Zvuki Mu Russian rock band was founded in Moscow in the early 1980’s. Its lead singer and songwriter Pyotr Mamonov is one of the most creative, revered and eccentric figures of the Russian art scene, whose absurdist lyrics are as playful and disturbing as his vocal style and explosive on-stage presence. The band’s sound combined starkly simple yet textured melodies with synthesizer sounds, quite unlike anything else heard in Russian rock at the time. One of Zvuki Mu’s albums was produced by the famous British musician and producer Brian Eno.
The bands name is best translated as “The Sounds of Mu” (where “mu” has been said to stand for music, Moscow streets, or a cow’s ‘moo’).
The 2013 video for The National’s single ‘Sea of Love’, directed by Sophia Peer, was based on Zvuki Mu’s video for Grubiy Zakat.