The second LP by Belarussian trio Molchat Doma, Etazhi, meaning “Floors,” was first released in 2018 on Berlin-based Detriti Records, then reissued and released in North America for the first time in 2019. Throughout the first half of 2020, the album's seventh track, “Судно (БорисРыжий)” (“Bedpan (Boris Ryzhy)”), gained viral popularity as a result of the song being used oen as background music on TikTok, the song has appeared in around 100,000 videos on the platform. The song peaked at number two on the Spotify Global Viral 50 chart and number one on the United States Viral 50 chart in early May.
Molchat Doma (translated as “Houses Are Silent”), founded in 2017 in Minsk, Belarus, stands at the intersection of post-punk, new-wave and synth-pop. Dark yet danceable, and with a heavy dose of goth ethos, their music is reminiscent of the masters that predate them, but make no mistake: Molchat Doma creates a sound and meaning that is immediately recognizable as all their own.
The band is comprised of Egor Shkutko, who sings the Russian lyrics in his deep monotone, Roman Komogortsev on guitar, synths, and drum machine, and Pavel Kozlov on bass and synths.