Belgrado’s New Video To “Boixar” Is A Post-Punk Ode To 1920s Film Noir
With the first single of their upcoming album, Belgrado embrace their love for rebellious visuals and cinematographic movements.
Since the band’s inception, Belgrado has experimented with influences from multiple eras. Combining the style of movements like Bauhaus with modern creative trends has allowed the Barcelona-based post-punk quartet to create a slick and alluring aesthetic that does not lack in punk rebellion. With their latest single, “Boixar”, Belgrado have recently presented the first track and video to their upcoming album, Intra Apogeum.
Inspired by percussionist Jonathan Sirit’s love for 1920s and 1930s graphic design, the music video to “Boixar” meticulously encompasses fashion and aesthetic influences from the period. It is a smart black-and-white montage, featuring the band decked out in 1920s-inspired outfits. Lyricist and vocalist Patrycja Proniewska takes on the guise of an art-deco model, with winged eyeliner against a backdrop of geometric patterns. Meanwhile, the rest of the band performs amongst faceless shop dummies, giving the whole setup the look of a strange and intriguing get-together.
With hints of film noir and early experimental cinema, the video is reminiscent of films such as Un Chien Andalou. Directed by Renzo André, it combines the seduction of the interwar era with more left-field, modern art-based imagery. Ultimately, “Boixar” stays true to the spirit of post-punk whilst embracing the band’s love for the arts and similarly rebellious visual and cinematographic movements. It’s a winning contrast and one which works with the video’s simultaneously artsy and surprising imagery.
While Proniewska’s other project, Fatamorgana, is more synth-based and aligns closer with dreampop and synthwave as opposed to the more post-punk orientated work of Belgrado, it is definitely possible to see a few influences shared between the projects in “Boixar”. This might suggest that Belgrado are going to take a more gothic approach or incorporate mellower works into their catalog with the new record.
Intra Apogeum is the first album Belgrado has released in 7 years and their fourth altogether. It will be released on British label La Vida Es Un Mus this April accompanied by a tour across Europe and Latin America. One of their most recent performances included an enigmatic appearance at this year’s edition of Grauzone Festival in The Hague, Netherlands.
Belgrado’s fourthcoming album Intra Apogeum will be out on April 28, 2023 and can be pre-ordered here.
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