Belgrado: Obraz 12"

La Vida Es Un Mus


Obraz is a deconstruction of reality to its basic forms and most primitive elements. The starting point after maximum destruction. A reconstruction towards a new reality. The world of images and a thousand spectacles, fragmented, dismantled and reassembled. Dynamism, rhythm, energy and movement. Creative sense over technique. Reality is a construction that we ourselves create.

Belgrado delivers a blend of post-punk that takes its influence from many different styles and combines them together into a new form and rhythm. Carefully constructed sound compositions driven by feelingand the senses. Geometrical figures set in motion. Inspired by the mechanical pulse of minimal synth, the hypnotic sounds of dub, the atmosphere of psychedelic and African music, French cold wave and the post-punk classics.

The artwork is a collaboration between Jonathan Sirit, Camila Dunster and Patrycja Proniewska. It includes a 28 pages illustrated booklet.

Our take: Third album from these Spanish punks and it has me going back to check their earlier ones to see if they were always this reggae-influenced? I suppose they've always built their songs around catchy, PiL-esque, dubbed-out bass lines, but for whatever reason (actually, I'm pretty sure it's the frequent delay on the guitar), this sounds a lot more like post-punk meets dub reggae than their previous stuff. It's a subtle shift that works really well for Belgrado for a couple of different reasons. First, I've never been totally keen on Belgrado because I generally like the more pop-influenced end of the post-punk spectrum; however, by incorporating these reggae influences a little more deliberately, it makes me listen in a different way, focusing on atmosphere and the songs' almost imperceptibly gradual evolutions rather than listen for the big pop hook that never comes. Secondly, recovering this dub influence is something that relatively few current post-punk bands are doing, so it gives Belgrado even more of a signature sound than they already had. The sort of aggressively fashionable nature of the band will still be divisive (I can't help but feel uncool when I listen to this record), but if you don't have my weird lack of self-confidence as a hang-up there's a lot to enjoy here.
Tags: 10s melodic post-punk recommended spain