Moscow Youth Cult create sonic waves that teeter on the edge of a massive celestial event, transporting listeners to far-flung, obscure, sci-fi inspired soundscapes.
Scaling the grand divide between analogue and digital music, making sense of the effect technology has had upon the way we digest sounds and enjoy rhythms and beats, Moscow Youth Cult are a two man band with big dreams. Hailing from Nottingham, the two 20-something brains behind MYC create psychedelic theme tunes that sound as though they have been ripped from some forgotten fantastical film.
Recently finalising their debut album entitled Happiness Machines, lifting the title from an Adam Curtis documentary, the lads’ forthcoming Boards of Canada inspired sound-compendium pushes the boundaries of atmospheric music to brave new heights. Incorporating twisted trip-pop into visually disturbing, progressive short films, MYC add a dash of saturated experimental dance-techno into their works. Playing their material full blast to select and intimate crowds, MYC are establishing a whole new genre of visually led, experimental itch, glitch reverbs and disturbs.
Heavily influenced by gaming culture, each track they lay down is accompanied by an obscure, visual display which plays out on VHS through projectors and dated television monitors. Discussing their ambitions, the lads explained: “In a way we try to create alternative soundtracks for films. We’re not afraid to make dance music either. I think sometimes being experimental can tarnish bands and put them in a bad light, but I don’t see why you can’t make dance music that has an emotional resonance and depth to it.”
Now preparing for their launch into the commercial world of chart music, i-D online delved into the conscious of Moscow Youth Cult to see what they’re saying.