Ukrainian post-punk and darkwave act Gil’otina is a project by Kyievian musician Ivan Kotsiubynsky that made its debut with 2017’s Taiga LP. A bleak synth-driven collection of 8 mesmerizing songs sung in his native tongue, the record was written and recorded completely DIY by Ivan in a village house near Kyiv, while taking its name from the boreal forests at the steppes of Siberia.
Following this release, Ivan soon grew to be well known within the post-punk community in Ukraine, leading to his invitation to supporting marquee acts such as Lebanon Hanover, Boy Harsher, Molchat Doma, and more.
In August of 2018, Ivan embarked on a small Ukrainian-European tour playing in his hometown of Kyiv, as well as Lviv, Warsaw, and Berlin. This culminated with a showcase at the impeccably curated Kalabalik Pa Tyrolen festival in Sweden, where his live performance was well-received by comprised of some of the most enthusiastic fans of gloomy post-punk music worldwide.
The latest release from Gil’otina, Orgán, is an intense progression from Taiga, resulting in a spellbinding synth-driven record full of rich aural textures and complex melodies that elicit a perfect understanding of the kind of song composition and production prevalent during the 80s. Yet, Orgán has a sounds both fresh and new, like the soundtrack for a trek through a snow-covered forest in the dead of night, with analogue pulses fluttering for the warmth necessary to endure the arctic chill.
A standout track on the seven-track record is “Tvari”, whose title translates to “Substances”. In the song, Ivan Kotsiubynsky’s haunting vocals reverberate over a vast bed of dark synths and drum machines that evoke an otherworldly mood.
A culmination of a year’s worth of effort, Orgán is a massive and affecting record that cuts to the very marrow, which is unquestionably what Gil’otina was aiming to achieve.
In August of 2021, Gil’otina is set to perform at Pop-Kultur Berlin and is invited to play at Kalabalik Pa Tyrolen for the second time.