CHVRN is an electronic producer hailing from Russia. Deriving his name from Charn, the city in C. S Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, his musical endeavours have lead him on a path of discovery to Russia’s witch house scene.
An interesting movement with roots based in occult-themed dark electronica, witch house uses hip-hop drum machines, noise atmospherics, creepy samples, dark synthpop-influenced dense reverb, and heavily altered, distorted, and pitched down vocals to characterize the genre’s sound. Visual elements include triangles, crosses and Unicode symbols used in artist names, and macabre aesthetics such as those from horror films.
CHVRN became interested in music when he acquired his first guitar ten years ago. In 2011 he started the 8bit/chiptune project “Reboot Me” and has since garnered over 6 million Youtube views, shared stages with the likes of Dita Redrum, Gnothi Seauton. He has shared the stage with the likes of IC3PEAK and has collaborated with Polish wave producer MYSTXRIVL. His remixes include tracks for a string of USA, artists including Aesthetic Perfection and GenCAB.
His next conquest is Drowned, a six track EP which is set to drop on August 4th via Playground Records. Described as “a strong atmospheric sound, combined with spatterings of modern hip-hop and EDM rhythms” the EP is inspired by a variety of genres: modern wave, post rock and witch house.
Listen to ‘Secrets’ from the upcoming EP Drowned:
02. Mirror Fields
03. Tell Me
06. Still Yours