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Glintshake: avant-garde Muscovite post-pop for the masses

Inspired by the Russian Futurists, Glintshake are on a mission to take pop music the the next level

31 October 2017

Moscow-based band Glintshake, also knows by their Cyrillic abbreviation ГШ, are on a mission to reform contemporary pop music. On their latest album, Oeshch Magziu, duo Kate Nv and Jenya Gorbunov paint a bold soundscape of frenetic guitars, sharp beats and cut-up Russian lyrics. The techniques they use are inspired by Futurists and other artists of the Russian avant-garde — the tools might be a century old but have a visceral impact in the commercialised world of pop. Glintshake know what they stand for: their manifesto, which comes with the album, is full of uncompromising and incredibly timely arguments about new creative freedom and reformed national identity. “It’s time to make Malevich’s Black Square the official Russian flag,” they proclaim. It’s definitely about time.

Text: Anastasiia Fedorova

Image: Jenia Filatova