Image Snatchers 2

“Vrtnice” (Roses) is a poetic but outspoken take on dismissive attitudes towards artists in contemporary politics and public life in general. It says that artists (“we are the culture squad”) are needed in a society to make everyone feel the life in colours, with a present mind and heart, for “roses” are needed as much as bread.

The technoburlesque show Image Snatchers is a series of constantly changing and evolving episodes, now already in its sixth season. It is a modern take on burlesque, packed with witty feminist-inspired campy and queer humour and often critically commenting on the current socio-political landscapes and events both locally and beyond. The numbers enact actual political figures, like Angela Merkel, Melania Trump, and the local culture minister on one hand, or more general but psychologically detailed roles on the other, such as a chauvinist macho, a slow-walking grandma, or an android with a drinking problem. The music is sometimes used as a ready-made and an important reference to specific past era, scene or its vibe. Lip-syncing makes an appearance too and so do electronic bootleg edits or remix tracks. Popular songs are sung live, sometimes with lyrics changed to various degrees, whereas at other times completely original music is made by the collective. Different languages have so far been used – besides Slovenian and English obviously, we had lyrics sung in Portuguese, French, Chinese, Italian, German, and Serbo-Croatian in one way or another.

Out of the three tracks on the so called mainside part of this EP, two of them are rapped in Slovenian. “Vrtnice” (Roses) is a poetic but outspoken take on dismissive attitudes towards artists in contemporary politics and public life in general. It says that artists (“we are the culture squad”) are needed in a society to make everyone feel the life in colours, with a present mind and heart, for “roses” are needed as much as bread. “Dnevnik” (Daily news) features a bunch of performers-turned-MCs, sarcastically and critically touching upon various aspects of daily life: abortion, immigration, consumerism, capitalism, and mental health among others. In the refrain, it features a French-Portuguese performer in the role of an immigrant trying to sing widely known Slovene nursery rhymes while threatening with stereotypical threats attributed to immigrants: stealing jobs, kidnapping wives, and corrupting children.

Tracklist

Availability

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Credits

Luka Prinčič · music, recording, mix, production
Mad Jakale · vocals on Vrtnice
Anja Golob · lyrics on Vrtnice
Ariela, Cica-san, Dee Dee Void, H.P.D., Matilda Buns, Tristan Bargeld · vocals and lyrics on Dnevnik, back vocals on Vrtnice
Matilda Buns · vocals and lyrics on Plastik Elastik
Igor Vuk · mastering
Stella Ivšek · design
Maruša Hren · USB booklet
Luka Prinčič · executive production

Radio Študent · media support
City Municipality of Ljubljana, Ministry of Culture RS · financial support

Inspired by beats’n’voices by female artists Janelle Monáe, Little Simz, and Donna Summer. Track Vrtnice uses a sample from a recording Want Me by Balanescu Quartet. Printed on NotWeed paper which is made locally from invasive plants to save natural resources and biodiversity – www.trajna.com.

Video

USB booklet

Local data

download FLAC or MP3 pack with bonus tracks and data: kamizdat.si/rls/kam032/