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Molchat Doma - Monument - Import Colored Vinyl LP Record Limited Edition

Molchat Doma - Monument - Import Colored Vinyl LP Record Limited Edition

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March 22, 2024


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Catalog No.: SBR262LPC6

JAN/ISBN: 843563144268

Number of Discs: 1

Record Size: 12”

Country/Region of Manufacture: Import


Molchat Doma


Belarusian cold wave trio Molchat Doma had a breakthrough year in 2020, as their first two albums were reissued by Sacred Bones and their song Sudno (Boris Ryzhy) became a surprise hit through the power of social media. They were set to make their North American touring debut when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, forcing them to stay in Minsk, their hometown, and finish working on their third album. Just as second album Etazhi was a step up from the bands murky debut S Krysh Nashikh Domov, in terms of both recording fidelity and songwriting, Monument sounds much brighter and more polished, and contains some of their most hook-filled songs to date. Its also more overtly danceable than their earlier records. Etazhi flirted with dark new wave funk and contained a song about dancing to escape ones troubles, and the best tracks on Monument go further in this vein. The album opens with Utonut, a dramatic disco tune that almost sounds like the bands attempt at making Latin freestyle, complete with orchestra stabs, busy drum programming, and glittery yet aching synth melodies. The nearly Hi-NRG Discoteque is about dancing rapturously and not caring about what happens later. After a vibrant instrumental bridge with a trace of vocoder, the track ascends to a higher level during the final chorus. A more spiffed-up version of their 2019 single Zvezdy appears, upgrading from rough, demo-like sound quality to clearer, less reverb-saturated production, and with a more emotive performance by lead vocalist Egor Shkutko. The late-night sophistication of Ne Smeshno (with its bitter, nearly howled chorus) and Leningradskiy Blues (containing the albums most haunting guitar lines) leans a bit closer to David Sylvians group Japan. As with the bands other albums, Shkutkos poetic Russian lyrics describe disenchantment and profound emptiness, and the music brilliantly illustrates this despondency in a spirited, even assuring way. ~ Paul Simpson


4.Ne Smeshno
5.Otveta Net
7.Udalil Tvoy Nomer
8.Leningradskiy Blues
9.Lubit' I Vypolnyat'

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