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5 stars The most recent release by Vezhlivyj Otkaz (Polite Refusal) is probably their most avant and accomplished release. The band has been around since the mid 80's but have been pretty much unknown outside of Russia. They started out as a punk / ska band and have continually evolved over the years to a dark edgy folky avant band that performs these days. Those of us in the West have AltrOck to thank for distributing these albums that were previously unavailable. The band is primarily an outlet for Roman Suslov the guitarist and vocalist.

The line-up for Geese & Swans consists of Roman Suslov / acoustic guitars, vocals, Dmitry Shumilov / acoustic bass guitar, double bass, vocals, Pavel Karmanov / grand piano, flute, Sergey Ryzhenko / electric violin, vocals, Andrej Soloviev / trumpet, Mikhail Mitin / drums, percussion.

The songs are of the short 3 to 7 minute variety and are generally lyrically based with guitar accented by wind and keys. Outstanding release and highly recommended.

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5 stars Avant-prog generally doesn't cross with prog folk, but Polite Refusal seemingly took that name to show how little they care for such a barrier. This some rather dour, brooding folk worthy of Russia that does not shy away from proggy, experimental leanings. It makes for a fascinating listen, and gives Univers Zero's work a run for its money in terms of darkness... and quality. There is a good variety of instruments and instrumentation, the shadows permeate the music in the best way, and boy, can the band play. Thus far the avant-prog highlight for the 2010's, and won't be conceding that position easily, let alone ever fall out of my favour. Highly recommended to avantheads and adventurous folk aficionados.
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