Recorded at Ocean Sound Recordings, Giske, Norway by John Rips,
additional engineer Henning Svoren except percussion for “Tapping”
recorded at Nikitskaya Records, Moscow, Russia by Nikolay Orel.
“Waiting For The Train” was recorded in 2009 at GEZ-21 Club
in St. Petersburg, Russia by John Rips.
Music by Kseny Fedorova, Max Roudenko
Words by Kseny Fedorova
Arrangemed by KUBIKMAGGI
Kseny Fedorova – vocal, piano
Max Roudenko – electric bass, melodica
Ilya Varfolomeev – drums, percussion
Artwork – Alisa Ryabova
released 13 November 2012
"We'd rather not translate things into words. Literary content and linear themes are both alien to music. Let's give music а chance to develop according to its own rules.
And yet, if we must speak, then let's begin from an opposing angle – from whatever's absent in Kubikmaggi's 'Suites.' For a start, there's neither a narrative line, nor any formal development – in the traditional sense. You shouldn't expect any avant-garde experimentation, either, at least not as it's typically understood.
We'rе not interested in stylistic games for their own sake. We don't focus on any one musical direction.
We never try to be comprehensible on the level of text alone; instead we strive for comprehension through whatever lies beyond language and form.
There will always be a point where incomprehensibility arises. Yet that same point allows us to show how accepted norms or conventionality merely offer superficial benefits.
Surface beauty; the suspect ways in which reputation is achieved or maintained; universal simplicity and comfort: in these ways the modern world enthralls its residents, often through multimedia experience. The same happens in the arts.
As Kubikmaggi – and in this new album – we try reminding both ourselves and the surrounding world of one thing. The work of human hands should never lead to an illusionary belief in 'boundless potentials.'
The 'Suites' LP embodies a constant juxtaposition of styles - and familiar phrasing, too. It's full of contrasts that bring with them shifting moods. Sometimes those emotions will contradict one another, but that helps us move towards valuable discoveries.
We love anything that obliges you to struggle through its complexity – in order to make a discovery. Revelation never happens quickly. Anything that's comprehended quickly will then vanish at the same speed…" (KUBIKMAGGI)
"Kubikmaggi remain one of Russia's most challenging and rewarding outfits. Dovetailing the free jazz, intellectual rock, and classical traditions of windswept northern Europe, these musicians treat their audience with rare and promising respect. Undaunted by baroque complexity or risk, they invite listeners to bypass the conventions of primetime enterprise. And there, where familiarity ends, genuine revelation often begins." (David MacFadyen)