May 26, 2021

Russian Karelian Neofolk outfit THEODOR BASTARD are now announcing the re-issue of their 2020 masterpiece Volch’ya Yagoda, which was originally released on April 9 last year. The album will be re-released via Season of Mist on June 25, 2021 in various formats.

THEODOR BASTARD comment on the re-issue: “Volch’ya Yagoda is the Russian folk name for any poisonous forest berries. But there is a secret in it: the berries are not only poisonous, but also curative – if you know. We are very pleased that the Volch’ya Yagoda album will be available to European and global audiences. We hope you can hear and feel a piece of the Karelian forest and indigenous traditions that we have imprinted  in our modern sound.”

Volch’ya Yagoda track list

  1. Flute Song (2:09)
  2. Shumi (4:31)
  3. Skejgored (4:44)
  4. Urzala (4:04)
  5. Les (4:09)
  6. Kamen, Sneg, Metal (3:03)
  7. Secrety (3:42)
  8. Requiem (2:36)
  9. Pozhato (5:06)
  10. Volchok (3:28)
  11. Obereg (2:53)
  12. Fjorn Gaden (4:10)

The multi-layered and unpredictable 2020 album Volch’ya Yagoda from THEODOR BASTARD,  inherits the band’s recognizable multi-genre approach where psychedelic trip hop, combined with cinematic instrumentals and archaic world music, meets modern technological electronics. THEODOR BASTARD combine Russian texts with glossolalia and shamanic spells as easily as they change instruments on stage. 

THEODOR BASTARD is one of Russia’s most unusual bands representing the electronic Karelian neofolk genre. Also elements of dark wave and trip hop are present in the band’s music. The message doesn’t carry out everyday problems and is mainly focused on mythology and shamanism. The hallmarks of the band are the unique and bewitching lead vocals of multi-talent Yana Veva and the impeccable sound producing skills of Fedor Svolotch, founder of the band who created the band 20 years ago.

From album to album, THEODOR BASTARD carefully and masterly combine many different exotic and traditional instruments. The special northern atmosphere of their albums is created with Nordic nyckelharpa and jouhikko, primeval flutes created from tree roots and shamanic percussion.

“We live in the north of Russia in Karelia, which has a difficult fate” states band leader Fedor Svolotch. He continues: “This is a harsh northern region with unpredictable nature, with spruce and pine forests. Bears are found here. Moose and hare come straight to my house. In Karelia there are beautiful cliffs and clear lakes with fresh water. These are our personal places of power, the places where stones and winds are talking to us. Singing for us a songs of the northern harsh nature”.

THEODOR BASTARD‘s music is set out to take listeners to unexplored and other worlds. From the cold and twilight realms of the marshy swamps of taiga and mossy tundra, to unexplored places where the earthly plane and the spiritual world are separated only by a thin ghostly veil. THEODOR BASTARD consists of 6 musicians, turning their performances into a dark magic act that sends the audience back to Northern musical traditions, to the Karelian and the Russian folk. The musicians use a variety of electronic devices and ethnic instruments, but also their own hand-made instruments from stones, human bone and the roots of Karelian birch. 

Volch’ya Yagoda provides you with the special northern atmosphere which is created with Nordic nyckelharpa and jouhikko, primeval flutes created from tree roots and shamanic percussion. And as always, the leading role in the album belongs to the voice of Yana Veva, exciting and bewitching by its deepness!


Current line Up:
Fedor Svolotch – dulcimer, samplers, vocal
Yana Veva – vocal, bawu, ocarina
Kusas – percussions, winds
Alexey Kalinovskiy – keyboards
Sergey Smirnov – drums
Ekaterina Dolmatova – back vocal
Slava Salikov – cello, morin khuur


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