Thursday, January 08, 2009

#47 Serebro, "Opium"

Задержалась на краю
Но упала прямо в небо
Знаю то, что я тебя люблю...

As a title, "Opium" couldn't be more appropriate for this song--that's what it is for me, a drug. To switch metaphors, listening to "Opium" is like slipping below the surface of the ocean. The electronic backing may include a fairly quick paced beat, but it's as if the energy of a down-tempo song has replaced "Opium"'s soul. If Alice fell down the rabbit hole but all the color and hyperactive craziness had been sapped from Wonderland and replaced by a pervasive sense of loss, melancholy, and addictive longing, the soundtrack to her adventures would be this song. Equally suited for a video of longing glances or dancing, perhaps the most apt video styling of all would be that quick jerky stop-star way of capturing motion, the kind that makes its actors seem half broken doll and half robot.

I mentioned earlier that this list of songs doesn't correspond to the list I would make of the best songs of the year--on that one, "Opium" would be near the top, and it really should be much closer to the top of this list; it's stunning, never failing to rob me of my breath, and shows a complexity and sophistication many other groups could learn from.

Find it on: the Russian group has yet to release an album, despite taking second in the 2007 Eurovision, but you can download "Opium" for free from their official website here


Aaron said...

Give us an album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Where are the previous 46 ?

Poster Girl said...

Aaron, it is taking them forever, isn't it? My guess is that's because the Russian CD market is almost nonexistant, in terms of people paying for actual non-pirated CDs, so there's not much incentive for them to produce anything other than a song that can be a single and therefore provide promotion for them. It's frustrating, though!

Anonymous, you mean #1-46? They're coming--I'm counting down to #1.

Anonymous said...

do you know the name of the model who is paired with Olga Seryabkina?? If you could give me his name I'd really appreciate it!