It’s probably November. Review of the group ‘s Riga fashion album True Intentions / Day

Riga fashion will dress you with your eyes… – these words from the group’s early song when its name was still Communist youth, will continue to sound in his head for a long time, hearing the word combination “Riga fashion”. There is nothing more that can be done there. Even earlier, there was a huge magazine from which cuts came out, after which Latvian ladies in the sixties and seventies could sew themselves a fashionable dress to try to fulfill their dream of looking as captivating as the models in the pictures. Such an inscription also adorned the building on Ļeņina Street (before and now – Brīvības Street) between Lāčplēša and Ģertrūdes Streets, where exclusive costumes were made to order, only a long line had to be defended.

Cigarette on stage

Playing history with its quotes for a group Riga fashion has been characteristic since its inception, and their musicians continue on their new album True intentions, sounding referring to Duran Duran and INXS from the eighties, while in the song Dance Alone with a sparkling background vocal choir reminiscent of the sexy hit of the nineties Sweet Harmony (Beloved), whose video was as full of beautiful, naked people as Jimmy Hendrix’s 1968 album Electric Ladyland Cover of the British edition. Because in Puritan America, something like that didn’t go through, and similarly, thirty-four years later, another significant rock record happened – The Strokes debut album Is This It.

Of course, now – in a time of reminiscent restrictions and caution in the USSR – calling something (nedo ‘die’s – human) sexy or beautiful can be condemned, but Riga fashion has always liked to create a kind of hooligan image, albeit with the usual smoking of soloist Kalvis Bormanis on stage, instinctive lust and mention of alcohol, or in every song, but these are just phrases and lyrics in unified, in-depth stories to read as from the book does not, but that was not the purpose either.

The ditches must be bypassed

Riga fashions have always emphasized that they create pop music, not something alternative/ indie a band that several of our bands, who actually produce pop music, are trying to join, watching the current trends in the world. But it is a ditch for the short-sighted, to then continue to drive through it, plowing deeper and deeper. Group Riga fashion does not follow modern trends, but grabs the forgotten value of inexhaustible repositories, thus making their music relevant not for a couple of years, but at least until the trends make it so that for a while to walk side by side. And it will not happen thanks to the musicians themselves, but to the world order, in which everything rotates in a circle, because the globe also rotates and we are just dust on it. For example, in a song Wild horses, fortunately, is not the annoying song “ooo-ō” that is common in modern pop music, but the old-fashioned “u-ū-ū, ū-ū-ū, yea” and also a reminder that history is known to repeat itself.

Pop music is also characterized by the ability of songs to stick, but here, if it is not one of the previously heard who has already managed it – base and base it on the finger pot, where it feels pleasantly warm, but as it stays, it remains tasteless when gives it to the tongue, but immediately wash off with alcohol, as if there someone spat, also does not require. I would rather listen again and again, but finally stick, because that is exactly the real intentions of the group Riga Fashion.

Guest plaade

Kalvis Bormanis, a soloist and author of lyrics breathtaking before each phrase, usually comes to the fore, but he would not be a fighter without a secure back – bassist Andris Apīnis and guitarist Reinis Papulis, drummer Anstrin and Marin Ameriks Stuce, who this time also helped her musical partner from the project Domenique Dumont – Artūrs Liepiņš. Of course, a great role is played by sound engineer Jānis Eglītis and Tālis Timrots, who felt the winds of the eighties, not just heard stories and other imprints.

Introductory songs Don’t make me wait (over and over) at the end of the guitar solo with the first approach in his characteristic manner played by Ainars Virga, and here it is worth reminding the group Riga fashion friendship with another Latvian rock legend – Yuri Kulakov, from whom musicians once bought a synthesizer, but then invited him to come for a concert at the club Depo and themselves participated in Kulakov’s nights. Mikus Solovejs puts jazzy strokes in several songs with a saxophone, a short instrumental piece Pārmiju Street even making your solo onslaught bright. Look good for the second time this year in the recite (the first time was a collective DZ album) Philip Derums from Martha’s bloodbecause of his second group Diffusion is another song of the same name. A few more links – the previous group Riga fashion there was a song on the album Linda Leen, and this time Linda herself participates in a backing vocal song Hostage of the situation, in which the flute involves Sniedze Prauliņa, who has played with Riga fashion, replacing at the keys your cousin Aneti.

With it, the list of guests to be heard is completed, if you do not list several more vocalists in the background and the many dozens of friends of the group who have already mentioned the songs. Look good The clip appears in the frame for such a short moment that it is almost entirely intuitive. An acoustic song adds a fat point to this game with images, words, languages ​​and when the album comes out. Lovembris, and this is not a typo. Total November! The sun is down, but tomorrow it will be up again if everything does not turn upside down at night.

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