As part of MTV's Indie Music Month, we're premiering videos from some of the most exciting artists in the indie music scene. And to cap off the work week, we have for you the hypnotic, lo-fi clip "Stilyagi" from the newly renamed Left Coast sister act, Puro Instinct.
First, some background info: Puro Instinct, formerly known as Pearl Harbor, is the wistful pet project of Piper and Skylar Kaplan, the blondest, most bombshell-est sisters you'll ever meet. Sounding at once like The Beach Boys and Blondie, the girls are yet another example of the burgeoning female-fronted indie scene, led by acts such as Best Coast, Beach House, Warpaint and on and on and on. Think lush, swirling vocals, chillwave rhythm guitar and synths that do the '80s proud.
Now a brief a history lesson. "Stilyagi" (rhymes with "Mr. Miyagi," for you non-Russian speakers familiar with the pre-Jaden Smith 1984 classic "The Karate Kid") was a word used in 1960s Soviet Union to mean, basically, "hipster." It even carried the same negative connotations "hipster" does today: fashion-obsessed, counter culture-y young'uns with no respect for authorit-aye!
And that brings us to the video. "Stilyagi" finds the Kaplan sisters decked out in their finest '80s fashions, while tourmate Ariel Pink, styled in some Flock of Seagulls-era duds, wanders the streets. He's a stilyagi, you see. Plenty of kitschy touches (hello, wind machine!) round out the video's retro feel.
Puro Instinct's full-length release Headbangers In Ecstasy is available now.
+ Watch Puro Instinct's "Stilyagi" video.