venerdì 17 agosto 2012


Idoli released only two albums, an EP and some singles, but those are enough to make them one of the greatest band from the ex-Yugoslavia music scene.

Guitar player and singer Vlada Divljan was the leader of the project, but keyboardist Srđan Šaper and percussionist Nebojša Krstić were also important in the economy of the band, both writing and singing some songs.

"Odbrana i poslednji dani" is their first full-lenght album, and their second studio work after the "VIS Idoli" EP. Due to his experimental nature and his provocative lyrics, inspired by a Borislav Pekić's novel about the life of a soldier, the record was not as succesful as expected (it sold 90.000 copies, while the previous EP exceeded the 200.000 mark). The band had also some problems with the censors because one of the songs openly referred to marshal Tito, and Divljan was forced to change its title from "Maršal" to "Poslednji dani".

Musically, the album offers a wide spectrum of sounds: an energetic post-punk with big basslines, loud drums patterns (with a martial feeling on some tracks), electronic noises, plastic rhythm guitars, but also atmospheric breaks and occasional acoustic ornaments. 
It's really hard (if not impossible) to find an English-speaking new wave band to compare them (or at least, the sound they created on this album), though their baritonal voices are surely influenced by the British movement.

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