Published Aug 20, 2018Balaklava Blues is a spinoff project of avant-folk ensemble Lemon Bucket Orkestrea, featuring Mark and Marichka Marczyk. They debuted the project with "Don't Leave Me" earlier this year, and now Balaklava Blues have shared a new song called "Fire."
The track is based on a traditional Ukrainian folk song about a man wounded by an arrow and left to die alone — a motif the duo compares to the underrepresented realities of war in the news. It sounds far from a traditional folk song, however, incorporating soldiers' marching chants and aggressive EDM sounds.
"'Fire' is a reaction to what's happening in our country right now," the band tell Exclaim! "Fire from all sides — east and west, past and present, surrounding our bodies and consuming our hearts and minds."
The accompanying video, meanwhile, brings together Soviet cartoons and footage from the frontlines in Ukraine. It was edited by Roman Liuby, and you can give it a watch below.