Born in Lucerne, Switzerland, to Yugoslav immigrants, singer-songwriter, Milutin Krašević, officially took up music at age seven whereby he was made to take up piano lessons. Though he loved the instrument, he didn’t care much for the lessons. And although the experience was short lived (about a year), his taste for music had been triggered, permanently.
Encounters with the music of the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Electric Light Orchestra would ultimately inspire him to pick up his father’s old guitar and learn some chords. It wouldn’t be long before a band would form, and with it, an album.
However, life has a way of catching up, and soon a stable career in linguistics, as well as a family of his own, would ultimately be given priority, and the music was set aside.
“Bones in Butter is, Milutin Krašević, last man standing among a group of fellow musicians who shared a common vision to blend beautiful melodies and harmonies with the darkness and thoughtfulness of the Post-Punk era into a unique style.”
Now, recently retired, Krašević has found himself a new band of noisemakers known as, Bones In Butter. Their debut album, Love Or Fear, was recorded with session musicians from Serbia, Italy and Brazil, and includes: Milutin Krašević (vocals, synthesizers, samples, programming, songwriting), Stefan Aćimović (guitars), Pavle Popov (guitar, e-bow), Damjan Kapor (bass, mixing), Marcelo Effori—a.k.a. Loco Sosa (drums), Miloš Delić (drums), and Larasinger (vocals).
HERE’S WHAT WE DUG MOST…
The album opens with a sparkling synth riff in, The Impostor, instantly reminiscent of quintessential 80’s synth-rock. Contrast abounds as this colorful melody is juxtaposed with a serious theme. It’s a political statement of sorts, and we love how all of the complex tones and writing unite in a simple and enjoyable manner…
“Abominations walk this earth
I’m certain you are one of them…”
The quirky and captivating, Stop Dancing Now!, is a frenetic, genre-busting, doomsday composition that—when considering its name—encourages listeners ironically to do anything of the sort. It’s a wild, electro-punk-alt-club thing, and it’s very cool.
“Stop dancing now!
I think we should quit
We’ve ruined ourselves
We’ve wasted our friends
And, don’t forget, we’ve eaten all the cakes…”
OUR FAVORITE TRACK… A dedication to Krašević’s wife of twenty years, the spacious and lovely, Littlewing, has a bright energy and endearing charm, and doesn’t sound like anything you’ll currently find out there. Best of all, it’s about finding solace in the one you love…
The sky’s still blue
And I don’t know
For how long
Let’s pretend it will
If you don’t mind
I won’t mind…”
Closing the project is, Beyond The Sea, a cover of Charles Trenet’s, La mer. Like each and every one of its predecessors, this is a sprawling and colorful composition which is made whole by Larasinger’s silky-smooth timbre. A song about reuniting with a loved one passed on, it’s a wholesome reminder of a peaceful destiny in a troubled time. It’s also a lovely way to end an album.
Colorfully unique and inventive. An enjoyably ironic twist of melodic freedom and lyrical poignancy. A worthy and willing return to 80’s-influenced sounds and temperament. Bones In Butter’s latest album, Love Or Fear, unites every tool in the chest—from synth loop to vocal distortion to rock-style electric guitar solos—in order to create a purely unclassified sound by conventional standards. Politics, love, apocalypse, the hearafter, all of these have a seat at the table in the mind of ringleader, Milutin Krašević. All in all there’s a cool, nostalgic feel that any 80’s fan could find worthy to explore. Check out Love Or Fear below.
Frank Tovey meets The Cure…
BELOW: Check out our full artist interview with Milutin Krašević of Bones In Butter, listen to Love Or Fear, and connect with his website and social media platforms. Please support Milutin Krašević by visiting him online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing his music. And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!