‘Prazan prostor među nama koji može i da ne postoji’
Can you ever imagine a musical mix of Sonic Youth and Black Sabbath with a hint of grunginess, all sung in the Serbian language? Some would say it’s a bizarre formula. But Repetitor do this: with Boris Vlastelica as vocalist and guitarist, Ana-Marija Cupin on bass and vocal, Milena Milutinović on drums the Belgrade band deliver some thrilling guitar rock.
What I love about music the most is the crossing of genre boundaries, or experiments in the ultimate. And Repetitor does this with a mix of skill and raw, sincere impulse. Emotionally, their rock music is a perfect blend of a powerful sound and existential anger, there to make the biggest mosh on the planet.
Before jumping into their latest album, I listened to the 2016 release, Gde ćeš. I was surprised by the heaviness they delivered, something you wouldn’t expect, especially seeing the “Indie” album art. Some of the music on that album is so instinctive that it makes your body move without you realizing it. The recently released album Prazan prostor među nama koji može i da ne postoji is another surprise and proof of the band’s artistic growth. A dose of uptempo punk drums, deep bass, and garage influences combined in tracks like ‘Džungla’, ‘Gorim’, and ‘Sa izvora’. Last tracks ‘Danima’ and ‘Noćima’ sound surprisingly dreamy and psychedelic, though the lyrics are as dark as ever. ‘Kroz Vetar’ especially had me with the shamanic, almost transcendental sound of a female vocal.
The single ‘Kost i koža’ is powerful and built on a heavy riff. The song’s repetitive, tough motive emphasizes the lyrics: “Every morning I wake up and emerge from struggle,” / “I wake up every morning, I arise from the struggle that battle leads me.” A modern-day mantra for the people of a country still recovering from the consequences of past conflicts. The anger works here as a coping mechanism. However, Repetitor’s signature anger is not obnoxious, meaningless, or energy consuming. It is empowering, it screams for a fight for change, in an aggressive but very smart way. It is a call to look around and think. reminder that other peoples’ worlds are a constant battle, someone else’s reality is about burning and then rising from the ashes. Something to think about, even if your own world is a comfort zone rather than an old battlefield.
Repetitor is dark, but there is beauty and sincerity and hope in that. There is a certain magic in creating something beautiful out of the emotions that are often perceived as negative and destructive. I thought about it while reading Dostoevsky or listening to Thom Yorke whining into the microphone. It flashed through my mind while I was listening to Repetitor. But you should let this music speak for itself. Those 8 songs are yours now.
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