Recently I've become quite interested in the work of Roman Sidorov, a mysterious and reclusive Russian musician who committed suicide in 2003. Not a great deal of information is available about him, but he was relatively prolific and recorded under a series of aliases and projects, often with his wife Alya. While not for the faint-hearted, his best-known project, Staruha Mha
, is dark ambient music with some sinister electronics that remind me of the likes of Cicciolina Holocaust and the more ambient Einstürzende Neubauten works.
More accessible are the bleak, but beautiful atmospheric guitar layers of Der Golem
(where Sidorov provided the guitar and vocals, and the electronics were handled by DM Zubov, who is also no longer with us).
Best of all, however, are the ethereal, meandering guitar lines and submerged, distant vocals of Sedativ
, along with mid-tempo drum machines and atmospheric loops creating something reminiscent of shoegaze or slowcore (like so
, Roman's final project - the only copy of the album was found in the wake of his suicide.