Artjom »Funny Place« is Out Now!

Recently founded local imprint Plot Toy is presenting its first installment by Vienna based musician Artjom. Within the course of 5 tracks »Funny Place« takes us through sonic complexity and alienated lyricism that incorporate spoken word/rapping, turntableism and Artjom’s signature composition style.

Artjom Astrov’s eclectic composition style incorporates both produced and found sound, digital processing and songwriting. His use of voice (spoken word, rapping) can be characterised by a sense of alienated lyricism. As a sound designer for various contemporary performance productions, Astrov has developed a distinctively minimalistic approach that relies on spatial and conceptual properties of sound.
As Benzokai, rin la and, most recently, simply as Artjom, he has released several EPs for record labels such as Quantum Natives, Baba Vanga, Trash Can Dance and Serious Serious, an imprint he himself initiated. Founded in 2016 and featuring anything from fashion garments to recordings of street music, Serious Serious documents and showcases a variety of artistic practices, contributing to a collective vision of a music underground.

Cover photo by Aziza Harmel
Cover by Artjom Astrov


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