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HDK 83 † In the bright darkness


The road slithers through vistas of harsh, breathtaking beauty dotted with frozen, unmarked graves and the rapidly vanishing traces of labor camps. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R504_Kolyma_Highway
Georgi Ivanov Markov, Bulgarian dissident author, was assassinated by the secret services in 1978. He was killed by ricin poisoning through the tip of an umbrella. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgi_Markov
Nepreryvka 03:46
In 1930 Josef Stalin presents the Nepreryvnaya Rabochaya Nedelya (Nepreryvka), "the continuous production weeks": a mass shift work organization to never stop factories. The Nepreryvka never worked and was permanently abolished in 1940. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_calendar
Inspired by Kieslowki’s Dekalog, jeden. The father and his son make measurements of the thickness of the ice on a nearby lake using a computer program, which makes the son confident that he can walk on the ice. When he tries, the ice on the lake breaks, and he drowns. The computer measurements are done on a Elwro, a polish soviet-era computer. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elwro
Mauzolejs 03:37
A man thinks that nothing will exist after his death: he is convinced that the end of his life is the end of everything. The song is inspired by the mausoleum of Lenin and Stalin and extreme narcissism in general.
Glasnost 05:12
Boris Yeltsin, drunk at 2000 New Year's Eve, gave a speech to the nation, announcing his resignation. Turning to the Russian people he said: "I must apologize for the many dreams we have shared and which have not come true. I apologize because I have disappointed the expectations of those who believed it was possible with a single leap to pass from a gray past of totalitarianism and stagnation to a bright, rich and civilized future". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Yeltsin
Nowa Huta 05:25
An industrial district of Krakow, built in the 50s according to the canons of socialist architecture. Nowa Huta thus became the stronghold of the Solidarność movement in the 1980s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidarity_(Polish_trade_union)
Five eyes 03:45
During the Cold War, the five Western powers conducted endless espionage and counter-espionage operations: in those days, the industry of paranoia was working in full swing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge_Five
A nuclear submarine that descends through deep waters... a journey into the subconscious... the unholy alliance of state and religion. In the orthodox mysticism, the uncreated light is the flashes of light one can experience with closed eyes, which is interpreted as a manifestation of divine light and energy.


CREUTZFELDT JAKOBS is a strange instrumental pop band from Malmo, Sweden; their music is "inspired by old BBC-soundtracks and early 80´s balkan-synth scene, composed and recorded using old synths, tape decks and other forms of obsolete technology"; their songs talk about the history of the Soviet Union, with particular interest for the Perestroika-era. Well, something bizarre enough to make us fall in love immediately!

"In the bright darkness" is a romantic concept album about the illusions, dramas and utopias that characterized daily life in the communist countries of the twentieth century; a beautiful, bitter-sweet album, made up of dark and other dreamy moments, pictures from beyond the Iron Curtain at the time of the Cold War.


released April 30, 2021


* Mia Lundolm: Prophet 6 synthesizer
* Jon Liliequist: Roland Jx8p and Arp synthesizer
* Joel Munther: Moog and Oberheim synthesizer, drum machine, guitar and violin bass
* Ola Wirling: bass guitar, tape operator, recording and mastering engineer.
* Erik Cronqvist: flute
* Unni Zimmerdahl: trumpet
* Wilhelm Strandberg: drums on A2
* Pontus Häggblom drums on B3 and B4
* Nicole Eklund: vocals on B3
* Maryna Buchynska: vocals on A1
* Mikelis Lapsa: vocals on A5

A big thanks to Niklas Alexandersson for making wonderful video content.




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DIY label focused on ambient punk, minimal-synth, dungeon-drone, wartime music and post-nuclear wave. Managed by a creative punx collective from Milano city.

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