MUMIY TROLL are set to release their new single ‘Swimming With Sharks’.
Russia’s most musically influential cult art rockers, Mumiy Troll were the first band to play on MTV Russia, and they introduced the first free album download in Russia. They have played over 1000 shows around the world.
The group was founded in 1983 in Vladivostok by vocalist and songwriter Ilya Lagutenko and also comprises of Eugene “Sdwig” Zvidionny on bass guitar, Oleg Pungin on drums and Yuri Tsaler on guitars, keyboard & saxophone.
‘Swimming With Sharks’ is a strange hybrid. It was written and recorded aboard a sailing ship while the band sailed around the globe. Co-produced by the Circuit Freq team who met MUMIY TROLL while they were anchored in the US – Circuit Freq are the production team behind LINKIN PARK’S soloist side project Dead by Sunrise.
‘Swimming With Sharks’ was then mixed in the UK by none other than Ben Hillier (Depeche Mode , Graham Coxon) – and is the first single to be taken from MUMIY TROLL’S forthcoming and as-yet-untitled English language album
We had an early listen to ‘Swimming With Sharks’ – Here’s what we thought:
An easy-listening swagger of a beat resonates beyond a loopy collection of squirt-filled bleeps before that snotty nonpoisonous “Aye Aye Aye” chorus comes in to upset you.
A flexible rubber-band guitar sound bounces like a clockwork frog straddling an electric tripwire. And, indeed, the whole thing is as nutty, crumbling and dusty as a box of broken biscuits.
It’s as eccentric as The Moomins on acid. And like meeting Salvador Dalí whilst he teeters precariously down the road on his plastic tricycle.
It’s an unnecessarily untidy piece of work – and not for the faint hearted amongst us. It’s best approached as a bit of human-powered fun, fluff and frolic.
– © Neil_Mach September 2013 –