Glasnost is often used to describe the increased transparency of Soviet politics. We couldn’t think of a more fitting moniker for our latest discovery from the Great East, as it heralds what seems like a lifted embargo on innovative, quality music from Russia. The last month in Berlin has seen the likes of Glintshake and Jars, with Shortparis coming in tow next month. A lot of new releases come across our metaphorical desk, but Glasnost’s debut, Pieta, stood out starkly above the rest. The Moscow duo perfectly executes the formula that tickles our specific fancy: minimal synth hooks, atmospheric Russian vocals, 808 claps, and an accumulative sound that is simultaneously melancholic and danceable. The result is an instant darkwave classic, akin to an amalgamation of Tempers, Utro, and Boy Harsher.

Despite being their debut album, Glasnost’s Alexander Chiesa and Alina Vaulina are seasoned musicians. Their backgrounds in noise rock, techno, and power electronics can be heard laced throughout the tracks of Pieta, which translates to a release more varied and textured than your average dark synth album. With such a promising foray, we’re greatly looking forward to what the future holds. Have a first listen to the album here.