WFMU : Freedom is Freeform!
lizb on 08/06/2009 at 09:02AM
Welcome to the enigma of one Ilya Monosov. With a musical ethos that closely mirrors WFMU's own freeform aesthetic, this man is everywhere and nowhere.
From his krauty-psych-noise-rock project (w/ Preston Swirnoff) The Shining Path, to his folky sometimes droney introspective solo work, and collaborations with Little Howlin' Wolf & Peter Barry (minimal experimental loveliness), the 21st Century Punks (driving, hypnotic, culty Eastern sounds), and the Hedonic Islands (beats, sampling), Ilya refuses corner himself. Instead of sticking to the tradition of a genre, some sort of magical and addictive quality is present throughout Ilya's work; perhaps it's merely the comfort of hearing the perfect ratio of repetition and drone to frenzied departues. With music released on the beard-heavy Holy Mountain label, Language of Stone, and Elevator Bath, I encourage you to explore Monosov's many sounds.
Take a listen to The Shining Path's particularly rocking live take on "Full Throttle Lover" below, and you may experience lift-off.