Over the last eighteen years, the post-punk band Twin Peaks (distinct from the American indie rock group and the famous TV show, though they might well trade in the series’ iconic coffee and pie for cherry bliny and compote) has seen a remarkable transformation. Originating from Kotovsk in Russia’s Tambov Oblast, their musical journey started with hardcore punk and grunge. It has since evolved into a sophisticated blend of post-punk and new-wave sounds. The band’s core lineup, consisting of Konstantin Kirpu, Denis Terekhov, Egor Tikhonov, and Dimitry Vasyatkin, has been instrumental in shaping this evolution.
Their music, characterized by a poignant sense of melancholy and nostalgia, resonates with the universal themes of lost love and the fleeting nature of youth. Embodying the introspective and exploratory spirit suggested by their name, Twin Peaks’ latest visual offering for Death Girl invites audiences on a journey through the intricate landscapes of the human psyche.
In her latest cinematic endeavor, director Olga Feona delves into the complexities of nascent love and the introspection of personal ethos, set against the unlikely yet visually arresting backdrop of a renowned tattoo parlor’s basement. Feona’s work is distinguished by the enigmatic performances of two tenebrous women, their movements a haunting ballet under the stark illumination of strobe lights, crafting a visual cascade of light and shadow that perfectly harmonizes with the pulsing of the new wave soundtrack.
The production spanned an ambitious six months, transforming the parlor into a stage of temporal ambiguity with an assemblage of vintage televisions and a constellation of lights. Amidst this carefully curated chaos, the filming coincided with the shoots of the band, adding a layer of surrealism as the days alternated.
Watch the video for “Death Girl” below:
With a discography that includes three albums, ten singles, and three music videos, Twin Peaks has maintained a prominent presence on the airwaves both within Russia and internationally. Drawing heavily from influences KINO, The Cure, The Sisters of Mercy, and Depeche Mode, emotions overcome all language barriers.
The song’s original version was presented in 2015 on Twin Peaks’ second album, Boy and Cloud, but eight years later, the group decided to radically change the sound of the track towards post-punk and synth-pop.
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