sobota, 11 lutego 2017

TAYLOR DEUPREE Somi




Repetition as a method, an idiom derived from minimal music has gone through major changes and as it blended together with technology and individual thinking of artists who used it to set up their composition plans and conceive ideas.
This handsomely published album by Mr Deupree poses questions on many issues related to that.
The first feel to it makes you think - it is a continuation of 2014 predecessor "Faint" and "Stil".
Created this time with no-software approach Taylor made a tremendous effort to lay out his intellectual musings into the shape of something multi-dimensional and truly evocative piece of really hard work.
Creating loops "by hand" rather than using  looping devices or vst's he shows wizardry in emerging sounds amplified by small pocket speakers and using tape recorders to build up the atmosphere.
Irregularity together with the subtlety of the creation gives you the chance to experience something intimate yet human touch and feel to it grounds you in this experience.
Together with it comes the booklet of photos that he took -creative process caught in static resonance of visual form.
Remarkable,,,

wtorek, 7 lutego 2017

CATHERINE GRAINDORGE / HUGO RACE Long Distance Operators


Sub Rosa, an editor and publisher of diversity and versatility is exposing Hugo Race and Catherine Graindorge in their new album " Long distance operators"
Hugo has left Australia long time ago, helping Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and then running his own True Spirit and Fatalists project - he is an eponymous symbol of existential, low-tone singer/songwriter tone of guitar sound - bluesy and melancholic, ripped apart and put together with his sombre, sturdy non-virtuoso guitar craft. In his long time career spread over almost 4 decades he had the ability to open himself up to new environments, travelling extensively and finding great musicians to collaborate with. Catherine, from Belgium, is primarily known for her work with Nox, John Parish, Monsoon or Andrea Schroeder. She composes music for film and theatre.
They collide together - Catherine's violin and Hugo's guitar with a bit of electronic sounds and orchestration putting us into recollective, insightful mood. Quite touching actually!

czwartek, 29 grudnia 2016

GHÈDALIA TAZARTÈS / PAWEŁ ROMAŃCZUK / ANDRZEJ ZAŁĘSKI: CARP’S HEAD by Monotype records


The mighty Monotype records straight outta Poland strikes again with this fancy vinyl record plus an added cd with an extra track that is not listed on the vinyl.
Legendary Ghedalia Tazartes with two Polish musicians - Paweł Romańczuk from Małę Instrumenty and Andrzej Załeski, who has been active since the end of 1980's has met in Obuh's Wojcek Czern's Rogalów Analogowy studio to record an acoustic session full of passion and emotional overdrive.
Half -improvised or maybe drawn from an improv session compositions with variety of acoustioc instruments, with solid base of Andrzej's drums and ever-expanding universe of Ghedalia's voice.
He, somehow, is a main protagonist of this ensemble with dramatic, overloaded shriek, burst-out that doesn't seem to stop for a second, delivering stories that only you can recognise in an imaginative way transposing real and unreal on the verge of something unexpected.
There is an interesting feel to this music who was made by experienced set of musicians - you cannot easily classify it as an "experimental ethno" nor anything really. Makes me feel like these guys start from scratch and happen to evolve into something less predictable than most of "experimental" genre does. Way to go!

poniedziałek, 12 grudnia 2016

MazzSacre + / Live in Warzywniak [limited]




Jerzy Mazzoll comes back in big style.
In 1990's he was one of the most prolific musicians of Polish movement called yass, experimenting with diversity of music styles, playing and recording so much that I have lost the count but probably the most important one was Arythmic Perfection, or maybe the most distinct where he was a leader.
This double cd published by irreplaceable Instant Classic label shows a mature musician whose freshness has never lost its edge.
He has got great support in folks associated with legendary John Zorn's Tzadik label and up and coming Innercity Ensemble who is a flagship product of Instant Classic.
As Jurek mentioned in describing his work - the base was the tracks of his main instrument - bass clarinet which made the skeletal foundation of the whole thing.
The whole album - in this case both of them is a highly interesting and dynamic blend of different styles - improvised ethnic jazz, electronic soundscapes, or basically a free form experiment.
Along with Jerzy we have Radek Dziubek on electronics,Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz on double bass, oud and bass guitar, Jacek Stromski on drums and percussives, Piotr Dunajski on trombone and Mariusz Kawalec on alt sax along with Oleg Dziewanowski on drums.
Great comeback to the prisitine form of energy from Mazzoll who is everactive and full of new ideas.

wtorek, 6 grudnia 2016

The International Nothing (..and something) - The Power Of Negative Thinking




Whatever happened to the artists of free improv scene that got afloat in the 2000's? I always ask myself this question. Well, I got an answer in the Monotype release both on cd and vinyl.
Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke are the st up of the The International Nothing duo which is about two clarinets coming into the mutual dialogue. Three albums on Japanese Ftarri label proved there are not many matching elements in the experimental post-improv scene. After meeting Christian Weber and Eric Schaefer on respectively double bass and drums there were no doubt that International Nothing has to mutate into full blown band.
The new extension not only widened and enriched the spectrum of the music but also gave a deep end jump feel to it.
They seem to explore many variants of different modulations, idioms and approaches like polyrhythmia with subtle microtonal touch. Whatever theme goes on you are sure to be nicely surprised how much they can absorb from each other and how much is being released in mutual osmosis. Which leads me to the conclusion that apart from the obvious craft and musicianship there so so much groovy energy to those guys. I will be looking forward to listen to some new stuff they will release...

poniedziałek, 5 grudnia 2016

Bartek Kujawski - Daily Bread

Bartek Kujawski whom we know from MIK.MUSIK strikes again and strikes deeply.
His new album which is released in not that much period break than the previous one delivers short but very thoughtful kick.
Previously active as 8rolek, Bartek was one of the main characters in MIK.MUSIK record label which was both progressive musically and in terms of design - flirting with minimalism and surreal messages - we need to give credit to Wojtek Kucharczyk, tireless mastermind of the whole enterprise who is still doing the thing.
8rolek was classified as cyberfolk once which conveyed a great deal of...nothing specific as the labels usually do. The experimental electronic minimalism derived from post-techno made its way to a completely new romance.
Following the footsteps of the previous album which held a concept within a nicely designed frame.
Starts with a percussive intro together with sounds of farmland critters and then moving on to dramatic passages where old school 1980's synth sounds are elevated to the symphonic momentum where the beats are close to some party hype stuff.
What beats me is that everything here although being so intense 6 tracks is so rich in colour and composition values and awareness of music that I am just eagerly waiting for his new output, thinking, what it will be this time? I bet something even more interesting...


niedziela, 27 listopada 2016

Pieśni z kącika ust by Bordo

Bordo has been around for good couple of years, always on the margin of the independent music in Poland. I guess around 1994/95. Robert and Michał who are both based in Cracow, Poland give a melancholic, bruitistic and quite dark outlet for a piece that has so many diverse links to their interests and how they exemplify in their music
It's experimental, through vocal and the bass it has a reference to dark wave and new wave, Vocal of Robert is a strangely crooner type - gives you an idea how deeply existential they both are.
Bordo also gave me some certain kind of hope towards thinking that the spirit of making music is incessant and restless and will always somehow emerge from the depth of the hiding place in consumerism ridden world, not only as an idiom not to be understood but more of a living idea that has no contradiction - exists as it is.
"Pieśni z kącika ust" gives you quite a profound chance to see the influences traversed into originality and unassuming quality of something that somewhat somehow was gone. But it's not. It's here... still to stay.