PUSSY RIOT – ” I Can’t Breathe “

Posted: February 19, 2015 in MUSIC
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The video , claustrophobic and haunting described as an “industrial ballad”, in the words of Pussy Riot, inspired by the death of Eric Garner and dedicated to all of those “who can’t breathe”.

On Wednesday, Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina released their first song in English. Titled “I Can’t Breathe”, it shows Nadya and Masha dressed in the blue uniform of Russia’s OMON riot police, lying in a grave. They are slowly buried alive.

they said the song was written after taking part in street protests against Eric Garner’s death at the hands of NYPD officers in Staten Island, New York last July. It was dedicated to Garner and to “all who suffer from state terror – killed, choked, perished because of war and police violence, to political prisoners and those on the streets fighting for change”.

Their own first-hand experience of police brutality in Russia meant “we can’t be silent on this issue,

I Can’t Breathe is also a powerful protest against the political situation in Russia, and President Vladimir Putin’s bloody undercover war in Ukraine. The video echoes the secret night-time burials of hundreds of Russian soldiers who have perished in the conflict. Their families are not told how their loved ones have died or where, Pussy Riot said, adding that such information “is forbidden”. The Kremlin officially denies that its army is fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Nadya and Masha spent 16 months in a Russian jail, following their anti-Putinpunk prayer in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour cathedral. They visited New York in December.

The song was composed and recorded in a New York studio over a single night, as protests gripped cities around the US following a decision not to indict a white New York police officer over the death of Garner, an unarmed black man whom the officer placed in a chokehold.  “The genre of this isn’t like other Pussy Riot songs. It’s an industrial ballad. Dark and urban. The rhythm and beat of the song is a metaphor of the heartbeat, the beat of a heart before it’s about to stop. The absence of our usual aggressive punk vocals in this song is a reaction to this tragedy,

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