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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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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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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