Handy albums from the road

Clarinettist Angel Bat Dawid recorded a moving work of anger and sorrow, very lyrical, informed by spiritual jazz and gospel. On her mobile phone. Cucina Povera used a simple Zoom recorder to loop just her voice, building minimalist, poignant songs. Translation: Aleksandra Szkudłapska I have childhood memories of my Sony dual cassette player/recorder, which I used…

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A Post-war Tryp

“Trypolis” is a story dazzlingly told: with moving lyrics, delivered (i.e. shouted) in Marcin Pryt’s trademark style, musically complex, but coherent and distinctive at the same time. If the idea of concept albums may be kept alive, it’s on records such as this one: thought-out, fine-tuned, with texts that match the music, memorable on both the formal and emotional levels.

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This alpaca is electrified

“Loading 7%” by Delay_ok is micro-music – created at home, using a limited number of instruments. At the same time, though, the macro aspect is there too – the sound is very spatial, full of diverse layers and interlacing ideas. Joanna Duda on “Keen” interweaves various threads, piecing them together into a colourful mosaic, which may seem incongruent at first sight, but thanks to how subtly and craftily subsequent tracks are pieced together, the record sounds coherent and convincing.

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Improvisation is not dead yet

Bloor seem to be consistent to the extreme – playing with verve and freshness, avoiding routine. “Drolleries” show that the point of departure and listening to each other are key, together with a form that is not excessively long, so as not to become tiring. This is a vibrating and resonating album, which combines the anger of punk with a courageous look at jazz, repetitions, raw sound and improvisation.

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The Polish School of Electronics

Two new records by Bartosz Kruczyński: “Selected Media 2014-2018” is a tour-de-force of his composing skills and blending various aesthetics into a coherent and toned down functional music format, which can function autonomously. “Pulses” – made with Sasha Zakrevska – in turn, shows his skills in playing live, improvising and building spacious aesthetics.

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Maurice Louca: I want to approach the feeling of being in a band

„I became bored with the guitar, so I tried to make it sound like something else. Finally, I got something else – I bought a synthesizer, drum machine and after a few years… I came back to the guitar. If I play it now, I like it to have a clean sound, I don’t use a lot of effects because I actually missed the guitar itself, its sound. On Elephantine I play the guitar again. In a way I think that was kind of being inspired by an instrument again.”

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Tuareg disco and electronic cumbia

Columbian Romperayo on “Que Jue?” offers such a colourful, contemporary, and unrestrained interpretation of cumbia, while Hama on “Houmeissa” makes an entirely different story: cosmic, multi-layered music, which builds a bridge between tradition and futurist sounds.

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Drones* or LSD

Calineczka’s recordings are an intriguing phenomenon – worth a listen, both from the standpoint of sound-art and music – that resonates within the space, but also affects the human body.

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The other side of drums

In spite of its near mathematical precision, Sequence is light and spontaneous. The simplicity and self-limitation are captivating, as is the palette of sounds offered by the drums, which Rattle are able to spontaneously and beautifully reveal to us anew.

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