Luna (UA)

Growing up in the Ukraine in the 90s, singer Kristina Bardash—who goes by Luna (“moon,” in Russian) in the pop star world—was fully immersed in the birth of Russian pop music. So it’s only fitting that Bardash, who released her first album last year, is currently heralded as a leading voice of the post-Soviet youth. Bardash has cultivated a unique, sultry, and sophisticated sound, one she describes as “pop with echoes of electronic and rock.” You find yourself entranced by her nostalgically moody synth pop melodies, without even understanding a word of Ukrainian.


The reasons for Luna’s success among Russian-speaking youth, however, lies not only in her timely style and sound, but in history of the region’s pop music. Her songs have the irony, naive sincerity and effortless style last heard and seen in the 90s, from the emerging acts of then-revolutionary post-Soviet pop. I-D 

Luna—her music and her style—has begun to represent a symbol of change in the shifting mainstream, and her rise could not have come at a better time for the Ukrainian music industry. VOGUE

Today’s homegrown talents in Ukraine and Russia are constructing a new empowering message for contemporary pop. Calvert Journal

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