title: Greatest Hits
format: CDr / digital
keywords: experimental fieldrecordings found sound minimal noise Russian Federation
label: Zhelezobeton http://zhb.radionoise.ru/
Pustota’s greatest hits might not contain the material that radio stations would spin every half an hour, or billboard would put up in some high ranking lists between the likes of Elton John and Celine Dion.. But these greatest hits on this greatest hits album have every right on their own to be called great and hit! Great as they are not only great, they are also loud, and ‘hit’ because they hit all their potential. Let me talk you through these greatest hits on the greatest hits album…
‘Zamescheniye’ couldn’t possibly better be described as a well-executed lift off in which an listener is treated with the classy crushing sound of a fresh rocket engine. It reaches a great height and becomes more and more pleasant as the wild sound establishes itself out in the open. A feeling of monumental movement is simply added into this track, making me as a listener searching for a seat and a seatbelt just in case turbulence might kick in unexpectedly. A greatest hit not only on earth but also appreciated outside the ozone layer.
Next up is greatest hit ‘Polumery’ which features human activities like talking of individuals. There is also this prominent buzzing burning sound that makes whatever these human individuals do or say into something that is kept in the dark. A yell could be heard perhaps, but the crunching industrial sound is dominating the recording, clearly obscuring the humans as non-humans rule the world over here.
Samozavodka is the greatest hit that goes straight into the action, sounding as if live machinery is well oiled up for an intensive sound play. The industrial material has a fair rhythm to it, clearly capturing some loose bolts and screws for additional percussion. It’s loud and noisy but also quite pleasant for the ears, never going into the distorted harsh zones and clearly delivering the machine generated sounds in a crystal clear format.
Komada Trake is one of the more stormy weather chapters on the release. This really does its best in recreating a typhoon of wind that might pick up an entire house and place it somewhere a few miles further on the map. When the whole ordeal was over my ears had blown into the garden and I had to find them as if it was a game of Easter eggs,
Mikrorayon has earned the name of greatest hit because it was and still is so popular among the kids. They are having a huge part in the success of this hit, clearly enjoying themselves while they play around while they secretly become the main happy leads on the ‘Mikrorayon’ master peace. There is some slight hiss fluffing around, as if someone is flushing down the dirt nearby a playground; but it’s the kids that simply made this into the hit that it is. The case of unexpected footsteps and happy birds did definitely a great job in making it much more than an average hit.
Super mega hit Rassloyeniye had something of a light rain feeling shining through it, it’s one that will make you feel soaked till the bone, slightly cold and shivering. But it’s also refreshing; I mean it doesn’t occur that much that we are stuck in a wet and windy rainfall with no place to hide our asses in. It has something to get wet, while actually just listening to a fantasy of is getting wet in the rain.
Another best of hit is ‘Tumanniy Mys’ it brings the comfort of nature, carefully blowing a soft and sweet electric wind into the earlobes while a tickling sensation of upfront stones are nicely played around with. It might be wood, or perhaps other things, but whatever it is, it sounds playful and cozy.
Vasilyeostrovskiy Peregruz is the name of another greatest hit, a work that seems to be grinding its way through the sound barrier, drastically filling up the zone with a certain earth crushing noise that feels like a natural disaster; pretty heavy but acceptable and pretty respectful.
Then it’s time for Posle Vsego which simply hits a love for dusty clicks and ticks to the hit mix. It’s one of these tracks that goes straight to the essence, clearly delivering the thing that brings lovers of vinyl and moldy tapes together in a celebration of crackles.
Last best of the best mega hit is
To Da Syo which combines the moving sound again with some humanity. It made me feel like being on a train in heavy weather, sailing through subway train stations with a lot of eye popping spectators around. It’s a sound of traveling and perhaps they are all on their way to get their hands and ears on all these mega hits. Don’t board a train but click the link below as it will save you a wet suit, as strangely this hit contains halfway of a water session that guaranteed will make you want to pee or thrown in your sweaty shirt for some hand cleaning by the mega hit creator.