6TH CROWD – AVOID THE VOID
A SPILL EXCLUSIVE EP PREMIERE
There’s something to be said about music that makes you feel as if you’ve temporarily escaped reality, especially when modern-day life pulls you in so many directions that you just want to ground yourself. Funny I should mention that as some quality grounding comes from the electronic ether woven throughout the tracks of the debut EP from 6TH CROWD.
Based in Kyiv (Ukraine), producer 6TH CROWD deals in electro-wave and dream-trance. If one of the main points of music is to make you feel, to make you want to move, then she as certainly achieved this. The debut Avoid The Void EP, coming on May 15, is solely due to Dari Maksymova, perhaps best known as frontwoman, synth and bass player of post-punk band On The Wane.
Her synthetic and euphoric world is one where we want to be (and so should you). Each song a different trip with different bends and tangents. 6TH CROWD brings the spirit of the rave into her music, setting the stage and the mood for what’s to come.
As a kid, Dari was obsessed with dance and dreamed of becoming a choreographer. It never happened but the inner connection between rhythm and body never disappeared.
Earlier, 6TH CROWD released the singles single ‘You’re Not An Island’, ‘The Day is Over’ and ‘Самозванцы’ (Samozvantsiy)’ to whet our appetites. Inspired by such artists as Modeselector, Siriusmo, Four Tet and Thomas P. Heckmann, her music is a most welcome addition to the electronic music landscape. All tracks are mixed and mastered by @plastmassa.community.
Written well before the dire COVID-19 situation, her latest video takes on significance in our newfound world of social distancing, lockdown and self-monitored quarantine. “We all go a little crazy here in a month of lockdown, huh? Huge thanks and all the credits to my friends for going crazy in the video and for being amazingly patient with me these days.”.
We get it – surely everybody gets it by now. Cabin fever is making us stir crazy, not to mention worried for our family, loved-ones and the future in general. We need human contact, personal connections in order to get through this.
“The lyrical part of it is exceptionally minimalistic. In fact, it’s just John Donne’s quote, “no man is an island entire of itself,” and the phrase “you’re not an island.” The last one is repeated in Ukrainian, Portuguese, German, French, two types of Spanish, Chinese, and Hebrew. That’s pretty much dance music, voices just give us the feeling that we’re not alone. Even if you’re here in your bedroom all alone, you should remember that there are thousands of people in their rooms across the world feeling just as lonely as you do. And that unites,” says Dari Maksymova.
“The song had been sitting in my hard drive for a year. And the description above was written in early February when Ukraine had no clue about the imminent pandemic. I always write music for myself, to get something I need from it – courage, support, relief. But I had no idea how much will I need this one. If you feel scared, tired, and a bit lost – take my hand, we all together here.”
Enjoy her video for ‘You Are Not An Island’:
Also check out the excellent rework Beatastic has made for this:
Avoid The Void
Release Date: May 15, 2020