Peredmova is Vladyslav Zarichnyuk (guitar,
programming) and Vira Pravylo (vocals, keys) and they are from Kyiv, Ukraine. We first heard them on the sublime, electronic dream that is “Я Іду до Тебе” (I’m Coming To You). They combine a wonderful visual aesthetic with a real talent for catchy dream pop and wrap it all up in a beautiful package. They released their debut LP “Abetka” last summer on their own label Dobryi Bober. We were delighted to catch up with them and find out some more.
When did your musical journey begin?
Vlad: 10 years ago I started playing in the band Theme of Laura. We played heavy music. Anyway, I was glad to be a part of the band. Later I started my own band Callisto Waves. First, we played cover version on The Smiths’ «There is a Light That Never Goes Out». First releases and gigs happened with Night Dew Call, when I got interested in home recording.
Vira: From documentaries «The Beatles Anthology» and «Seven Ages of Rock’n’roll», when I was a teenager. Then piano lessons, videos on the internet and meeting with Vladyslav.
What was the first piece of music you loved, and why?
Vlad: It’s a lullaby… My mother sang it when I was a little child, laying in the bed. It brings me a feeling of being absolutely safe:
She was walking in the garden, gathering flowers
She was walking in the garden,
She charmed the one she loved
Vira: I love Claude Debussy’s Claire de Lune. Absolute beauty and hand of God in this music.
What is your favourite song that you’ve written and why?
Vira: «Себе Відшукала»(Found Myself). IIt bringsme peace of mind. Lyrics are short but straight, so there are a lot of space for music.
How would you describe your music?
Vira: Dialogue with heaven.
Vlad: Inner talk.
You have a definite visual style, what has influenced that?
Vira: Tumblr and Pinterest for sure. If more carefully, I’m a fan of old photography from ХІХ and ХХ centuries. We are interested in the history of art and watch many documentaries. What we really like is beauty connected with honesty and quietness. We are totally influenced by Ukrainian literature, history and ancient traditions. At the same time, we are fans of British, American and European music, mostly from independent labels.
Vlad: Beauty is the presence of God. Recent Kyiv’s exhibition, devoted to Boychukism, told me some answers to the question who I am.
How did you meet?
Vira: We met at an art festival in Kyiv.
What song by another artist do you wish you had written and why?
Vira: Recently I have heard a new song After the Zero Hour by Wolf Alice and thought that would like to write something magnificent like that.
Vlad: Eric Satie – Gymnopedie #1. Perfect tempo and balance between notes and silence.
What artist(s) has been your biggest influence and in what way?
Vira: Francoise Hardy, Anna Calvi as female musicians. The Smiths, The Cure, Slowdive present me deep colourful music, visual aesthetic and sincere lyrics. Lullabies and hits of the Ukrainian 60’s and 90’s show me the poetic language of my land.
Vlad: I’d like to mention Marcel Duchamp. I share his comicality, use it in life relations.
Name a song that makes you happy and why does it have that effect?
Vira: Jens Lekmann – Happy Birthday, Dear Lisa.
Vlad: It’s definitely Geoge Harrison’s “What is Life”. It vibrates in the way of love. It expresses compassion.
What’s the best new band you’ve heard recently?
Vira: Sunflower Bean.
Vlad: Cigarettes After Sex.
What is exciting you on the Ukrainian music scene?
Vlad: The speed of how ideas spread.
Vira: The music scene in Ukraine feels like a child who is searching for knowledge, style and meaning. This child can become a personality. Musicians are working on it here.
How are you feeling about the political situation there at the moment?
Vlad: Murdering has nothing common with humanism. My way to create peace is to ignore the news and recognise my inner destructive way of thinking.
Vira: Maydan’s Revolution brought us fighting for freedom and independence. The most important is work on culture and education. There are lots of projects, free lectures, festivals and governmental programs that bring people new horizons. As a country we overcome challenges. Ukraine is the land where East and West meet. There is a generation gap between people from communism’s era and young people who were born in Independent Ukraine. We see the world as a friendly place for creativity and communication. There is a war on the East of Ukraine, people die. It’s a tragedy. Our neighbours want to occupy us. There is a real conflict between people from Soviet System’s way of thinking and people who identify themselves with the Ukrainian language, culture and democracy. There’s a lot of fake news about political situation in Ukraine. The truth is that the nations that obey will fall, but those who die in battle will reborn.
Do you think artists have social responsibilities at times like these?
Vlad: Yes, every human being is responsible. Now we need to clear dirt from our thoughts. It’s time to notice where the fears come from and don’t let them rule the person. Democracy is everyone is a censor to himself.
What’s your idea of success?
Vlad: Love is the key. The treasure box is freedom.
What question would you like to be asked that you never are and what would your answer be?
Vlad: If somebody asked me “what is God?”, I’d answer, “It’s everything: love, the Universe, you, Eternity. Everything will exist forever. There’s no time to worry about death. There’s no time for blaming, arguing, tears and sadness. Time to enjoy life, to thank each little bonus of it. Human is so little, but he has everything inside, a way to find his God. It gives freedom. I’m glad for those who have found their love in this world. Love is the straightest way to find God.”
When can we expect new music from you?
Vira did this wonderful drawing for us too, which is now in pride of place in our gallery!