Singled Out: Gainsay's Hiroshima


Ukrainian based duo Gainsay are releasing their new single "Hiroshima" this Friday (Oct 14) to celebrate we asked both Ivan and Vova to tell us about the track, which will be on their forthcoming "Close" EP. Here is the story:

Ivan: "Hiroshima" was initially a rock-ballad solo record with Russian lyrics from 2012. It is the last song I wrote in Russian so it's all about closure and farewell. I tried to put some David Sylvian influence into the arrangement. One close friend told me that the chord progression in the refrain sounds impossible, but I just hear this way. I recorded this song and kind of forgot about it for a while. But after we started Gainsay, one day Vova sent me his translation of the "Hiroshima" lyrics. That was really a huge surprise, so I reworked the whole arrangement to fit Vova's voice. Now it sounds minimalistic, and more focused. You know… I've fallen in love with this song all over again.

Vova: I had listened to Ivan's version of "Hiroshima" for a while, and I found that it's a perfectly soothing song; almost the lullaby type. I used to listen to a lot of music before I fall asleep, and it often gets to the point when you want to listen to something that doesn't give you a headache but still captivates your thoughts. "Hiroshima" worked that way.

I wanted to keep the speed, the dynamics and emphasize the newly found determination by the character in the choruses, and also give it a little bit more desire to persevere. To summarize I guess there's not a whole lot of observational narrative in this song. Nothing really happens outside of the character himself, but it's important that he finds peace within.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the EP right here!


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