Andrey Lysikov, better known as Dolphin, is one of the most important names of current Russian music.
From its beginnings in the early Nineties, his career is a tortuous path through rock, rap, and electronic arrangements. Before becoming a solo artist, he was the leader of projects like hip hop trio Malchishnik, alternative band Dubovyy Gaay, and experimental rock duo Mishiny Dolphiny.
Anyway, I think that his solo work is the best way to get to know him. "Zvezda" is the fifth album released under the moniker Dolphin, and it represents the moment when Lysikov discarded rap to fully embrace rock music.
It's a very exciting record, especially thanks to producer Mewark, who provided lots of creative rhythm patterns and atmospheric electronic sounds, and Pavel Dodonov, a versatile, experimental guitar player, one of the best of the post-2000 scene.
Dolphin is the author of both lyrics and melodies, his melancholic and heartful voice is the icing on the cake of an already perfect formula.
The most popular song is "Vesna", which is regarded as his anthem, but "Sumerki", "Chuzhoy", "Toska", and "Kiberpank" are also excellent examples of this hi-tech music with an epic mood.
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