Minimal Wave Review

Elisa Waut – Russia

Originally released in 1982 on a self-released single-sided cassette album this track is as cold as they come. Elisa Waut was a Belgian band, from Bruges, and was centered around brother and sister Hans and Elsje Helewaut.

Simple Roland CR78 beats tick along under Elsje’s haunting vocals making an early minimal wave masterpiece. Russia was commercially released as an album track in 1985. The complete original album not being issued again until 2019, now serving as a nostalgic reminder of the dark days of the cold war.