Sunday, January 10, 2016

Neutral - "Cold Plays" [1999]

Artist: Neutral
Title: Cold Plays
Genre: Neofolk
Country: Russia
Release date: 1999

Track List:
  1. Playroom
  2. When Silence Comes To Close My Eyes
  3. Chambers Of The Past
  4. Playroom (live)
  5. Diamonds In Your Hands (live)
  6. Red-Yellow Autumn Funeral
In 1998, Neutral released a 3-song EP titled "Playroom", which was their first neofolk release. Their live performance that happened the same year is considered the first neofolk show to take place in Russia. After that, they became a very active live band, and they were among the founders of the annual "Walpurgis Night" folk festival that's held since 2000 in Kaliningrad.

The "Cold Plays" EP can be seen as an extended version of "Playroom". It contains all 3 tracks from "Playroom", along with two live tracks, and one track that subsequently would be released on Neutral's first LP "Of Shadow And It's Dream". Overall, this EP would be a good start to familiarize yourself with the early ex-USSR neofolk scene, and its cover artwork is very nice too.

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