Egor Klochikhin is an experimental folk musician, performer and history lecturer from Berdsk, a small town next to Novosibirsk. His creative works, which evoke an idealized Russian past, are filled with field recordings, colorful instrumentation, cellophane static and sampled Russian monologues.
Foresteppe’s debut No Time to Hurry was self-released in 2013 and straddled the gap between reflective ambient music and instrumental folk. The follow-up album, Diafilms, was released in 2015 by the tape label Klammklang: “At times the tape seems to wobble, but it’s not the tape – it’s the patina of memory, an imitation of an ancient cassette on a new cassette. The tape casts a spell similar to that of an ancient folk tale: a brook babbles, a bear turns in his den, the sound of bells is cast upon the wind. Somewhere, an old man and woman are making a child out of snow. The music is a perfect reflection of a lost art. The diafilm – a series of 20-40 celluloid strips – was popular in the 50s and 60s, but only in the Eastern Bloc. Still images with dialogue, similar to those found in children’s books, were projected on the wall as a narrator read the accompanying story. The tape wobble is meant to evoke the often unsteady image.” - Richard Allen, A Closer Listen