Kazaky Keeps the Heels On and the Message Clear(ish)
I get lots of gay-specific press releases (gee, I wonder why?) and some of them are enlightening, some of them are less so. Take, for example, this amazing slaughter of the english language that is an album announcement from the Ukrainian 4-man synth-pop group Kazaky.
Their debut album “The Hills Chronicles” was released in October 2012 and took the positive reaction of the public. The second album “I LIKE IT” recorded in the genre of synth-pop and hip-hop, and it must be even more danceable.
In their defense, English is probably their second (or 3rd) language, and I can get down with that (see my numerous South American exes) and as awkwardly worded as the press release is, it did succeed in having me listen to their song… and here it is below (for better or for worse.)
The “Crazy Law” Kazaky is singing about is Russia’s recent wave of anti-gay legislation that has led to some ddangerous situations for LGBT folks in that part of the world. The incredibly strict anti-gay propaganda law has gotten several US pop stars including Madonna and Lady Gaga in trouble.
I can appreciate a political message, and in times like these, as long as the word is getting out about LGBT issues I’m pretty pleased. HOWEVER, there’s something sloppy about Kazaky’s execution. Their bio says they have a history in choreography and modeling, and that is obviously the case. But sadly, getting a version of Ableton and a 12 key midi controller doesn’t make you a musician anymore than me putting on tiny underwear makes me a model.
Kazaky performed at a recent fashion show – and by performed I think they pressed play and walked to the back of the stage and hit a vogue position. But about 3 mins in they take to the fore-front and open up into some structured dance, similar to a Janet Jackson back up dancer without, yea know, the unbridled talent of Miss Jackson.
Almost everything I’ve read about Kazaky (yes, I know, I saved you the trouble, you’re welcome) makes a point to include the fact that the men wear high-heels for every performance and music video. Which could be a good or bad thing depending on your taste and appreciation for balance.
Well, you judge for yourself (and let us know what you think in the comments!).They have some resemblance of an album, “I LIKE IT,” being released sometime in June. They’ve started a tour as well (including several stops in Russia, so good luck to them on the whole being-gay-in-a-fascist-state) but sadly no dates in our neck of the woods.
Tim is a writer, video game nerd, and music fan. You'll see him at shows, or you wont really see him at all.
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