Ukraine has a very rich culture and within the past several years, there has been some excellent music released within the darkwave/post-punk realm from Ukrainians. While it’s easy to feel helpless in these chaotic times, supporting artists and donating money is a great idea and way to help. Here is a small list of highlights to check out.
by Laura McCutchan
The solo project of Alex Ashtaui, based in Kyiv, is post-punk with a psychedelic, Arabic feel and Russian lyrics. Zola-Zemlya has a unique sound that dips into peaks and valleys throughout the album. It’s a real stand out from the more synthwave sounds coming out from the former soviet bloc.
Purchase Morwan’s Zola-Zemlya on Bandcamp.
The electronic duo of Oleksii Donets and Anastasia Romanova formed during quarantine and is based in Dnipro. Their sound brings Boy Harsher to mind, yet, their approach is colder and more bleak. Lyrics like, “It’s not your choice, You must survive, This wild area, Will eat you,” from the track, “Helpless”, drive this home on their album Suffer | Hope.
This four-piece led by Theo Zhykharyev is based in London. People in the Sun (2019) is a fantastic lo-fi post-punk album while their latest, Stump Soup is a weird and more experimental romp with proceeds going to support the Ukrainian resistance.
Also notable is the California-based band, Ashes Fallen, who have released a charity single. All sales are going to Direct Relief for their humanitarian mission in Ukraine. Both the album version and a remix by The Axiom Divide are available.
You can support each artist through their Bandcamp, find more links on their Instagrams, and donate to Direct Relief through Ashes Fallen’s charity single.