Zastranienie is a dynamic duo formed by two highly strong individuals - Boško and Ida. The two reside in Belgrade, Serbia and they feel rather frustrated with the environment - which is not refered to their homeland alone, but more in general terms of the world we live in. The concept of Zastranienie is based on the theory of defamiliarization (better known as 'Ostranenie' to which Boško and Ida paraphrased their name), as conceived by Viktor Shklovsky, the Russian essayist.
Formed during summer of 2009, Zastranienie came up with the idea of creating virtually notorious but also a humourous project which will focus on audio-visual misconceptions of who they actually are or might be. Deliberately dismissing any 'cult of personality', they chose the musical concept as their 'political' ideology, a cabaret, preaching art phrases twisted into social issues.
Their debut was the song 'Plesna pokazna vežba' ('Demonstrational Dance Exercise') - based on the avantgarde disco-hit 'Wunderbar', originally released in 1982 by Christiane F - whom both, Boško and Ida admire and were deeply moved by her horrific life story. Zastranienie decided to record it in the wake of a cover-tribute, however, they gave it a life of their own - translating some of the lyrics from the original song but also adding their own lyrical tension, resulting in a club favourite with hilarious spoken introduction by a Serbian popular actress - also one of the duo's heroines - Milena Dravić (originally taken from her obscure 'Aerobika' cassette).
Of some interest to fans is there is an early, original version of the song, without the vocal effects - which is now available for the first time to download from the duo's official blog.
The song circled around and by the end of the summer, Zastranienie released their first proper single - 'Savremena elektropop šema' ('Contemporary Electropop Scheme'), which included a distorted vocal mix of 'Plesna pokazna vežba' plus two new songs - the chaotic 'Kvadrat je u modi' ('Square is in fashion'), an affectionate nod to El Lissitzky, another visual fascination of theirs - and '(Per)verzija' ('(Per)version'), both experiencing success of their own.
This single marks the duo's awareness of the primitive hysteria around them and they decided to create aural assaults in commenting on the society they're in. The lyrics are simple and often considered abstractly arty but between the lines, Zastranienie make rather sharp statements.
In the meantime Walter Freeman provided a provocative video-collage for the duo's next piece - 'Bolest' ('Sickness') - a brutal manifesto, originally intended as a video-single only, but due to further interest, Zastranienie made it available as a separate package one-off single.
Currently, Boško and Ida are working on material for their first LP, while they found time to release another single called 'Uniseks paket' ('Unisex Package') - based on the theory of war between sexes, feminism, sexism and how this reflects on them in the wake of corporational greed and sheer materialism in which the person, an individual as such, perishes without trace. Two songs, actually two variations - 'Poslovan čovek' ('The Businessman') and 'Poslovna žena' ('The Businesswoman'), speak out against massive uniformation of the society into a grey mass of single-mindedness.
After all, Zastranienie's moto is 'Death to primitivism, freedom to the folks'. The duo stricktly refuses collective ideologies and supports freedom of speech, multiculturalism, individualism and creativity. In one word, they consider themselves constructivists :)
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