The Israeli/British collective Staraya Derevnya made an album of pure psychedelic experimentation recorded in the performance space at Cafe Oto. Staraya Derevnya are the Tel Aviv/London based collective that are paving their own path through the world of experimental sound. The band, named after a historic district in Saint Petersberg, certainly cannot be pigeon-holed into a geographical generalisation. The lyrics on the album are directly influenced by the Saint Petersburg poet and artist Arthur Molev.
Inwards Opened The Floor is their fourth album and they maintain many of the qualities that made them stand out with their earlier work. The long formed psychedelic jams are still a staple for the group; along with using an eclectic mix of instruments. Twelve people are credited on the album, some having provided cries and whispers, silent cello, radio interference and a rocking chair. The album was recorded back in 2017 at the Cafe Oto project space. Comprised of 7 tracks, the album is just under 50 minutes long. Their sound is certainly unique and calls to be listened to in a strong sound setting. Preferably in darkness and with no interruption. It’s difficult to pinpoint where exactly Staraya Derevnya are coming from; the music feels entirely primal whilst feeling very focused at the same time. It certainly holds a folk sensibility in that the sound creates both warmth and unease. I feel this is in part down to the many people who worked on the album creating an atmosphere of community.