It is rare for me to come across music from Russia in general and very few of those songs leave a lasting impression. But “Youth” by PARKS, SQUARES and ALLEYS has definitely snagged a hold of my wandering ears. If you are familiar with the 19-year old singer/songwriter Sergei Khavro, you know he is the musical mind behind this Russian music project. And boy has he come a long way from the early indie folk noise days of “Walrus Meditation”.
“Youth” stands out for it’s simple beauty. A gentle blend of musical styles that avoids trying too hard to define itself. Khavro incorporates beats that are soft and steady with gorgeous guitar melodies that reach out to every one of your senses. The hazy vocals seem almost like an afterthought, perfectly sprinkled on top and soft enough to avert any attempts to wrestle attention away from it’s even flow. There is a warm soothing energy resonating from “Youth”, with the power to reinvigorate a tired mind or transport you to a place where stresses are left far behind. To a time where you are young again and full of expectations and dreams. A song that leaves a lasting impression of our “Youth” we can not only hear, but also see!
There is a limited history attached to PARKS, SQUARES and ALLEYS but I have a funny feeling that’s about to change soon. And maybe I just might run into more good music from Russia along the way.