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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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.

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Wooley’s five badges of merit

“Columbia Icefield” is a monumental work. From strict composition to improvisation, this is an attentive and witty musical mystery play. Nate Wooley and his quartet have created an absorbing and imposing work of immense proportions.

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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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