venerdì 29 luglio 2016

DOLPHIN - "SUSHCHESTVO" (2011)

Original album title: Существо

While "Zvezda" and "Glubina rezkosti" will probably remain Dolphin's two most celebrated works, I think the maturity that is shown on "Sushchestvo" represents the peak of his production.

Always sided by multi-instrumentalist Pavel Dodonov, Dolphin creates a wonderful art-rock album, where hypnotic rhythms, harsh guitar solos, and tragic melodies intertwine each other. 
It's without any doubt one of the best Russian albums of the new century.

P.S. If you speak Russian and you wish to translate some of the lyrics, feel free to contribute by posting in the comments section.

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venerdì 22 luglio 2016

FLAMENGO - "KUŘE V HODINKÁCH" (1972)

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Vladimír Mišík is one of the most important figures of Czech music. After having left Blue Effect, he joined Flamengo, who were formed in 1966 by guitar and bass player Pavel Fořt

Despite having released some singles before, this is their first and only album. By the time of its sessions, rock music was stricktly forbidden in Czechoslovakia, but Flamengo managed to use a professional studio to record these songs, with the help of Josef Kainar, poet and member of the communist party. 
Kainar was by all means involved in the project as he wrote lyrics to seven out of eight songs, as he wrote seven lyrics out of eight. Four songs were composed by Jan Kubik (who played flute, sax, and clarinet), three by Mišík himself, and two collectively. Fořt arranged most of the album.
Mišík is the main vocalist, except on "Stále dál", which is sung by keyboard player Ivan Khunt.

"Kuře v hodinkách" (lit. "The Chicken in the Wristwatch") was released in limited edition at the time, as its audacious lyrics didn't get approved by the government. It was finally reissued in 1990, after the end of the Soviet regime.

Flamengo disbanded in 1973, but they played some reunion shows in recent years. Many regard their album as the pinnacle of rock music from Czechoslovakia. It is indeed a progressive rock classic.


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mercoledì 15 giugno 2016

MARIA PESZEK - "KARABIN" (2016)

Maria Peszek is Poland's most controversial artist, hated by many and loved by some.

Produced by a talented multi-instrumentist such as Michał Król, this new album debuted at no. 2 in Poland, staying in the top 10 for a couple of months.
I consider it an art-pop masterpiece, and I love how electronic rhythms are perfectly balanced by guitars and acoustic piano.

Peszek's lyrics are stronger than ever. I want to post some verses from "Modern Holocaust", one of the most shocking tracks of recent years.

A letter, letter, letter in a white envelope,
someone, someone threatens me with death.
You smell of a lesbian, you leftist scum,
dumb bitch, Jewish hooker.

Today, today someone texts me in the internet.
I'll destroy you, fuck you up and flush you in the toilet,
you smell of a lesbian, you leftist scum,
you're stupid, bitch, i'll find you for sure.

[...]

The big furnace of Polish hate burns,
there's nowhere to flee, nowhere to run away.
It's like a gulp of dirty vodka,
Polish modern holocaust.


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martedì 31 maggio 2016

INDEXI - "THE BEST OF" (1971-1980) [Released by Muzički Magazin in 2011]

Indexi was a Bosnian rock band active from the early Sixties. From 1967 to the mid Seventies they were the country's most important band. The huge popularity earned them the nickname "the Yugoslavian Beatles". 

On this anthology you will find all the anthems they released during the Seventies (the only big hit missing, "Predaj se srce", is one of their rare weak songs in my humble opinion, so it's not a big deal).

I will eventually post the legendary 1978 album "Modra rijeka" (this anthology includes only its title track) and another anthology for their Sixties era, but I think this one is the best way to start. 
The Seventies represented their best phase, and most of these songs, which were released only as singles at the time, are really catchy and well crafted.

Among my favourites are the tragic ballads "Bacila je sve niz rijeku" and "Ugasila je plamen", the dreamlike gem "Balada", the electronic "Njene oči, usne, ruke", and the beautiful cavalcade "Svijet u kojem živim"
Styles range from progressive rock to soul, from folk to baroque pop, from garage rock to soft pop.

Indexi changed many members over the years, but three of them have been a constant for decades: Davorin Popović (vocals), Slobodan Kovačević (guitars), and Fadil Redžić (bass guitar).

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mercoledì 18 maggio 2016

VOO VOO - "SNO-POWIĄZAŁKA" (1987)

Despite started out as a band, from the ashes of MWNH, Voo Voo soon became the personal project of Wojciech Waglewski. Today they are still one of the most revered names of the Polish alternative scene, even though they never really reached the mainstream.

This is their second album, their best according to many, and it contains a peculiar mix of post-punk, art-rock, folk, jazz, spoken word, and noir atmospheres.


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