Prior to their second full-length “Calendar” (2012), Motorama was a wonderfully kept secret. From the port city of Rostov-On-Don, Southern Russia, the band was producing a Manchester-inspired cold wave, icy and hypnotic. Icy but not frozen, hypnotic but awake.
Before long, their compositions gained in clarity, lyricism and assurance: the prominent rock of their first recordings now opening its doors to a romantic and melodic pop.
Since their first self-produced album “Horse” in 2008, Motorama have gone their own melodious seamless way. From their Russian port city of Rostov-on-Don, they have carved out their identity and a niche on the musical scene as travels, journeys, landscapes and encounters have helped them forge ahead with a global outlook.
“I always try to have it all recorded uncut, in one breath, and have it thus enhanced in its delicate rugged beauty. (…) As I have figured it out, demos sometimes and even often happen to sound better than the actual records to be released”, Vladislav Parshin - vocals and guitar - revealed to Magic magazine in February 2015. As expected, the fourth upcoming album ’Dialogues’ is no exception to that rule. As to the distinctive melodies, harmonies and lyrical texts, everything has just gone with the flow day after day in a do-it-yourself fashion that the band have been drawing on, up to the oldie but goodie Tascam Portastudio home recording mastered in a few short weeks.
With ’Dialogues’, let’s talk about an addictive pop music floating on a raft of wondrous melancholy, rocked by breathtaking lyricism, heady keyboards and a muffled but dancing bass. Let’s go explore the great outdoors via these compositions that take us on a trip.
MOTORAMA – ‘Dialogues’ : 1. Hard Times – 2. Tell Me – 3. Sign – 4. Loneliness – 5. Above The Clouds – 6. I See You – 7. Deep – 8. Someone Is Missed – 9. Reflection – 10. By Your Side
“Their music is an unexpected twist on the well-minded pool of post-punk references”
Dazed & Confused
“There’s something interesting going on in Russia, but I believe that Motorama are the forerunners of this burgeoning movement. I’m quite surprised they haven’t had more attention!”
Jacob Graham of The Drums in NME