Hi, we’re back with a new release which is actually a sampler of recording made during 11 years since 1998 to 2009. In 2013 our fellows from Tatu Mentu reissued this outstanding songwriter by releasing a sampler «Городское утро» (City Morning), but this sampler includes a lot of unreleased stuff.
Алексей Сергеевский (Alexey Sergeevsky) is a prolific singer-songwriter, very original in a venue of modern Russian bard music, closer to folk than to “regular” bards. He started his creative activities in a school duo named «Горизонт» (“The Skyline”) but soon he carried on as a solo artist, member of some bard clubs, participant of bard fests, gigs, etc. During the latest years he retired from songwriting due to lack of time, such a common issue, unfortunately.
Photos by Alena Kidun
I can’t say for sure what makes Alexey different from the bunch of bards wearing similar sweaters… maybe he’s sadder, darker and closer to folk, but that’s a fact I’ve already mentioned.
So let’s switch to songs. The motive of solitude is extremely common here, it’s represented in almost every song, just look at the titles: «Одна дорога» (One road), «Один» (Alone — which is scarring my heart with the line “Again I cannot go away”), «Одиноко» (Lonely), «Одной тебе» (Only for You).
Typical Russian folk motivation can be heard in song «Как-нибудь» (Somehow), another typical thing is a comparison between spiritual values and money in song «Деньги решают все» (Money Can Solve Any Problem).
Amongst my favorites can be found awesome «Паранойя» (Paranoia), a disease which characterizes any modernist cultural situation (both in previous century and now):
“We are all sick with one common disease
Very soon we will die”
“The risk of being tainted is as high as it can be”
The song «Разные» (Different) is a hyperbolic dichotomy between the rich and the poor, and the final «Одной тебе» (Only for You), the longest song, leaves you in a melancholic state of mind, desperately desiring to take a walk to make your head think fresher.
It’s only the man and the guitar and the somberness!
John “Grey Lenses” Grey