Source: Bandcamp Daily.
Valentina Goncharova’s music—recorded at home, on a modified Soviet-era reel-to-reel recorder in the late ‘80s—weathered both a house fire and a collapsed roof, but the clarity and fidelity of the tapes remained surprisingly intact. Thirty years later, the music on those tapes is finally being released to the world courtesy of a double-LP reissue from the Tallinn, Ukraine-based, archive label Shukai. Valentina Goncharova Recordings 1987-1991, Vol. 1 contains 10 of Goncharova’s eclectic electro-acoustic gems, all of which have remained largely unheard until now. Moving fluidly between improvisation, minimalism, drone, classical and experimental electronics, while employing DIY recording techniques and ideas that were decades ahead of their time, the album provides an insight into the life of one of Eastern Europe’s unsung leftfield music pioneers.