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Brazil’s getting heard

In their latest releases, Rakta and Deafkids both redefine their inspirations and approach to broadly understood guitar music. What these two very different records have in common is pushing through the boundaries of their respective genres, resulting in breakthrough, brilliant albums.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Sienkiewicz trilogy: required listening

When Jacek Sienkiewicz reaches for the abstract instead of the 4/4 metre, his music becomes more dense. Individual pieces are intriguingly multi-layered, though still forming a coherent whole. This is a work of inspired precision: despite the many analogies, each record from the newly released trilogy showcases a different aspect of the musician.