Jul 27

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Aug 28

Crab Invasion: “Dart”

The lovable Lublin-based group Crab Invasion are one of the few Polish acts right now that really measure up to what every noble-minded band should. Things simply happened to work out that way. The evolution of their music over the last several months is a subject for a broader discussion, so I’ll tell it in a nutshell, and try not to sound overly ecstatic: “Dart” is an extract of pretty much everything that Friendly Fires’ Pala amazed us with. The album’s influence is clearly apparent in the chorus, and I don’t doubt that this is the direction modern pop should follow. 

By Kacper Bartosiak

(Originally published in Polish at Porcys.com in May 2013; translated by Krzysztof Pytel)

Jul 28

Albums Recap: January - June 2013


Dear 2013: saying that you’ve been good to us so far wouldn’t even begin to give you justice. We’ve been flying high over the ridiculous number of great songs, EP’s, and albums released in the first half of this year, both internationally and in Poland. However, as much as we’ve tried to cover the best new Polish music as it came out, as well as post semi-regular translations of our blurbs about deserving new songs from abroad, we haven’t kept the blog updated with reviews of awesome new CDs. To make up for it, here’s a list of all 2013 albums and EP’s that we awarded a rating of 7.0 or higher, which, given the rigorousness of our scale, showcases wonderful, exceptional, and in many cases groundbreaking releases (ranked from the lowest- to the highest-rated).

David Bowie
The Next Day
2013, Columbia
Rating: 7.1

"The ability to mix and match tropes from his ostensibly contrasting records makes The Next Day a most adequate telling of the story of Bowie’s career. If history could stop its linear progress and happen all at once, we could hear a hypothetical David Bowie record where “Moonage Daydream” and “Ashes to Ashes” would end up next to each other. The Next Day Would be that album. […] Throughout his career David Bowie had been wearing masks and adopting new identities, but here he finally lets go of that and jettisons his costume. He is now a stately gentleman, at times haunted by memories, perhaps. It is memories indeed that this album is made of.” - Piotr Gołąb

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Jun 11

Die Flöte: “Civil War”

The creative scene currently centered around an apartment in downtown Kraków (Armando Suzette, Rycerzyki, Kaseciarz) has a certain laid-back, almost pastoral element to it. Die Flöte, known until recently for their 90s-referencing, US indie-mimicking sound, certainly subscribe to that vibe. Their latest “Civil War” boasts outstanding songwriting and handsome production, with full attention to detail from house engineer Aleksander Margasinski. Structured around dreamy keyboards and neat guitar riffing, the song brings to mind distant Steely Dan and Sea and Cake influences— two groups that have rarely served as a point of reference for emerging Polish bands. We’re almost positive we’ll eventually look back at “Civil War” as one of the best Polish songs of this decade.   

By Piotr Gołąb

(Originally published in Polish at Porcys.com in May 2013; translated and abridged by Patryk Mrozek)

May 31

Klaves: “Hope It Gets to Love”

While officially debuting with three songs this year, Mikołaj Gramowski is not really a first-time producer; as he recently mentioned in a radio interview, he’s been making music on the side for quite a while now. If I got it right, it had taken him more or less a year to complete “Hope It Gets to Love” since first acquiring his gear. Considering the support (and funding) he’s been getting from his label, too, we may expect interesting things to come from the young Poznań-based artist. “Hope It Gets to Love” successfully puts together a house rhythm with 2-step embellishments, to which the video’s characters dance, spaz out, or simply lie on a floral-pattern background. The production and musicality do appeal, and though the means are similar to those used in “Will You,” the track obviously has more hit potential; thanks to its rich arrangement, it won’t wear out on you fast, either.

By Krzysztof Pytel

(Originally published in Polish at Porcys.com in April 2013, translated by the author)

Watch the song’s video on YouTube

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