giovedì 6 agosto 2020

NIKOLA VRANJKOVIĆ - "VERONAUTIKA" (2017)

After having spent more than twenty years playing guitar in Block Out, one of the most important art rock bands from Serbia, Nikola Vranjković released this double album as a solo artist. 

It took him around fifteen years to ammass all these songs, some of which he had already played live on different occasions
In the end, "Veronautika" resulted in an anthology of fifteen epic songs, with many of them surpassing the 7-minute mark.
It's easy to get lost in this multi-layered sound, created by mixing gothic atmospheres, echoed guitars, wall-of-sound arrangements, and slow, martial rhythms. 
Thanks to some majestic arrangements and Vranjković's suggestive baritone voice, "Veronautika" is as immersive as music can get.

File under: alternative rock, gothic rock, art rock, post-rock.

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domenica 2 agosto 2020

STRING CONNECTION - "WORKOHOLIC" (1982)

Poland has one of the best jazz scenes of the world, maybe the best one excepting the United States.
This is one of my favourite Polish jazz fusion albums, with strong funk rhythms and some beautiful sax and violin melodies.

Every member of String Connection is an important name in the local scene.

Krzesimir Dębski - keyboards, violin
Zbigniew Lewandowski - drums
Andrzej Olejniczak - saxophones
Janusz Skowron - keyboards, trombone
Krzysztof Ścierański - bass guitar

guest players
Mirosław Michalik - guitar (first two tracks)
Zdzisław Śróda - trombone (first track)

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giovedì 18 giugno 2020

BREAKOUT - "BLUES" (1971)

Tadeusz Napela was one of the most important bluesmen to ever originate from Poland and one of the best electric guitarists of his generation.
First he founded Blackout, with Stan Borys on vocals, who were active from 1965 to 1968. After Borys left the band, he became the lead singer and changed the name of the project to Breakout.
This is the second album by Breakout, and probably their most celebrated one. It's one of those rare perfect albums in which you wouldn't change one note: blues rock at its very best, with some hints of jazz here and there.

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lunedì 27 aprile 2020

YONDERBOI - "SHALLOW AND PROFOUND" (2000)

László Fogarasi Jr., better known as Yonderboi, is one of the most important electronic musicians from central Europe. 

In this debut album, Fogarasi is backed by some great jazz and rock musicians, such as keyboardist Balázs Zságer and guitar player Andor Kovács. Most tracks are instrumental, but there are also proper songs, performed by female vocalist Edina Kutzora.

"Shallow And Profound" was voted by now defunct magazine Wan2 as the greatest Hungarian album ever. I don't know if it is the greatest, but it surely ranks among the best ones. 
Particularly recommended if you are into downtempo, trip hop, modern electronic jazz, lounge music, and nocturnal atmospheres.

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venerdì 28 febbraio 2020

PRAŽSKÝ VÝBĚR - "PRAŽSKÝ VÝBĚR" [aka "STRAKA V HRSTI"] (rec. 1982, rel. 1988)

Pražský Výběr (aka Prague Selection) were a Czech rock band founded by singer and keyboard player Michael Kocáb during the late Seventies.
At first, they played mainly instrumental jazz-rock, as did most Czech rock bands of that era, but as the Eighties began they became aware of British post-punk, and incorporated it in their style.
The result was a strange kind of progressive post-punk, full of virtuoso guitar and synthesizer solos. In fact, Pražský Výběr were way ahead of British post-punk in terms of technical ability, and that made their music something exciting and peculiar.

This is their second album. It was recorded in 1982, but released only in 1988, as the authorities did not like their frantic and flippant style. Nonetheless, young Czech people adored them, and their concerts in underground clubs regularly sold out.
"Pražákům je hej" is still a rock anthem as of today, but the whole album is awesome. You will rarely hear anything like this. 

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