Molchat Doma - Monument
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #201 / 760
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Based on 98 ratings
2020 Ratings: #515
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Loud and Quiet
Written and recorded entirely during the pandemic, this album embraces its darkness, but doesn’t wallow in hopelessness. Instead, the music listens like an apocalyptic dance party, fusing post-punk, new wave and synth-pop to create a moody but compulsively listenable record.

The album's clearest virtue is its precision: nine songs, no filler, no visible weaknesses — Monument is as solid as the monoliths to which it harkens.

Spectrum Culture

On Monument, the group’s third album and first with American label Sacred Bones, the band retains what a Molchat Doma song is while implementing tonally consistent tweaks.

As with the band's other albums, Shkutko's poetic Russian lyrics describe disenchantment and profound emptiness, and the music brilliantly illustrates this despondency in a spirited, even assuring way.
Molchat Doma are having a blast reclaiming their heritage and proving themselves to be a more than an entertaining chip off the old Bloc.
The Belarusian new wave band’s latest album is an austere gothic dream with no interest in pandering to the audience attracted by their improbable TikTok breakthrough.
Never it was so important to judge new Molchat Doma's full-length album based on the context of the situation when it was recorded. The darkness in it comes not from the pandemic, but the complex situation Belarusian people stuck with after the presidential elections held this August. Total censorship, arrests of candidates, unscrupulous falsifications, futile protest attempts, and even more futile factory workers strikes – all of that put the country and its people on the brink of ... read more
Oh boy, it's finally here! The long-awaited third output from Belarusian dark synth powerhouse Molchat Doma!! And... it's good, but not much more than that.

Yeah, this was definitely up there with one of the most hyped albums of 2020 for me. Their last album, Etazhi, is easily one of my favorite albums of the past decade. It has a very dark atmosphere, but with some of the coolest melodies and hooks you'll ever find in a synth album, almost like an Eastern European Joy Division. But this this ... read more
It's a bit more vocal than the last record, plus it has a lower fidelity. Also, the tempos are a bit slower. Not as great but they're pretty similar.
Pioneering Russian coldwave, Molchat Doma have carved out a formidable place for themselves as a foreign-speaking band hitting relative mainstream. Coupled with their dark, brutalist cover art, their eerie post-punk tracks serve as dystopian, but strangely gorgeous, soundscapes with apocalyptic weight behind them. On Monument, the band leans into a more synth-dominated direction, with almost disco rhythms that overbear what would otherwise be another fantastic addition to such a niche but ... read more
Through a variety of muted sounds, Molchat Doma achieves retrowave and nostalgia as much as possible.
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Track List

  1. Утонуть / Utonut'
  2. Обречен / Obrechen
  3. Дискотека / Discoteque
  4. Не Смешно / Ne Smeshno
  5. Ответа Нет / Otveta Net
  6. Звезды / Zvezdy
  7. Удалил Твой Номер / Udalil Tvoy Nomer
  8. Ленинградский Блюз / Leningradskiy Blues
  9. Любить и Выполнять / Lubit' I Vypolnyat'
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Added on: September 15, 2020