Many more bands these days are daring to be experimental, a bit different and stand out from the usual mainstream music that deafens you in every store, every music channel and on every radio station.
Sounds of Sputnik are most definitely unique, whilst taking inspiration from My Bloody Valentine and Happy Mondays they have defined a new sound; designed by Roman Kalitkin, a Russian veteran of post-punk, alongside Shauna McLarnon and Oleg Mezherovsky with their aim to stitch rock and dream pop together harmoniously.
The debut EP New Born seems more classical, more dreamy and much more ambient than anything I’ve heard recently. With delicate piano skills, oceanic draws and harmonic beauty on Light Scheme you could close your eyes and imagine yourself floating through space, a trippy daydream that could cross live as the percussion brings a tinge of rock and living up to the promise of dream pop rock already.
Alternatively, Blizzard opens with the dark tones of Cobain guitar strings before moving into full-blown Bush territory with disturbed guitars, a grunge attitude and then wonderfully eases into meditation sounds that could drift you away. A subtle transfer between genres, instruments, attitudes and emotion this song is a masterpiece without need for lyrics, the gentle uplift and inspired transition is delicate, a warm embrace as you move between mental states.
Shades of Cosmos also opens with a grunge attitude, a classic band track, guitars, drums and bass working together in harmony like a rock band can make sound so easy. For a project in its early stages this band sounds professional, they sound mature and well versed in bleeding genres, instruments and moods together.
Overdrive finishes off the EP with collaborative Canadian artist Ummagama vocals sounding like a beautiful contemporary version of Debbie Harry, a song to drive in your car along the long lonely roads but all the while keeping you going. It maintains pace like the whole EP does, clashing different genres of ethereal beauty together with grunge, rock and serene soundscapes that seem like they should have hugged each other all along.
Sounds of Sputnik describe itself as “post-rock, shoe gaze and dream pop noise to kickback to noise rock” and they deliver this perfectly in this debut offering of substantial music. If they can live up to all these different varying sounds with just five tracks then I look forward to what more they can bring in future.