Акулы или Паука - Mumiy Troll

from the single Акулы или Паука (2013)

Mumiy Troll is a band originating from Vladivostoc, Russia.  Their on-again/off-again career is the result of frontman Ilya Lagutenko's eclectic career choices, which have included an extended stint in the Soviet Army.

Years later, he lived and worked in London as a translator.  It was here that he sharpened his Brit-Pop craftsmanship working with Chris Bandy, whose production credits include The Rolling Stones, Duran Duran, Tears For Fears, and The Cure.  This British influence intertwines with visceral, Russian grit (and a little glam) making Muimy Troll more accessible (to me) than other Russian groups I stumble across.

I dig this song for it's vibe and groove, the guitar tone, and it's little synth fills. It creates a retro-90's alternative vibe made both exotic and campy by the Russian vocals.  I love hearing Ilya Lagutenko singing "Ay-Yae-Yae-Yae-Yae."  Just what I would sing if I were "Swimming With Sharks" (the English translation of the song title).

Currently released as a single, I look forward towards hearing the upcoming album that I assume is in the works.

Click Here to watch the official music video.

Click Here for an acoustic version, recorded on a rooftop.