sabato 26 agosto 2017

ORGANEK - "CZARNA MADONNA" (2016)

Tomasz Organek is one of the key figures of the current Polish music scene. After ten years spent in the alternative R&B collective Sofa, he started his own project, simply called Organek.
The debut album, "Głupi" (2014), was a good mix of blues and indie rock, but maybe a little too traditional. Released at the end of 2016, "Czarna Madonna" is way more mature and probably represents the peak of Organek's entire career.

Blues and indie rock are still part of the game, but the songs sound darker and more epic. There's a sense of tension and violence throughout this record, which doesn't prevent it from being catchy. In fact, the album went all the way to no. 3 in Poland, remaining in the chart for months.

In the meantime, Organek has become a sort of guru. He directed the popular Męskie Granie project in both 2016 and 2017, while rock legend Kora, the former singer of Maanam, has portrayed the lead character in "Czarna Madonna"'s videoclip. Even the young star Dawid Podsiadło has expressed his admiration for Organek.
This is one of the few great rock albums released in 2016, and you really shouldn't miss it.



sabato 5 agosto 2017

SBB - "SBB" [aka "WOŁANIE O BRZĘK SZKŁA", "SLOVENIAN GIRLS"] (1978)

Third SBB album on Soviet Sam, and it won't be the last one.

During the Seventies the band had the honour of touring outside of Poland, which was quite rare during the Iron Curtain era. They recorded this album in April 1977 in Prague. It was released one year later exclusively in Czechoslovakia and West Germany. It was sung entirely in Polish, but it probably didn't matter that much, since most of it is instrumental and the band only had a small cult following in those countries.

Like their previous effort, "Ze słowem biegnę do ciebie", this consists of two long pieces, one on each side of the LP. The band seems to be more skilled than ever; the sound is beautiful, harmonic, deeply futuristic, but also able to show off some muscles. A mix of jazz rock, space rock, and occasional ambient parts, which partially predated the electronic world music of the Eighties (just think of the beginning of "Odejście").
All in all, this may be SBB's masterpiece.

Józef Skrzek - keyboards, harmonica, vocals
Apostolis Antymos - guitars, bouzouki
Jerzy Piotrowski - drums, percussion

Composed by Józef Skrzek 
Produced by Hynek Žalčík
Lyrics by Julian Matej

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lunedì 22 maggio 2017

R.I.P. ZBIGNIEW WODECKI, 1950 2017

Zbigniew Wodecki has died today from a stroke.

Soviet Sam posted his legendary debut album back in November 2015: 
http://sovietsam.blogspot.it/2015/11/zbigniew-wodecki-zbigniew-wodecki-album.html

A must if you like baroque pop, folk, bossanova, and soft-rock.



venerdì 19 maggio 2017

MAREK GRECHUTA & ANAWA - "MAREK GRECHUTA & ANAWA" (1970)

Marek Grechuta's debut album with backing band Anawa is one of the most important Polish albums of the Seventies.
Complex and beautiful folk pieces which mix strings in the 18th century style, cabaret-like piano marches, and jazzy double bass lines.
Most of these songs are familiar to the majority of Poles. My favourites are "W dzikie wino zaplątani", "Nie dokazuj", and "Piosenka".

Marek Grechuta – lead vocals
Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz – piano
Tadeusz Kożuch – violin
Zbigniew Wodecki – violin
Anna Wójtowicz – cello
Tadeusz Dziedzic – guitar

Producer: Zofia Gajewska


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lunedì 10 aprile 2017

FISZ EMADE TWORZYWO - "DRONY" (2016)

If you liked Fisz Emade Tworzywo's previous album, "Mamut", you should listen to this one too. The atmospheres are quite similar, with electronic downtempo rhythms, mysterious keyboard sounds, and a melancholic but tense mood throughout the tracklist. "Kręte drogi" is probably the best song they ever made, with those beautiful mystical voices above an impressive foktronica background.

The album debuted at no. 1 on the Polish chart. 

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