Great album, but PledgeMusic has turned the preorders into a clusterfuck. Not just Ladytron, but evey project in the shipping phase has been caught up in their financial/contract problems. I'm glad I only ordered a CD, and that included a flac copy of the album. And it is brilliant.
So after Han's Mongolian find, the YouTube train brought on some Soviet synthpop.
It started with a generic feel but started to pick up, especially with a fine vocalist. Each subsequent listen feels more sublime than the prior. Another interesting feature is the seriousness of the audience. Clearly into it, with none of the mosh pit carnival nature of the Anglosphere.
So it turns out Alliance was a pretty big band in the USSR. Small studio audience in that, wondering what if any criteria for tickets to that show. Did they have any big concerts? What did a Soviet era concert look like?
During the early 1980s Soviet authorities started to exert heavy pressure on amateur bands, banning underground concerts as a sort of illegal commercial activity, and even imprisoning some music promoters and sound engineers for earning money from underground concerts. At the same time, several rock clubs were established[by whom?] to allow amateur bands to perform legal concerts.
In Russian, the original meaning of word "рок" is "fate" or "doom". The word is used almost exclusively in fiction, especially poetry (more widely used synonym is "судьба"). These correlate with the poetic roots of Russian rock and its attention to "serious" topics.
It also leaves me mildly saddened with this example of a lot of cultural stuffs lost or unshared for decades due to closed borders. But hey, we got the internet now and a great frontier of cultural sharing dawns, amirite?