Kedr Livanskiy


Ekko presenterer Kedr Livanskiy

“Synthesizers help me maximally feel the present moment,” says Kedr Livanskiy, real name Yana Kedrina. Her debut album, ‘Ariadna’, marks a change in recording approach: her critically acclaimed breakout 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.

She expresses a desire to experiment with different styles of songs and to depart from the dance format all together with the tracks “Mermaid” and “Sad One”. Though of course, most of “Ariadna” came out in a dance vein anyway.

By: Pål Alvsaker