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  • Release Date

    12 November 2020

  • Length

    9 tracks

Monument (written as Монумент on its cover art) is the third studio album by Belarusian post-punk band Molchat Doma. It was released on 13 November 2020 through Sacred Bones Records, their first release with the label after signing with them in January 2020. It was recorded in their home town of Minsk in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the cancelation of their previously planned 2020 tour. The singles "Не смешно" ("Not Funny"), "Дискотека" ("Discotheque"), and "Ответа нет" ("No Answer") were released in promotion of the album. Monument received positive reviews from critics and entered some US Billboard charts, including Top Album Sales at No. 97 and World Albums at No. 12.

Molchat Doma's second studio album, Этажи (Floors), was released in September 2018. Throughout the next year, the album slowly gained popularity on YouTube through an unofficially uploaded stream of the album, which gained roughly two million listens before being taken down due to a copyright notice, as well as recommandations and playlists on the platform. While touring in 2019, the band performed the then-unrecorded songs "Не смешно" ("Not Funny") and "Ответа нет" ("No Answer"), both of which would later appear on Monument.

The band later signed with American independent record label Sacred Bones Records in January 2020. Around the same time, one of the songs from Этажи, "Судно (Борис Рыжий)" , began gaining popularity on the video sharing platform TikTok as a result of it being used frequently as background music in videos on the platform; this would cause the song to eventually reach No. 2 on the Spotify worldwide Viral 50 chart and No. 1 on the United States Viral 50 chart. Molchat Doma were set to tour North America, alongside American singer-songwriter Chrysta Bell, in 2020, but were forced to postpone their tour dates when the COVID-19 pandemic had severely impacted the continent. While isolating in their home town of Minsk due to the severity of the pandemic, they began recording a new album.

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