After many years of absence, the second album of the band “Smoky Mix” called “In the land of illusions” can finally be listened to again legally and comfortably. And at the same time make sure that 13 years ago in Ukraine, grunge, punk rock and psychedelia were played incredibly cool (and they even used sitar and theremin).
If the debut album “You’re Alive” (2005) was a concert recording, then “In the Land of Illusions” (2008) was born in the studio, but in its own original way. Musicians did not write songs and each instrument separately, as is customary. Instead, they set up four microphones in the studio and played and recorded all the songs over the course of several hours, just like they did in the 60s. Because of that, the sound of the album is completely unpolished, but as honest as possible.
After 14 years, some songs from “In the Land of Illusions” sound particularly relevant (or the perception of the lyrics is influenced by events), so we think that Sasha Chemerov did not just “release” it now. For example, the screaming 30-second manifesto song “Hippie” has the following lines:
“It’s hard to walk with bullets in your heart
I changed my weapon to flowers a long time ago
stop the war”
And this is the verse of the song “Letters”:
“For a long time we were slaves to emotions
Because they didn’t burn bridges
But smart people are on our side
And there are many similar examples on the album – that is why listening to “In the Land of Illusions” gives a special experience: Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Deezer.
It will be recalled that “Dymna Sumysh” suspended its activities in 2012. So far, the band’s last self-titled album was released in 2009. In 2016, it returned with two songs, followed by several concerts and festival performances, and finally ended its history in 2018 due to internal conflicts.
Since then, frontman Sasha Chemerov has continued to develop the group The Gitas, which he assembled after moving to the United States. He also started a solo career last year.
“ХЗВ” and EL Kravchuk will give a joint concert in Kyiv
On September 18, ARSENAL XXII will host a great concert by the Na chasi art agency. Truly cult Ukrainian artists will take the stage – 90s star EL Kravchuk and charismatic freaks “Hammerman Destroys Viruses”.
You can’t call a historic concert – in 2019, EL Kravchuk and “Khamermany” already performed together at a charity event. Then the network joked that the new band should be called “Hamerman and Territory A”. It remains to be wondered what images “ХЗВ” will come up with for the new concert and whether Andriy Kravchuk will support their enthusiasm.
Also at the concert, Super Dj Mavr and Human Margareeta – Kyiv columnist of the electronic music publication Resident Advisor – will perform with sets. Entry is from 18 years old.
The trailer of the feature film “I want to dance with someone” was released
Sony Pictures has released a trailer for the biopic “I Wanna Dance With Someone” about the American singer Whitney Houston. The director of the film was Cassie Lemmons, and the screenwriter was Anthony McCarten, known for the film “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
The main role is played by Naomi Aki (the series “The End of the Damned World”, the film “Star Wars: Skywalker: The Ascension”). The film was produced by Clive Davis, who previously worked with Huston. Stanley Tucci (“The Devil Wears Prada”) plays him in the film. The premiere of the film will take place on December 21.
Whitney Houston is one of the most successful singers in the history of pop music. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, she is the most awarded female artist of all time with six Grammys, 15 Billboard Music Awards, 21 American Music Awards, two Emmy Awards and many more.
The singer died in 2012 — she choked on water in a hotel bathroom. In recent years, Whitney Houston suffered from severe alcohol and drug addiction.