6 September 2018
Etazhi is the second studio album by Belarusian post-punk band Molchat Doma, first released on 7 September 2018 through Detriti Records. Following the band's signing with Sacred Bones Records in January 2020, the album was released in North America for the first time on 27 March 2020.
The production of Etazhi has been described as lo-fi but slightly more clean and reminiscent of 80s music than the band's 2017 debut album, С крыш наших домов (From Our Houses' Rooftops). A drum machine, programmed by the band's guitarist and sound engineer Roman Komogortsev, is used throughout in place of a standard acoustic drummer. Maximilian Turp-Balazs of Emerging Europe drew comparisons to New Order's 1983 album Power, Corruption & Lies, especially for the album's opening track, "На дне" ("At the Bottom").
Politics is a major lyrical theme in the album, with songs being written about oppression, life under communism in their home country of Belarus, and government officials sharing similarities with businessmen.
These lyrical themes are hinted at by the album name, referencing the tall Stalinist apartment blocks that still dominate the landscapes of many former Soviet cities, as well as the album cover which depicts the Hotel Panorama in present-day Slovakia, often considered an icon of socialist-realist architecture.
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