"A song is either good to start with, or it's bad."
October 24, 2013 9:10 PM Subscribe
("Samoe bol'shoe prostoe chislo", Russian for "The Biggest Prime Number") is a St. Petersburg-based band that combines indifferent, low-key rapping with charming synth-and-acoustic-guitar arrangements. Their live shows are chaotic and involve handing out cheap instruments to audience members first
; their recorded music is stripped-down and friendly. I first discovered them through Birthday and Beasts
on Far From Moscow's Apples
compilation—to me, it sounds like something out of the tetherball scene in Napoleon Dynamite. The Three of Us
is a more driving song with an unusual balance of instruments; the album it's on, Flash Card
, is generally pretty terrific. (The opening song, Russian Music
, makes me pretty damn happy.)
Far From Moscow has written about them a number of times
. Their article The Strange Advantages of Indifference
talks about SBPCh's recording process and musical philosophy:
Key here is the notion of "awkwardness." In other words, all members of SBPCh feel that honest expression, either on stage or in the studio, never comes from a clamorous display of bold, brash statements, even when they're made with confidently wielded technology. Quite the opposite: veracity and candor should come in humble forms.
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