Kedr Livanskiy - Ariadna
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2017 Ratings: #392 / 668
User Score
Based on 33 ratings
2017 Ratings: #152
Your Review



As with January Sun, Ariadna is a powerful, instantly memorable work from an exceptional artist.

The 405

Ariadna shows a star on the rise to the heart of the worldwide underground.

A.V. Club

Ariadna retains the formula that made January Sun so enchanting—slightly austere electro beats, woozy ambient washes, Livanskiy’s own haunting voice, singing in a Russian dialect that (to American idiots) makes it all the more mysterious—and adds the depth and vitality of live analog synths. 


Working with classic hardware synths, the Russian musician makes dark, dreamlike techno infused with her ethereal vocals.

Loud and Quiet

There’s still room to grow for the Moscow producer, but she’s already a big step forward: from the harsh Russian winter to the magic of Romanticism, smoothing the rough edges off her peculiar sonic adventure.

There are a number of paths that Kedr Livanskiy can follow now, as labyrinthine as Ariadne’s. Whichever is chosen, she deserves to see the light of day.
God Is in the TV
Listeners who don’t have a grasp of the Russian language or a helpful translator app will heavily rely on experiencing the album through its sonic atmosphere, which is a combination of ambient experimentation and ticking house beats. Pairing these two elements with the language barrier give the album a destined slot on the Graveyard Shift of an electronic music station and a place in a rarely discovered cult collection.
Nov 21, 2017
Fav tracks: Ariadna, Your Name, ACDC
Sep 5, 2017
This is brilliant until ACDC brings everything to a screeching halt. Talk about one song ruining an otherwise great album....

Favorite songs: Ariadna, Mermaid, Fire & Water
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Added on: June 21, 2017