Shortparis have unveiled the video to their intense, powerful single 'Стыд'. You can watch it on Gigwise below.
The video is released nearly a year to the day their debut album Пасха came out; an album of which Gigwise's Steven Kline said: “It resembles a band trying to smash five decades of music with an electrified cricket bat. Rave, Radiohead, Depeche Mode, darktronica, Balkan folk, eastern psychedelia, Muse and rock ragas, all set about mercilessly by singer Nikolay while apparently in a fit of raging tears,” which is a lot of fun to listen to.
This new visual release keeps on in a similarly indefatigable direction. It’s a moody scene, predominantly: a pitch black background - apt for the dead pan stare of the band and jerky Ian Curtis-esque dance moves of the falsetto singer starts things. Then, as the propulsive drum groove – which does a fantastic job of sounding dark and industrial but also have that Stone Roses-y sway to it – gathers pace; and the multi-effected guitar parts and samples which augment the piece flourish: things get more lavish and extroverted movements appear.
It's a truly staggering piece of work with high standards of inventiveness and integrity in not being a pastiche.
Although the band already have an album out they've not really made moves in the UK yet but things are changing: after their impressive performance at MENT Mary Anne Hobbs premiered their track on 6Music. And John Robb from Louder Than War, and The Quietus wrote gushing reviews of the set. Could be a big year for Shortparis, this.
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