With four years since his last solo full length, polish electroacoustic producer Jacaszek moves to big boys Ghostly International with Kwiaty. Incredible acoustic sounds sampled, cut and processed to the Nth degree create a collage of space and place. Based around a book of 17th century poems and featuring the vocals of Hania Malarowska from Hanimal. Melancholic joy.
8/10 Jamie Staff review, 15 March 2017
Smoothly polished goods from Polish electroacoustic producer Jacaszek: ‘Kwaity’ is his first new material in three years. It sees him placed gently in a slightly surprising new home, with the big guys of indie and electro at Ghostly International. But what has he been up to in the meantime? Why, ploughing through anthologies of 17th-century poetry, of course. Expect not only pretty music on this record but pretty words too.
And so it is that the vocals -- sung gorgeously by Hania Malarowska, with supporting roles from Joasia Sobowiec-Jamiol and Natalia Grzebala -- reflect and echo the wordsmithery of this guy Robert Herrick. His verses from ‘To Daffodils’ are featured on third track in, ‘Daffodils’ and on the following track -- the slightly more darkly haunting ‘To Violets’ -- on which young virgins are compared favourably to the sticky stuff made by bees. Blooms and maidens are referenced often. The music’s pretty darned sweet, too: those gauzy, fragmented electronics and chimes being reminiscent of one of Tim Hecker’s more brittle, fragile moments. ‘Soft Music’ consists of pieces of vocal dripping warmly down a frozen wall of steadily constructed blocks featuring all manner of tense, tightly-stringed acoustic instruments.
A complex web of sounds to affect your daytime moods and illuminate your darkest, longest nights. May the sun come out when you listen.
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