MOAN is a new project which began in Moscow in 2014. The ideologist, voice and producer behind it is Olga Lyalina. Influenced by Lamb, Róisín Murphy, Röyksopp, Tori Amos and Maya Jane Coles, MOAN draws inspiration from electronic culture as well as UK bass and garage. Olga’s debut single went on to be remixed from Cream Soda, a DJ that has been recognised by the likes of Jimmy Edgar, XXXY, Bondax, DJ Caspa and many others. In 2015 MOAN began collaborating with drum and bass rooted producer Nuage. Real name Dmitry Kuzmin, Nuage has been recognized by XLR8R, Indie Shuffle, Drum and Bass Arena, Earmilk, Fact Magazine and more. Nuage is renowned for his emotionally charged and highly elevating music. Atop of having his praises sung by worldwide tastemakers, Nuage has also been supported by the likes of Phaeleh, Blu Mar Ten, Om Unit, Ivy Lab, DJ Flight, Anjunadeep.
Together, MOAN and Nuage make for an entirely enviable collaboration.
MOAN characterizes her sound as something intimate and something overtly human. She uses her music to express true feelings. From pleasure to pain, joy to madness, her tracks have an incomparable feeling of reality. Balancing on the edge of pop and underground garage, MOAN has a penchant for minimalism and is utterly devoted to putting every part of herself into her productions. Moan aims for lightness, sound transparency and ease of reference, showing remarkable ability of working in different stylistic situations.
Aside from her abundant sound inspirations, Olga sees influence in the work of groundbreaking designers such Alexander Wang and Maison Margiela. Both musically and aesthetically, MOAN creates a visual force of female empowerment. The glamorous explosion of hooks and looks is a force to reckoned with.
Olga cannot be described as anything other than a powerhouse and uses MOAN to prove that house music’s fire will never go out. Alison of Goldfrapp: "Like vocals drift atop Always Love’s rhythmic masterpieces and hypnotic bass notes, tethered together with seductive tones; a communiqué to the most diverse dance floors."