Archive: Margenrot

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Lusia Kazaryan-Topchyan was born in Siberia and lived in Moscow, where she played with the influential post-punk band Fanny Kaplan. After they split, she recorded her first solo album under the name Margenrot in Berlin. On Zangezur, she combines dark techno rhythms and industrial drones with Oriental harmonies and wind instruments like the duduk – such inspirations are owed to her family’s Armenian heritage. She samples a church choir from an Armenian village and field recordings from a local discotheque over martial beats; in her songs, she tells the story of a Mongolian general, who overran the country in the 14th century: a musically rich and evocative expedition into the history of colonialism.

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