Bichkraft – “Shadoof” – [Wharf Cat Records]
Kiev’s underground rock band Bichkraft delivers quite a punch with their second album. This was recorded at their new studio in a formerly debris-strewn building amongst broken classical vinyls, discarded winter coats and Soviet-era refrigerators. This chaos of old and new is indeed the style of this release, there’s something old and borrowed (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, early shoegaze), as well as something new and blue, pushing more aggressive indie rock into realms populated by noise pop and hybrid guitar techno. This album is indeed how to dangerously advent into spaces full of wonderful fragments, dissonance and atmospheric fun, not giving a funk about borders or genres. Yay!