words by tom johnson
With daring sense of wonder and intrigue, Cats of Transnistria recently announced that their brand new album ‘Opium’ will be released via the ever-fruitful Soliti label in early 2018. “Firstly, it depicts the atmosphere and the impact of the album,” Emilia Hietamäki, says of the double-meaning behind the new record’s title. “One of the ambitions behind our slowly pulsating music is to soothe the nervous system. The second meaning can be found in the repeated themes behind the songs: hedonism, escapism, addiction and losing oneself.”
Unveiled today, new track Candy Man might well be the Helsinki trio’s most powerfully compelling work to-date, a steady but swelling six-and-a-half minute opus that broods and bends and channels a complex darkness in to something wholly captivating.
Based upon the 1931 film ‘Svengali’, the track’s accompanying video, which you can watch below, is equally enthralling; the considered movement, the detailed listlessness of it all, producing something markedly powerful and poignant. The full record is released in February of next year; check out the brand new track and video below right now.