Neuromonakh Feofan

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Neuromonakh Feofan
Нейромонах Феофан.jpg
Neuromonakh Feofan performing at ANABUK Festival, 2016
Background information
Native name
Нейромонах Феофан
OriginSt Petersburg, Russia
Genres
Years active2009—present
Websitehttp://neurofeofan.ru

Neuromonakh Feofan (Russian: Нейромонáх Феофáн, lit. 'Neuromonk Feofan') is a musical project from St. Petersburg, Russia, combining drum 'n' bass and Russian folk music.

Neuromonakh Feofan's performances are styled after traditional Russian festivals, with the group members dressed in bast shoes, kosovorotkas and sarafans. The group's lyrics incorporate Church Slavonic and obsolete Russian words, and they play balalaika over the drum 'n' bass beats.

Members[edit]

The project's main members are songwriter and performer Neuromonakh Feofan, DJ Nikodim, and the Bear. The group members remain anonymous, and Neuromonkh Feofan appears on stage with his face covered by an Eastern Orthodox-style hood.[1]

History[edit]

In an interview with Afisha magazine, Nikodim stated that he professionally studied music before meeting Feofan. Neuromonakh Feofan had started recording songs in 2009. Feofan and Nikodim came up with the idea to start a new musical project during their forest walks.[2]

The group's debut album, Drum in the Soul, Bright Rus' in the Heart (Russian: «В душе драм, в сердце светлая Русь»), was released in early 2015. The group toured cities in Russia and Belarus to promote the album. The album was warmly received by listeners and critics and entered the top 10 of Russian iTunes.[3][4][5]

Neuromonakh Feofan has performed at Russian music festivals such as Kubana[2], Nashestvie (Russian: Нашествие)[6], Dikaya Myata (Russian: Дикая Мята, lit. 'Wild Mint')[7], and VK Fest[8].

Neuromonakh Feofan was listed as the Russian Independent Performer of the Year on the Yandex Music's 2015 year-end list, based on the streaming service's listening statistics.[9]

Criticism[edit]

Musical critics have noted the novelty of the fusion of Russian folk motifs with electronic dance music in Neuromonk's music, comparing the project with some legendary Russian performers like MC Vspyshkin and Ivan Kupala. In one of his interviews Sergey Shnurov said that Neuromonk Feofan is "a combination of the incompatible, they are Orthodox atheists, they are believing Komsomols",[10] and he also approved Neuromonk Feofan's activities in social networks. The lyrics of Neuromonk's songs abound with references to the life of Ancient Rus and are devoted to Russian nature and physical labor, but they contain a bit of irony. The main distinguishing feature of the project is their image and visual component. In her article at Zvuki.ru, Victoria Bazoeva pointed to a good level of stylization, and noted that the use of modern words along with historicism can somewhat disappoint some true connoisseurs of reliable historical reconstruction. After the first album release many people were unconcerned about Feofan, but the touring success and the performance at "Cubana" Festival forced many critics to reconsider their opinion.

The creativity of the project is sometimes called conceptual, postmodernist, while contrasting, however, with representatives of contemporary Russian art like Vladimir Sorokin.

Discography[11][edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

  • 2015 — Drum in the Soul, Bright Rus' in the Heart (Russian: «В душе драм, в сердце светлая Русь»)
  • 2016 — Great Forces of Goodness (Russian: «Велики силы добра»)
  • 2017 — To Dance. To Sing (Russian: «Плясать. Петь.»)

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 2015 — "To Trample Down"
  • 2015 — "Now I Want to Dance!"
  • 2016 — "The Hut is Walking with Staggering"
  • 2016 — "Old Russian Drum"
  • 2017 — "And Now the Bear is Singing"
  • 2017 — "Old Russian Soul" (feat. Slot)
  • 2018 — "Viski" (feat. Bi-2)

Videos[edit]

Year Title Director Album
2015 "To Trample Down" on YouTube BazavaProduction[12] Single
2016 "The Hut is Walking with Staggering" on YouTube Vitaliy Kapitonov Single

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Нейромонах Феофан".
  2. ^ a b "Афиша Воздух: Нейромонах Феофан: Творите мифы – Архив". Афиша. Retrieved 2019-06-30.
  3. ^ Алексей Мажаев (2015-03-07). "Нейромонах Феофан - "В душе драм, в сердце светлая Русь" ****". InterMedia. Archived from the original on 2016-02-26. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  4. ^ "Дичь! Нейромонах Феофан с альбомом "В душе драм, в сердце светлая Русь"". Flow. 2015-01-21. ("Альбом первый, державный, добротный, заряженный лихой прытью"). Archived from the original on 2016-02-26. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  5. ^ "Новый альбом Бьорк попал в российские чарты iTunes". Lenta.ru. 2015-01-26. Archived from the original on 2016-02-29. Retrieved 2016-02-29. На десятое место попала необычная пластинка от Нейромонаха Феофана «В душе драм, в сердце светлая Pусь!». По словам исполнителя, его новая работа — попытка совместить широту русской души, русскую песню, балалайку и стиль Drum 'n' Bass.
  6. ^ "НАШЕСТВИЕ 2018: Нейромонах Феофан". www.nashe.ru. 2018-05-04. Retrieved 2019-06-30.
  7. ^ "Нейромонах Феофан". Дикая Мята (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-06-30.
  8. ^ Суходоева, Анна (2017-07-14). "VK Fest 2017 в Санкт-Петербурге: программа мероприятий". KP.RU - сайт «Комсомольской правды» (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-06-30.
  9. ^ ""Яндекс.Музыка" подвёл статистику года". InterMedia. 2015-12-21. Archived from the original on 2016-02-29. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  10. ^ Илья Жегулев (2015-08-11). ""Обаяние — вот, что нужно русской культуре"". Meduza. ("Интервью музыканта Сергея Шнурова"). Archived from the original on 2016-02-13. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  11. ^ "Нейромонах Феофан". Neurofeofan.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  12. ^ Бэкстейдж со съёмок клипа "Нейромонах Феофан - Притоптать" on YouTube

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