Shot by Masha Demianova in Georgia and based on the Greek myth of Ariadne, Kedr tells the story of the video’s creation: “I asked Masha, an old friend of mine, to work with me firstly because I wanted to get away from the usual image which my videos have added up to. This is what the song requires and indeed these changes happening to me are reflected in the music, so naturally I wanted to convey them through the video.Masha works with mythical images and structures, blending them into the now in a way that doesn’t look staged, and that’s what I needed. The crew who worked on this video was all female which is quite important in the context of the song.
To accompany the release of her debut album Ariadna, Kedr will also share a beautiful companion piece, a limited run of zines with images shot by Masha Demianova.
“Synthesizers help me maximally feel the present moment.” Livanskiy was born into a shifting and critical time for Russia. The Soviet Union had exhausted and old values were anathematized because of reconstruction. A sense of displacement drove Kedr to find herself. She’s escaped reality repeatedly in her explorations into the imagery and ideas of romanticism, mythical and fairytale themes which visibly bleed throughout her work and especially on her debut full-length Ariadna.
Ariadna marks a change in her recording approach: her critically acclaimed breakthrough EP January Sun was written and recorded completely in Ableton, while Ariadna was written using the Roland SH-101, Roland Juno 106 and Korg Minilogue synthesizers, then mixed down in Ableton. According to Kedr, “This way, one gets into a flow of live interaction, here and now, with the instrument.”
To her, this interaction is more “raw and sacred” than actually mixing the track down, which seems like “mere formalism” in comparison. There is a definite leap in production values this time around, but Kedr manages to keep true to her sound despite the greater polish and depth.