Oligarkh’s music erases the borders between high and popular culture, ancient and modern. Their crashing collages of sound, images and words draw from disparate musical and visual sources to create surreal juxtapositions of contemporary urban culture, deep folk memory and decades of popular expressions of the national character.
The young hip-hop producer from Saint Petersburg made his debut in 2013 with his album “Zemlya i Volya” (Land and Liberty), described as ‘an abstract-orthodox mix of spiritual, folk, chanson and lyrical music framed by solid bass bells, 8-bit balalaika and broken rhythms’. Oligarkh’s live gigs are augmented with a drummer and arresting video collages taken from historical films, documentaries, fairytales and old TV clips. It’s a journey through the Russian collective conciousness, from grand cathedrals to remote villages, from suburban ghettos to the enclaves of the rich.
Their second album “Anatoliy” came out in February 2016. A single “Lebedi” and an EP “Stand Up and Go” were released in February 2017.