20 Nov 2013

A club night with performances, music, paintings, and installations produced in collaborations between creative machines and creative people: Viewpoints AI, a virtual agent performance (by Mikhail Jacob); Machine Libertine, a media poetry performance (Taras Mashtalir, Natalia…

October 2, 2008
Music Incider

“Discrete Encounter’s 2B1 is a ride straight into the future of electronic music, complete with trippy visuals, sonic cross-dressing, and a categorical rebellion from the status quo.”

by Rikki O. for Music Incider Magazine, based in Atlanta
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August 28, 2008
Рецензия на альбом “2B1″ в Коммерсант Weekend, Борис Барабанов

“… Нью-йоркская группа Discrete Encounter — упорная боевая единица, действующая несколько в стороне от нынешней “русской волны” в американской музыке (Gogol Bordello, Регина Спектор, Persephone..s Bees)…” ”

Полная рецензия опубликована 22.08.08. в 32ом номере журнала   Коммерсант Weekend 

July 1, 2008 

2B1 Album on Dekadance Radio Show

The show is hosted by Eric (E.O.) Olsen and is aired every Friday night on KSCU 103.3 FM radio station based in Santa Clara CA. “2B1″ Album was featured on June 27th and here’s what the show host had to say :

“I came across this new release by a band I had never heard of before by happenstance recently. It looked like it might be kool, so I gave it a listen. Again, one of my blind hunches has paid off! Discrete Encounter play a great mix of guitar and synth, kind of like Synthpop with a rock twist. They have a fine, both visually and vocally, singer in Natasha Romanova. She helps add a haunting, ethereal element into the mix. According to their website it appears that DE have been around for a few years, but this is the first release I have ever come across. It appears to be self-released by the band.”

June 27, 2008

2B1 Album Review by ChickenFish

by Grog Mutant

Sometimes you can tell a lot about a band by looking at the CD cover and reading the names of the band members. It isn’t just that the three members look like they are headed to a late 80s retro party, once you read their names you get a real sense of the band. Discrete Encounter features Taras Mashtalir (Music, Guitar, Vocals), Natasha (Lyrics, Vocals) and Stas Mashov (Visual Projection). So, if you haven’t guessed I will tell you yes it is 80s based electronica. The one thing that surprised me was Natasha’s voice, which for quite a while I thought was a guy singing.until a deep male voice joined in on one of my favorite tracks “Let Go”. I really think Natasha sounds a lot like the singer from Space, accent and all. I did like most of their songs even though the first few tracks really never clicked for me. But starting with “Let Go” and running throughout the rest of the tracks I was impressed by the rhythms, beats and vocals. I even liked the over the top rock guitar solos that seemed to come out of nowhere. Discrete Encounter is an interesting band for anybody and a must if you’re into electronica. 
– Grog Mutant (2008)

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June 11, 2008

Interview in Grooveshark Blog

by John Bauer

“Discrete Encounter could best be described as glam rock meets synth-pop – the silvery love-child of Rammstein and Imogen Heap. Founded by Natasha, a classically trained pianist, and an accomplished composer, Taras, Discrete Encounter picked up a live DJ and some killer visuals to create an electro-rock show that is rocketing to the forefront of the genre…”

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April 3, 2008

2B1 Album Review

by Marc Urselli-Schaerer

“Discrete Encounter is a NY based trio (music duo + visual projection person) who play some kick-ass female-fronted aggro-electronica, or whatever else you might want to call a powerful mixture of electronic music with heavy scratching distorted metal guitar riffs: industrial metal? electro metal? It doesn’t matter really, the point is, it is good and it is hard! I’ve always been a fan of bands that mix pounding EBM/industrial rhythms & sequences and mash them up with distorted power chords and screaming guitars. Band leader Taras Mashtalir (who wrote all the material and also occasionally sings in his low growly voice) plays guitar with the impact and sonic assault of, say, Zakk Wylde but makes sure to let the music be beat-driven and electronic to the core. However all this vengeance’s counter-part is the beautiful and soothing voice of Natasha Romanova, whose contribution will make “2B1” interesting and approchable even to fans of synth-pop and some darker music. Definitely right up the alley of fans of bands like Rammstein, Die Krupps, FLA, F242, Killing Joke, Strapping Young Lad, Oomph!, Clawfinger, Skinny Puppy, KMFDM and so on and so forth.

Their newly released CD comes in a beautiful digipack art work and contains eleven tracks.”

Read this article at  Chain D.L.K.

March 1, 2008

Discrete Encounter 2B1 Record Release

by Bruce Tantum (TimeOut NY)

“Discrete Encounter, the electroclashesque collaboration between vocalist Natasha Romanova and Taras Mashtalir, make music that would work well as the soundtrack of a Liquid Sky remake. They will be celebrating the release of the new 2B1 LP. “

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December 27, 2007

Interview in Deathrockstar Magazine

by Eric Wiryanata

“Introduce you Discrete Encounter a threepiece rock electronica bands from New York City, here’s an interview with Taras, Natasha and Stas…”

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December 1, 2007

Discrete Encounter in New York Cool Magazine

by Elias Stimac

“Eye-Catching Band Planning a “Discrete Encounter” with New Yorkers…”

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September, 2006

Discrete Encounter in Rolling Stone, Russia

by Boris Barabanov

«Тарас Машталир и Наташа Романова, несмотря на русские корни, кажутся киберготами из японских комиксов. Тщательно выверенный беспорядок на головах, грим, готический стиль в одежде — даже вне сцены они все равно остаются в образе. Их музыка сочетает в себе страсть, свойственную любому дуэту, где девушка поет, а парень играет на гитаре, и холодную поступь электронного бита. Выступления нью-йоркского дуэта Discrete Encounter выглядят так, словно это родившиеся не в синтетические 80-е, а в эпоху Интернета, iPod’ов и рока с приставкой «ретро». Discrete Encounter увлечены минимал-техно, на концертах их «разогревают» диджейские сеты в стиле электро, а пресса все равно сравнивает их с рок-командами вроде YeahYeahYeahs и The White Stripes.»

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May, 2005

Discrete Encounter

“Discrete Encounter creates crisp, chic electronic music, merging glam rock with electronica in a serious and sexy direction that picks up where electroclash’s ironic 80’s stunts paused the genre a couple of years ago. Discrete Encounter maintains the technoid melodiousness of groups like Lamb and Olive while releasing the sweaty, kinetic, rock n’ roll energy of other rockers like the YeahYeahYeah’s and The White Stripes. Intriguing, subtle, yet entirely accessible, Discrete Encounter sounds like everything the right downtown night is all about.”

Etomie Entertainment, Detroit


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