Stara Rzeka is Kuba Ziolek of Innercity Ensemble, and Cien Chmury Nad Ukrytym Polem is something of an epic solo album. It was assembled over the course of 3 years, and takes in delicate finger-picked acoustic guitar as well as electric drones and all-consuming rhythmic swirls. CD or double LP on Instant Classic.
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Just as I think about putting the needle on the 'rekkid' a chap comes into buy it. Luckily there’s a spare copy.
This is by the same Polish artist who almost won the coveted Quietus End of Year Best Albums prize coming in at a healthy second place with the 'Zamknely sie oozy ziemi’. I can see immediately why this music would impress those folks, it’s detached, haunting and dreamy folk music that sounds like it was made in some wooded Polish glade in swirling fog. Opener ’01’ slowly unfurled with haunted hand picked guitars and eerie vocals. As it wears on just rustling beneath the surface is Merzbow style guitar chaos but it’s not damaging in any way and just provides that hint of menace. It comes as a great surprise then that ‘My Only Child’ erupts out of a grainy acoustic guitar loop into a kind of electronic kraut jam ending in power noise.
‘Tej Nocy’ is hardcore screaming which settles into eerie forest folk (phrase copyrighted by Laurie Johnson), and it’s this ying and yang between Om/Sunn 0))) style churn and the delicate moss ridden Six Organs of Admittance/Songs of Green Pheasant mountain folk that keeps this record ignited. If Mogwai do quet loud then Stara Rzeka do flutter/churn.
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