Tales of Subliming (2010)
The long-awaited follow up to the runaway success 3 Nights, signals somewhat of a departure from the group's previous albums. In crafting the lyrical themes, Zulya revisits the fairytales of her childhood, creating her most adventurous work to date. She explains, "Subliming has two meanings; turning from a solid into a gas instantaneously - like dry ice, or becoming finer, purer. There’s often a transformation in fairy stories. They are about our journeys to achieve individuality in a symbolic form.
Musically, Zulya’s internationally acclaimed vocals float effortlessly above a daring musical backdrop that features brass arrangements (courtesy of newest band member Eamon McNelis for the most part); Tom Waits inspired tuned and mallet percussion; plus newer sounds courtesy of percussion loops, manipulated piano tones and hurdy-gurdy. The end result sees the group breaking new sonic ground on an album that is nothing short of an artistic triumph.
As with 3 Nights, the new album is a collection of songs written in all three of Zulya's spoken languages (Russian, Tatar, and English) – her ease with English now apparent with seven of the tracks in her adopted tongue.
3 Nights (2007)
ARIA (Australian Record Industry Award) for Best World Music Album 2007. Four months spent in the European World Music Charts.
3 Nights re-affirms Zulya's reputation as one of the most exotic and enthralling performers and songwriters in Australia. With songs sung in three languages - English, Russian, and Zulya's native tongue, Tatar - 3 Nights showcases Zulya and the Children at the Underground at their most magnificent: exquisite musicianship, superb songwriting and intricate arrangements, to say nothing of Zulya's sublime voice.
Most excitingly and for the very first time, after residing fifteen years in Australia, on 3 Nights Zulya sings her own songs in English. For listeners and fans familiar with Zulya's music who until now have enjoyed her songs in Russian and Tatar - the communication of its meaning and emotion going beyond language - this prospect is very exciting.
The Waltz of Emptiness (2004)
Debut recording of Zulya and the Children of the Underground. Australian National Film and Sound Archive Award 2005. Four months spent in the European World Music Charts.
This all-original Russian-language album has been nearly two years in the pipeline. It explores the depths of the Russian soul, inspired by Zulya 's life in that complex and mysterious country. It is an album about home and homelessness; belonging and freedom; difference and indifference; public transport and walking alone.