Different types of trance

The albums of Tanz Mein Herz, Natural Information Society and Driftmachine present different perspectives on trance music and minimalism. When the sound motif is looped is when they sound best, functioning outside of time. Translation: Aleksandra Szkudłapska 6 minutes of reading, 210 minutes of listening. That’s how much time you’ll need for the three albums described below. Reading […]

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Scandinavian and Australian Stork

Two brilliant albums by Anthony Pateras and the trio of Christer Bothen–masterful aural composition and alert improvisation – are strong entries in this year’s Bocian Records catalogue. *(that’s ‘bocian’ in Polish) Translation: Aleksandra Szkudłapska Once upon a time, in 2019, when concerts were still a thing, Anthony Pateras visited as many as three Polish festivals […]

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Listening in/to the dark

Although they rely on completely different means of expression, Yvette Janine Jackson’s radio operas and heavy doom metal played by Divide and Dissolve both aptly recount the oppression suffered by minorities in a globalised world. Translation: Aleksandra Szkudłapska After the bizarre and sad 2020, the beginning of Yvette Janine Jackson’s Freedom is perhaps what we […]

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Winning with algorithms

Surrounded by electronic artists with an overdependence on software and new technologies, who fail to produce satisfying results despite the surplus of equipment, wh0wh0 shows the “human” factor to electronics. Translation: Aleksandra Szkudłapska Jacek Prościński’s musical path is winding and strewn with obstacles. Yet this obstacle course only makes the result more attractive for listeners. […]

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30 albums that save 2020

The coronavirus pandemic, music in streaming, locality, Bandcamp Fridays, and 30 albums that made 2020 a little less frustrating. Translation: Aleksandra Szkudłapska 2020 will be remembered as a tough year for music in Poland and globally: cancelled concerts, artists deprived of income possibilities, left in a tough and unclear financial situation. All of a sudden, […]

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The best (Astral Spirits) records of 2020

From collective improvisation, through minimalism, ambient passages, drones and heavy guitars. Here’s my showcase of the most interesting Astral Spirits AD 2020 releases. Translation: Aleksandra Szkudłapska Nathan Cross is a crazy man. He issues tons of interesting music, painting a very broad picture of the contemporary improv scene. All Astral Spirits releases have a characteristic […]

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