Really intriguing record from Mzylkypop here. Kiedy Wilki Zawyja? / When Will The Wolves Howl? is a fabulously varied set yoked together by the same spirit of invention and DIY nature that has driven everyone from Public Image Ltd. to Ghost Box Records. Goblin-style library funk, folksy reveries ala Richard Dawson, Belle And Sebastian ballads and obtuse industrialism are just a few of the styles to be found across this hugely impressive album.
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I find the concept of our political future deeply distressing. So when I heard the words intoned on the first track on Mzylkypop's 2018 record "it is the year 2030, one year ago a coalition of far-right parties were elected", I felt the need to head for the hills. I'm glad I didn't, because this album is an absolute banger and one that everyone should hear.
As you might imagine from an album that's concerned with dystopia and its architects, the tone is somewhat combative. 'She Turns To Dust' opens with an air raid siren and on 'Narky Monkey' vocalist Sylwia Anna Drwal growls "we will resist". To bring this album into some sort of context, I'm reminded of Pulp at their most evil and Scott Walker's more accessible later work. I suppose all these artists share a completely uncompromising nature, always ready to pull the rug from under your feet if you get too comfortable.
The whole album has the air of some demented cabaret show with funeral dirges, demented wails, evil ska grooves, and even an insane panpipe solo. This sounds like the music of the future. And if that's the case, then perhaps it won't be so bad after all...
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