Kazakhstan’s RBMA alumnus and disco deviant takes us on a psychedelic eastern trip.
Arenov hails from Kazakhstan’s former capital Almaty and makes music with a distinctly Central Asian twist. Imagine Lindstrøm-style space disco wafting through a bazaar from some chewed-up boombox. He’s a lover of classic psychedelic and progressive rock, which you can hear in his winding compositions, and he’s a big softie, too, so they pack an emotional punch. Just slightly lo-fi without obscuring his own brilliance, Arenov’s songs sound like the kind of long-lost records from the ’80s that DJ Harvey might dig up and throw in a set. Almaty might not have the biggest electronic music scene, but we know that Arenov is definitely one of its best and brightest.