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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


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Polish superstar Brodka shares Game Change, the first new music to come from her forthcoming album, BRUT.

The track tackles themes of gender roles in society, a topic that's particularly prevalent in her home-country of Poland at the moment where reproductive rights are being rolled back by lawmakers.

"We all encounter problems when we do not conform to accepted norms," Brodka states. "While making the video for Game Change, I was inspired by the story of the Albanian Sworn Virgins. Women who, by taking a vow of chastity, take on a male role in society while gaining all the privileges associated with being a man. They are treated as men but can keep their feminine names. In the Brutalist city of "Brut" lives a woman who, after the death of her husband, takes over his role. The only attribute left of her femininity is a corset. As she goes about her mundane business, she encounters other male-impersonators trying to find themselves in a clearly defined, systemic male/female reality. They communicate through dance and strange tics, creating a unique gang. Together they watch a film about a hyper-feminized super-woman. Do we really need a dress and all that packaging to be feminine in people's eyes? This story, although abstract, is relevant to the current situation of women in Poland. Sadly, you don't have to be a Sworn Virgin to have your rights decided by men in the 21st century."

Brodka wrote and directed the video for Game Change, choosing The National Museum and Palace of Culture and Science - two of the most iconic buildings in Warsaw - as locations. She was drawn to their rough and monumental architecture, which might appear cold on the surface but is close to her heart.

Game Change is out now! Watch the music video below.


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