments and epiphanies. So you can never really name one vivid “era” that you’re in. They have many names. They are in that sense, nameless. Ever-changing, ever-transformative. It may be fun to name them in the moment. So let that blank space be whatever you’d like to express it as in this moment. But the freedom to change it is always there. Learn to love all the different era’s you’ve experienced thus far.

Sylo Norza | Uvarious Artists Vol.6 | Ultra Vague
Sylo Norza | Uvarious Artists Vol.6 | Ultra Vague

“This track was written lastly when the EP was coming together. I felt like I needed a sound that was more in conjunction with what I was into currently. This is because majority of the other songs were pretty old and it took me a long time to get around to actually finishing them. So I had to really sit down and think about what sort of song I could make that would be close to the older songs, but still embodied my currents tastes. It came out quite naturally and I was really happy with it. It was the last song to be written for the EP and I felt it was also the perfect song to put last for the track listing. ” – Sylo Norza

Great percussionist and solo artist Joannie LabelleBea Box, we’ve released her track “Hush Hush” in the past.

bea box | Uvarious Artists | Ultra Vague
bea box | Uvarious Artists | Ultra Vague

 

Part of Joannie Labelle AKA Bea Box first release “Debut”, winter
inspired track “I am quiet” features Montreal local talents Rachel
Therrien on trumpet and Jean-François Lemieux on bass. The track
reveals a beautiful string arrangement by musical director Manu
Pitois. Warm and cold sound textures lace each other in a
fire-ice-cold space. The video for this song was done in collaboration with Melanie Ladouceur.

Third Canadian artist is amazing Broadview based singer-songwriter Lauren Klein.

She is a musician with a unique twist, bridging the gap between Folk and Alternative Rock. Her original blend of music pours from her heart and soul and leaves you wanting more.

With great songs Lauren has gained the attention of numerous industry professionals. She continues to write, produce and perform hit songs.

Her Newest Album “Love World Music” was released on February 14th, 2017

“Well I Never” which speaks about moving forward and not letting anything stand in your way. While never forgetting about that one true love, but moving on with or without them, because you have to keep on going for your own sanity. – Lauren

Ukraine is presented  by a split song from Kiev based electronic producer Polygrim and indie-rock band the Confusions from Sweden,

Polygrim | Uvarious Artists Vol.6 | Ultra Vague
Polygrim | Uvarious Artists Vol.6 | Ultra Vague


“The track was born in two steps. When work on the instrumentals was completed, I’ve decided to write to my friends from the Swedish indie-rock group the Confusions, if they would want to write and record the vocals that come to mind after listening to an instrumental. They sent me a wonderful already mixed vocals after some time, and all I was left to do is to just add a couple of final touches. ” – Volodymyr Dzitsiuk aka Polygrim

Beautiful singer /vocal teacher and radio host Maryana Golovko aka Suok from Kiev provided us with her stunning soulful and jazzy track “Turn Me On”

Suok | Uvarious Artists Vol6 | Ultra Vague
Suok | Uvarious Artists Vol6 | Ultra Vague

“The track was born in two steps. When work on the instrumentals was completed, I’ve decided to write to my friends from the Swedish indie-rock group the Confusions, if they would want to write and record the vocals that come to mind after listening to an instrumental. They sent me a wonderful already mixed vocals after some time, and all I was left to do is to just add a couple of final touches. ” – says Maryana
Fudo Kazuki
Fudo Kazuki

I’ve titled my new track 引きこもり (jap. Hikikomori) to say that this world with all it’s beauty and the rest is nothing but a prison. Sometimes we get better cells with a better view, but it’s not a place for living being to be.

We travel daydreaming in our shells from born to death, switching places and bodies in this wirpool of sansara.

casual man | uvarious artists vol.6 | ultra vague
casual man | uvarious artists vol.6 | ultra vague

Casual Man (Aloise, Gorchitza) did a great job remixing “It Mustn’t Be Love” by Sivan Levy (סיון לוי), Tel-Aviv based award winning actress, director and musician. Sivan’s work is traced by a dreamy aesthetic atmosphere that forms an independent narrative. Her films and music have been featured worldwide in numerous festivals and channels such as “Berlinale Film Festival” and “Arte”. Originally this song was released on our second compilation several years ago. Not so long ago Sivan has presented an interesting video on her new song “Stand Still“.

Sivan Levy | Uvarious Artists Vol.6 | Ultra Vague
Sivan Levy | Uvarious Artists Vol.6 | Ultra Vague

DZ’OB is an electro-acoustic ensemble from Dnipro, UA. A synthesis of classical chamber music settings and contemporary electronic approach. Fusion of epochs and genres.

DZ'OB | Uvarious Artists Vol. 6 | Ultra Vague
DZ’OB | Uvarious Artists Vol. 6 | Ultra Vague фото: Олег Самойленко

“The heart of DZ’OB creativity is redefining the genre stereotypes and experimentation with musical evolution. DZ’OB creates a bridge between the academic and electronic music. Debut self-titled album is an embodiment of idea of synthesis of two different musical layers.

Each track on the record is named after the relevant piano preludes by Dmitri Shostakovich. Track “X” is based on quotes from the tenth foreplay. While adapting the score to techno genre, DZ’OB used pieces of Shostakovich works, weaving them into an electronic pattern. Although “X” is a completely independent work. For example, clarinet is not a quote and plays a key role in the track, combining techno with diametrically opposite musical theme character. This track and all album tracks were recorded on Hi5Production studio in Dnipro, UA.”

One more name from Ukraine electronic scene is CbIP he kindly provided us with a collab track “I’m in Love”. Yana Soule sang in this song and on the rest of the material on their coming split EP.

CbIP & Yana Soule | Uvarious Artists Vol.6
CbIP & Yana Soule | Uvarious Artists Vol.6 | Ultra Vague

Both artists work with Kiev popular record label Rookodill’a , founded by guys from Salto nazad (Сальто Назад) band.

Sophie Villy - 9 Miles Away | Uvarious Artists Vol.6 | Ultra Vague
Sophie Villy – 9 Miles Away | Uvarious Artists Vol.6 | Ultra Vague

Georgian / Ukrainian singer-songwriter Sophie Villy presented her brand new album  called “Planet A”, featuring “9 Miles Away”not so long ago.

The song was written from the city lights on a completely empty beach in Florida, the sand was completely covered with shimmering plankton, so the line “sand with diamond glow” is about that place. – Sophie Villy says

The Grus is an experimental/downtempo band from a remote Russian village with the population of 30 people. It seems rather hard to pinpoint the sound of the band due to a large number of influences it incorporates, like early gospel/blues singers, the 70’s west Berlin music, modern trip-hop and experimental electronic music. This duet became a pleasant discovery for us.

The Grus | Uvarious Artists Vol. 6 | Ultra Vague
The Grus | Uvarious Artists Vol. 6 | Ultra Vague

 

“For us, music is no longer a means to reach popularity and be successful. For us, music is a therapy, a painkiller, a morphine fix.
Perhaps, it’s the most honest way – being free of any business, any subculture or music scene, any expectations or any people.
Simply do what you should do and observe the results.
Of course, it may sound like some kind of doublethinking, but still…
We don’t consider ourselves creators. We are just transmitters translating signals coming from the universe that we invented through our songs. We are just an instrument.” – The Grus

Alexandra Zhuravleva – voice, piano, field recordings
Simon Gendor recorded synths, guitars, bass and did programming

“Our videos “I Want Jesus To Walk With Me” and “To Die Easy” participate in the annual The Silver Screenings program taking place at Berlin Music Video Awards. It’s a double joy for us for we have mane thing connected to this city and the Wendenschloßstraße in particular. The lived for some time  in a house number 312 right on that street” – The Grus

Ivan Pristankov ака eevnn a young musician from Snt. Petersburg, RU, sent us a nice light  instrumental post-rock track.

eevnn | Uvarious Artists Vol.6 | Ultra Vague
eevnn | Uvarious Artists Vol.6 | Ultra Vague

“This song was recorded at home. It reminds me of the St. Petersburg weather with it’s changeable mood. It was born of several guitar patterns, I came up with”, says eevnn.

KOLYA – I Believe

Kolya | Uvarious Artists Vol.6 | Ultra Vague
Kolya | Uvarious Artists Vol.6 | Ultra Vague


KOLYA (KØL¥∆) aka YUri Volkov is a young and talented Moscow producer. He makes Chillwave, Glo-Fi, Juke, Bass, Beats, Trap, Witch House, etc. Yuriy calls himself a huge International web surfer.  It wouldn’t hurt to mention that he is a man behind music production in AGON (Агонь) (ех-Quest Pistols) electronic pop band from Kiev. 

Mamanet – No Pitty (ukr. Жалю немає)

Mamanet | Uvarious Artists Vol.6 | Ultra Vague
Mamanet | Uvarious Artists Vol.6 | Ultra Vague


This band is a great friends of us. The song we’ve included in the compilation is featuring Alisa Limanskaya as a vocalist and came out just recently on their new record called “Frisson”.

GLAZA | Uvarious Artists Vol.6
GLAZA | Uvarious Artists Vol.6

Glaza is an indie-pop band from Moscow with Katya Pankin (Катериной Панькиной) on vocals. Igor Shalapi, The founder of the band is known to our listeners by the project Moon Voyage. We’ve added one of their previously unreleased track as a bonus.

Bonus: Fudo Kazuki – Mantra Prayer to A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada (feat. Mari Cheba)

“This is my humble offering to Srilla Prabhupada. The Man, who changed the world for good.” – Fudo Kazuki

Female backing vocals were recorded by stunning young singer Mari Cheba

 

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