October 14th 2016
StoLyette is a Minneapolis based trio with Ben Clark (Pornonono, Votel, tiny deaths), Mitch Miller (Beasthead, Sun Gods to Gamma Rays) and Minsk-native Irene Ruderman Clark, whose previous background is in live theater. StoLyette began as a project reworking Russian folk songs using only bass and vocals. Following their first live performance, the venue set up a 3 month residency with the duo, and interest and support from producer Ryan Olson (Polica, Marijuana Deathsquads, Lizzo) and producer Ryan Olcott (12 Rods, Mystery Palace, C. Kostra) encouraged the group to start writing original material.
The original compositions expanded to incorporate giga-delay pedals and a pitch shifter to fill out the material by creating dense harmonies, melodies, and beats over the beautifully unique and powerful Russian vocals while still adhering to their original credo of creating all the music with only bass, drums and vocals at the time of performance without further augmentation with previously recorded tracks. In particular, these dynamic soundscapes mixed with an expressive vocal approach presented in Russian provide the listener room to interpret and reconstruct the meaning of each composition to reflect more personally the listener’s own experience and state. Their first record “Lubymaya” produced by Ryan Olcott, was released in 2014 on Totally Gross National Product.