The song "Gibraltar, Labrador". Meanings and images
The song "Gibraltar, Labrador" by Vyacheslav Butusovbecame known to the general public in 1997. She was part of the soundtrack of the famous film "Brother 2" by Alexei Balabanov. Today it is already listening to the second generation of fans of Russian rock. In a situation where many musical "crafts" are forgotten on the second day after their performance, almost twenty years of life for the song is a very respectable age. "Gibraltar, Labrador" is far from the only masterpiece that has survived to this day from the era of the nineties. This is a kind of particle of that time. The definition of "dashing nineties" stuck to it. Maybe it's a good idea of the state of things. But only those years were not stupid or mediocre.
"Gibraltar, Labrador": what is this song about
The most common mistake in the perception of thisworks is an attempt to understand it from the point of view of elementary common sense. He does not work here. This song at the same time about anything and everything. It has its own internal logic and energy. The best minds tried to analyze "Gibraltar, Labrador". The text was decomposed into components and tried to calculate that it was encrypted. The simple idea that this surreal flow of meanings and images, came to mind is far from everyone. Everything here is related to each other by paradoxical reflections and multidimensional refractions. It is not necessary to understand this, you can just enjoy it. Hit Butusova causes strong emotions. "Gibraltar, Labrador" love or reject, but few people this song leaves indifferent. Even those who proclaim this work dumb nonsense, say it with envy. They perfectly understand who is stupid in this situation, the song or its critic.
"Gibraltar, Labrador", "Nautilus Pompilius". What happened next
This most famous Russian rock bandthe management of Vyacheslav Butusov ceased to exist more than ten years ago. But its glory grows and grows stronger. All who are not indifferent to the poetics and imagery of Russian rock know by heart and "Gibraltar, Labrador", and all the other creative heritage of this team. The leader and founder of "Nautilus Pompilius" continues his solo career today. What he writes today is very talented and interesting in its own way. But, to the deep regret of his fans, for the past decade he has not created anything so far that could stand next to the masterpieces from the early works.
In the cinema
Without the power of Russian rock, it's hard to imaginefilms of the famous director Alexei Balabanov. Sometimes it seems that this music in his films "Brother" and "Brother 2" is even too much. But it is an intonational nerve and allows the author to say much more than can be done with traditional cinematographic means. Absurdist "Gibraltar, Labrador," vivid colors characterize the world in which the action of militants Balabanov. This technique is equally effective in reflecting the realities of such unlike cities, like St. Petersburg and Chicago. The music of Nautilus Pompilius does not lose its expressiveness in Illinois.