If you’ve been frequenting this site over the past couple of months, you might recall that earlier this year, I wrote about Rostov-on-Don, Russia-based indie rock quartet Motorama. Formed back in 2005, the members of the band self-produced their earliest releases before they signed with French label Talitres Records in 2012. And interestingly, with their latest effort Dialogues, which was released last month, the band both cleans up and expands upon the sound that first won them international attention — without cleaning up the material’s melancholy tone and feel.
Much like it’s preceding single “Tell Me,” Dialogue‘s latest single “By Your Side” is an moodily atmospheric single consisting of twinkling and shimmering synths, swirling electronics, four-on-the-floor drumming, brief blasts of plucked guitar chords and earnest and plaintive baritone in a swooning proclamation of love and devotion while further cementing their reputation for crafting material that sounds indebted to the classic 4AD Records sound.
The recently released video features fittingly moody and brooding visuals including the band preparing to record and record in a darkened studio, members of the band walking around their town and some of its quieter and lovelier sights and so on.
Dialogue‘s latest single “Tell Me” has the band pairing atmospheric synths, a strutting and bopping bass line and plaintive vocals in a song that sounds as though it could have been released during 4AD Records heyday, complete with a wistful melancholy and an urgent, swooning Romanticism.