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KALUTALIKSUAK

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Russia


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Kalutaliksuak ia a Russian band featuring 4 members from the Moscow region. The band members are Vladimir Konovkin (keyboards), Alexander Chuvakov (guitar, voice), Alexei Ohontsev (bass) and Sergei Titovetz (drums). The band was formed in 1993 by Konovkin and Chuvakov which recruited various musicians to play with them in gigs and broke up in 1997. Studying in the Moscow Conservatory of Music, Vladimir Konovkin also worked as a session keyboards player while Alexander Chuvakov became a painter and illustrator having graduated from the Russian Academy Of Fine Arts. These two rejoined forces in 2006 and were joined by Sergei Titovetz (Nuance) and Alexei Ohontsev (X-Rays). They have so far two releases on the RAIG label. The self-titled album (2007) and Last Day Of Sun (2008). The latter is of a psychedelic nature and makes for an eerie and compelling freak-out voyage through the musicians mind.
Testifying to the band's versatile abilities it Igor Gorely, founder of RAIG: "Working with these guys, I learnt that their are one of a few rock-bands which can easily change their compositional & stylistic language depending of the dominating mood of the album... It's more typical for composer in the academic (classical music) music but not for rock-performers... Actually, they can be psycho-rock band but they're not... "Last Day of Sun" is more about works by Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Rabinovich, Schnittke (adopted to rock-band format) than about psychedelia and ethnic music.."


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3.00 | 5 ratings
Kalutaliksuak
2007
3.67 | 8 ratings
Last Day Of Sun
2008
4.20 | 5 ratings
Snow Melts Black
2011
3.58 | 12 ratings
Death of the Alpinist
2014

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Totem Making
2011

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 Last Day Of Sun by KALUTALIKSUAK album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.67 | 8 ratings

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Last Day Of Sun
Kalutaliksuak Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Oh! - this sound flows through my body like heavy dope. And drugs are dangerous - you know that? Don't try to listen when you are in a bad mood. In that case this music will knock somebody down for sure. Otherwise - when you are up to scratch and feel the necessity to hug the whole world this can carry you to a new dimension.

'Last Day Of Sun' is the second effort of a Moscow based band with an almost unspeakable name KALUTALIKSUAK. The album title points to the fact that in some russian territory the sun is remaining below the horizon for nearly 2 months in winter. This is taking effect on the people's mood where Shamanism and native rituals still have a special meaning.

Is it one entire freakout jam what I'm listening to? Or composed with well thought out ideas? Onlythe band members know the truth. I tend to the latter. Krautrock and psych/space fans watch out! This is hot hallucinatory stuff predominantly - but not familiar as you might expect because provided with a strong avantgarde approach. They don't stay and float in the orbit - it's a permanant up and down - you can't figure out the direction. Starting from a psychedelic fundament they are adding ambient and free jazz similar parts with roving guitars and keyboards presented by the two core members Vladimir Konovkin and Alexander Chuvakov.

You will detect native russian elements, flute, exceptional vocals with a Shamanic background I assume - walls of crashing instruments too sometimes. All this is alternating, swirling around, gripping, perplexing - I don't think according to the random principle. It's not chaotic - an experimental symphony though so to say - only the popular understanding of what melodic means takes a backseat here - or is simply assigned with a new sense. Astonishing!

Recommended to open-minded music listeners who are interested in exploring new (foreign) territories. As for my personal sentiment - it has left me quite nervous once before when I listened to the whole album at a single blow. As no other it depends on your mood how you are digesting this sort of music. Probably not surprising for the band - they know what they are doing, KALUTALIKSUAK define new boundaries, celebrating an atmosphere which is absolutely unique. Not everyone's cup of tea and as for all avantgarde stuff it grows I'm sure. 'Last Day Of Sun' gets an additional star from me because I never came across something like that before ...

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 Last Day Of Sun by KALUTALIKSUAK album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.67 | 8 ratings

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Last Day Of Sun
Kalutaliksuak Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by raigor

4 stars In some sense, there is a good reason to label KALUTULIKSUAK as Psychedelic/Space Rock band considering that their first official, self-titled CD-release featured a sort of proto-space-rock (with programmed beats, swirling textured keyboards, swishing phased guitars, and groovy bass). Those obscure songs were recorded in 1992-1993 at rehearsals. Simultaneously, they also recorded very different and much more focused avant-rock songs (as GB) which you can download and taste from www.raig.ru/AT_kalutaliksuak.asp.

And here comes a new album "Last Day of Sun" recorded in 2008. Space-Rock? Psychedelic? In the sense of HAWKWIND or OZRIC TENTACLES music it is not. But if you take, for example, French SHUB- NIGGURATH, blend it with Danish-Swedish ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE, and add authentic Siberian Shamanic chanting (sang on self-invented language), you would get a picture of how KALUTALIKSUAK sounds this time. This is an associative description for "rock" generation. Though, if your musical interests spread to classical academic music, the better description would be "an adaptation of Igor Stravinsky, Dmitry Shostakovich, or Alfred Schnittke's music to the format of rock-quartet".

Yes, it's very uneasy listening. Yes, it might sound too chaotic and confused (like certain works of aforementioned academic composers). But it's very concentrated and loaded performance, which sometimes even lacks in this free-loose spirit of psychedelic jamming.

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Kalutaliksuak Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by avestin
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3 stars Psychedelic and spacey, eerie and quirky - such is the atmosphere in a land without sun; such is the mood prevalent in Kalutaliksuak's album, Last Day Of Sun, depicting this very phenomenon of two day-less months in northern regions of the globe. At times sounding like a long jam played over a pre-conceived theme, the long title track, divided into five parts, is an engulfing sonic voyage through weird and ominous soundscapes. It is not, however, developed into too high a plane as I would have liked it. Once it reaches its top levels it seems to linger there, though it does go wild, as the guitar and bass seem to be all over the place with their seemingly-aimless playing and the keyboards providing a "sheet" of smooth sound, serving as the quiet support for the rest of the instruments. But it feels more like a jam/improvisation session than a fully explorative and fully developed composition. Not that I dislike it, but then I would be more excited about it. As such it does provide a nice "freak-out" psych aural adventure which is best suited for late night listening and in the proper "wanting to get away" mood. The peaks the music gets to during the five parts are well done and would go well in any krautrock/space/psych-theme listening night. The sporadic use of vocals and flute serves to reinforce the mystical element of the music and the peculiar and even creepy nature of this piece, befitting the name of the band and its meaning ("a malicious ice-deity in Esquimaux mythology"). This title track, altogether clocking at around 50 minutes delivers very well the feeling of being stranded without a sun for a couple of months; the constant dark, the feeling of being "abandoned" in the cold northern winter; the yearning for the light to come back to the world. It is a powerful experience, fierce and trippy. The other 3 tracks on the album are not any different than what came before. Continuing the spacey and psychedelic journey, surrounded by a wall of sounds, they provide the same rather slow and grim style of before. Not only is the rhythm mostly slow or moderate, but the development of the music is done leisurely as well most of the time. The second track "She Who Knows" is a good example of this. If you're up for a freak-out session, if you're tired and need a good portion of psych-rock to gain back your strengths or if you're just the kind of person who likes the sorts of vibes the music I described above gives you, then you should check it out. As for me, I like it quite a lot, but I wish that in their future release they'll opt for a more focused and less jam-y style.

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