giovedì 17 ottobre 2013


Despite having lasted just one album and a couple of singles, Klaus Mitffoch was probably the most important band ever emerged from Wrocław. After their break-up, Lech Janerka (singer and bass player) started his solo career with this album, which also marked the Nowa Fala movement (I can't find any information about sales, but three songs reached the LP3 top-10 and today it is considered a classic). 

While "Historia Podwodna" is still post-punk, it sounds richer than Klaus Mitffoch's, expecially for the use of an electrified cello, played by Lech's wife Bożena Janerka, and for the peculiar saxophone of Tomasz Pierzchalski
Guitars are also heavily treated and the structure of many songs hides unexpected twists.
If you like adventurous music which doesn't deny infectious tunes, this can be your album.

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mercoledì 16 ottobre 2013

EWA DEMARCZYK - "Ewa Demarczyk śpiewa piosenki Zygmunta Koniecznego" (1967)

This is one of the key-albums in the history of Polish music, in every perspective you want to read it. If you like singer-songwriters this is a must, if you like classical music this is a must, if you like experimentation this is a must, if you like pop music this is still a must (even though this is not a proper pop record, it influenced a lot Polish pop to come).

As shown on the title, the album is entirely composed by Zygmunt Konieczny in its first high-profile work after years spent creating music for theatre. Obviously, it also marks Ewa Demarczyk's full-lenght debut. 
Arranged by Konieczny himself, it was recorded with the help of the Polish Symphony Orchestra, and produced by Antoni Karużas. Lyrics are written by various authors and poets, and are all equally moving and significant. 

The eleven songs featured here probably represent the strongest definition of what Polish people call "poezja śpiewana" (literally "sung poetry"): a musical style where lyrics often have the strongest impact, but arrangements sustain them with accurate mixes of folk, jazz or classical music, or even less usual forms such as bossanova and tango.

A couple of translations I've found on the net:

"Taki pejzaż" (Such a landscape)
Lame dogs adorn the roads
Devil tangles girls' legs
Birds blacken the flowers of trees
The dreams are being trampled by cadavers

Such a landscape
Such a landscape

Rarely will the criminal weep with tears
Blind beggar will find work
Barefoot knight (will find his) laurel

Such a landscape
Such a landscape

Winds sow crippled pines
Useless although genuine

A fool will smooth them into a song
(he will) feed them with dreams
(he will) betray the star
There will be landscape
melodic maudlin

Such a landscape
Such a landscape...

So maybe my dear let's go for a day to Tomaszow
Maybe during the golden dusk the same silence of September still sounds there
In that white house, in that room where someone else's furniture had been put
We ought to finish our old sadly-unfinished conversation
So maybe will we my dearest drop-in to Tomaszów for a day
Maybe during the golden dusk the same silence of September still lasts there

And only from my eyes a salty drop streams to my mouth
Yet there is no reply from you
(and you) just eat green grapes

This white house, this lifeless room
till this day wonders, doesn't understand
The humans put in the furniture and left that place in musing
But after all everything was left there
Even this silence of September lasts
So maybe my dearest let's drop-in for a day to Tomaszów

I still sing you with my sight "Du holde Kunst"
And the heart breaks
And I have to go
So you say me farewell

But your hand doesn't shiver in mine hand
And I went, I left, like dream the conversation broke
I blessed, I sworn, "Du holde Kunst"
So like that?
Without a single word?

So maybe will we my dearest drop-in to Tomaszów for a day
Maybe during the golden dusk the same silence of September still lasts there

And only from my eyes a salty drop streams to my mouth
Yet there is no reply from you
(and you) just eat green grapes

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giovedì 10 ottobre 2013

1984 - "SPECJALNY RODZAJ KONTRASTU" (rec. 1987-88, rel. 2003)

"Specjalny rodzaj kontrastu" was intended to be the debut album of 1984, a cult post-punk band from Rzeszów, lead by singer and multi-instrumentalist Piotr "Mizerny" Liszcz.
Unfortunately, their record label, Razem, was closed soon after the end of the sessions, and the record didn't have any distribution.
In 2003 the album was finally released on Boofish Records, with twelve bonus tracks recorded during some old radiophonic sessions (which I have omitted, because they weren't part of the original album, and they are mainly alternative versions of already known songs).

1984 played a very dark form of post-punk with majestic basslines, echoing metallic drums, sharp effected guitars, and threatrical, grandiose vocal performances. Some of my favourites here are the urgent, epic "Ferma hodowlana", the solemn march "Manitou", and the intimate opening track "Pierwszy śnieg", for voice, piano and sound effects only. 

P.S. "Specjalny rodzaj kontrastu" is also the title for one of their songs, which was released before the album and excluded from it. You can find it here.

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giovedì 3 ottobre 2013


Myslovitz is the most popular rock band to emerge from Poland in the late Nineties. They took the name from the city where they were born, Myslowice, making it the new capital of the local alternative scene.

This is their breakthrough album, the first of their mature phase (their previous works were not bad anyway, just a bit naive).
It reached no. 8 in Poland, staying in the chart for one year. It reached a double platinum status in 2002, but considering that there wasn't any update since then (certifications have been totally reformed in the meanwhile), that the album has re-entered the charts on a pair of occasions (including three weeks in the top-20 in 2009, when a deluxe edition was released), and that today it is regarded as a classic, I think its sales are likely over the 200.000 copies mark, which would make it a diamond disc by nowadays standards.

If "Miłość..." had been produced by an English band, today it would be considered a classic of the late Britpop era, as it contains some amazing songs. "Chłopcy" is introduced by a refined stratification of riffs and guitar effects, "Długość dźwięku samotności" is a touching love song with lounge-pop sounds, "Gdzieś" has some nice rhythm tricks and an explosive chorus, "My" is a softly depressive midtempo pierced by some subtle feedback noises, "Noc" is a celestial crescendo guided by acoustic guitars and percussions. 

P.S. This is strongly recommended to fans of Manic Street Preachers.

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