Reducing minimalism

Established Polish musicians keep crossing the boundaries of minimalism and furthering their reductionist effort. Mike Majkowski has made the most ascetic record in his career, Lotto have turned towards electronica, and Dynasonic decided to strip their trance repetitions from almost all ornamentation.

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Third time lucky

Two important jazz bands from Tricity formed by musicians of the young generation have just released their third records. Algorhythm and Quantum Trio have given us bold and conscious albums, which represent genuine milestones in their careers.

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Guitar times five

Music from Tricity is never predictable: times of shortage are followed by sudden abundance. Spring has yielded a crop of records in very different genres. I’ve chosen five guitar-based bands: both heavy and light, song-based and instrumental. Here they are, in non-random order.

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Tremor: festival 2.0

Happening in the middle of the Atlantic, Tremor is a place of searching for identity: of the musicians who play there, local cultures and what a festival can be in a globalised world.

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Drums meet electronica

Three brilliant connections of percussion with electronic sounds. Wojtek Kurek combines the sound of the instrument with electronics and records his best solo performance. Max Jaffe use sensory percussion to create unobvious rhythmic music. Tiger Village sampling percussion in many ways and creates a colorful musical cocktail.

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Amirtha Kidambi: music of reaction

I basically felt that even on a personal level, for myself and my own sanity, on “From Untruth” I needed to express some things very directly. I love abstract and instrumental music and improvising without lyrics, but there’s something about the moment and what is happening that made me want to put out some kind of a reaction.

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Fugues of the year

“Fugues” is a turn towards simplicity and the possibilities it offers as well as a brilliant look at guitar traditions, distilling their essence. Yet this is by no means a minimalist work: the multitude of tracks and arrangement ideas create a densely woven narrative, This is an album you really have to engage in and find time for.

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Playing with Places

MY DISCO have given up on rhythm to enter the sphere of industrial and musique concrète, while Black Bombaim engage in a creative collaboration with electronic artists. Yet what comes to the fore on the two records are the locations where they were created.

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