These 6 Berlin-based musicians spent a large proportion of their lives in the USSR - that mythical and legendary place beyond the iron stage curtain where Gypsies sing of woollen boots, worshippers of Mammon decry broken hearts and glasses sing paeans to lost love. And where, what's more, the troubadour is an outlaw.
Several band members have already caused a sensation in the Moscow underground scene. They immigrated to Berlin at the beginning of the nineties and have been enriching the Russian diaspora with various musical projects ever since. The multifaceted artist Irina Doubrovskaja founded ErsatzMusika in 2006, also writing the songs and lyrics for their debut album.
Despite the remove from dub, urban folk, world, minimalism and balladeering at which ErsatzMusika stays, the group's music proves strangely familiar to audiences of these musical strains. Yet their music is not an eclectic lucky dip, but rather a collection of acoustic letters in a strange vernacular, a human-made-for-human ersatz for the sounds of information-age intercourse. It goes out with love...
Irina Doubrovskaja - Keyboards, Accordion, Vocal, Leonid Soybelman - Guitar, Mikhail Zhukov - Percussion, Sergey Vorontsov - Bass, Guitar, Vocal, Igor Vdovchenko - Bass, Harmonica, Roman Bushuev - Drums
1. Beside myself to you I came 2:33 / 2. Hey, Gangway! 3:58 / 3. The gold prospector 2:22
4. Still waters 3:44 / 5. Antediluvian 2:35 / 6. Bevelled glasses 1:54 / 7. And why? 2:30
8. Cranes 4:37 / 9. Upon the earth 1:48 / 10. Tsaritsino station 2:20 / 11. The mushroom hunter 4:41 / 12. Eh, Kalina 4:14 13. Went and drank 3:13 / 14. How here's how 4:02
Total playing time 44:33