It was this word that the readers of Moscow Komsomol were offered to guess in exchange for an opportunity to meet Ilya Lagutenko. As far as we know, no one guessed it. Just as no one guessed the stylistics of the new release. Instead of the party atmosphere of the Brit-pop trends like "Vladivostok 2000" here you could find decadent, often erotic and definitely more mature "serious" songs, with overtones of "Suede" and "Pulp." "You're drowning, you're drowning, but you won't drown..." is the motif from the lulling "Dolphins" track, and though it runs like a blue ribbon through the whole album, strangely it never gets boring or repetitive. Practically all sound here, except Zvidennyi's bass guitar, is English, but that, as Ilya sings, "isn't really that important." What is important is that a naive Russian mummy-man found a wonderful new toy, and now won't be bored for a long time. If he does ever cry from this point on, it would only be for joy.
Ilya Lagutenko's Address to his Listeners:
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Although some may take this as an exaggeration, it always seemed to me that there was something more complex about Mummy Troll and Ilya Lagutenko than what appeared on the surface of his songs. It's...
16 октября 1983
Подробности из жизни:
Although some may take this as an exaggeration, it always seemed to me that there was something more complex about Mummy Troll and Ilya Lagutenko than what appeared on the surface of his songs. It's not that he has a particularly exciting biography, however, nor does the group really stray far beyond the standards of Russian pop. But if you listen closely to the lyrics, you realize there has to be some sort of reason, or at least justification for either their esoteric showiness, or imaginative eccentricity (depending on your point of view). You just don't know where to look for that justification. When I found out that by the time he reached the status he knows today, Lagutenko had already obtained a diploma in African and Eastern Studies from the Far East State Universtiy in Vladivostok, and had lived in China for a while (which I'm sure did wonders to his lexicon and his concept of vocabulary), I was able to place an origin to some of the wildest imagery in his songs. Not that…