Their latest single, Wiracje, was released on the 18th. Call The Sun are able to invest in their output a shadowy presence, which raises the bar from, what is at its core, indie-dance to compositions of multi-layering giving their music, with its combinations of electronics and instrumentation, a sound in which the listener can find plenty to investigate and discover emotional pull as the lyric contemplates of memories of special moments, be they good or bad, that add the richness of life’s tapestry.
Taking a zany mincer to dubstep the duo deliver music which is sliced with off-beat trajectories of electronics that encase the voice and resultingly has the captivated listener bouncing around the room in accompaniment.
Taken from their most recent release Diamond (available on bandcamp) – the title track in video format – as envisaged by the visual artist Tusia Dąbrowska.
SPOIWO from Gdansk in Poland is the ambient-drone quartet of Paweł Bereszczyński (Bass), Piotr Gierzyński (Guitar), Simona Jambor (Synth), Krzysztof Sarnek (Drums) and Krzysztof Zaczyński (Synth).
SPOIWO – photo credit Justyna Szadkowska
Drifting through the room like slowly rolling clouds SPOIWO deliver music that wraps the listener in threads of silk as the seemingly infinite layers of texture gently fall to earshot. The gradually evolving compositions, captivate the attention as they, ease their way around the room and like relaxing in an isolation tank time slows to an imperceptible pace.
SPIOWO have enamoured themselves to an expanding global audience with their finely blended orchestrations where synths and instruments seemingly melt one into the other in seamless billowing compositions.
This is not music to take out on a training run, rather to slowly imbibe like a fine Bordeaux, savouring the nuances and evolving richness.
Although having been around for a few years it was only in March they released their début LP Salute Solitude (which is available on bandcamp).
One can only hope it isn’t another half decade for the follow-up album.
Rumbling in Kraków in Poland is the trio of Michał Piech (Drums), Katie Hurdles (Guitar / Vocals / Casio GZ – 5) and Paweł Tasak (Bass / Violin / Pedalboard) who form the suicide-rock band Katie Caulfield.
Thrusting through the room Katie Caulfield deliver uncompromising palls of angst-riven melancholia which reflects on the world around. The excoriating sinews of sound cleave their way into the bloodstream like an injection of an over-dose of heroin, first there is bliss then there is excruciating pain as the trio twist and turn their way through the lymphatic system. The rawness of composition gives the band the ability to pin-point the most exposed nerve.
Katie Caulfield provide the ears with unsympathetic tourniquets, which strangle the listener with their very fractiousness as the trio sword-fight the instrumentation and an out of key vocal emphasises the discordance of a percussion which pummels ever onwards.
Though only a year old Katie Caulfield has been able to establish a live performance circuit and on the 8th released their début LP – Sow Thistles (available on bandcamp), which is well worth grabbing hold of, along with a phone to hand to call an ambulance when it cuts too deeply.
Bongostan from Opole in Poland is the dancehall octet of Kinga Berkowicz, Paweł Kinder, Krzysiek Ogiela, Jacek Halaba, Kamil Majewski, Tomek Bartoszewski, Bartek Drozd and Paweł Mrocheń.
With a flourish of instruments Bongostan bring bright sunshine into the room. Having recently reviewed a number of bands from Poland, this is so far away from the majority of the local sounds that it stands out immediately, add to which the off-beat of reggae as you know always catches my attention, so how could I do anything other than recommend you take a moment out of your day. More than all of that these players know how to work together to deliver sounds which slide into the movement of the audience. Having been through various line-up changes over the past four years whilst honing their focus, which reflect on injustice, they have developed sounds which resonate with those who get to hear them.
Bongostan have a sharp hand on their out-put and deliver music which enables them to run some experimental twists to the genre, though I personally enjoy the more pure delivery. The combinations of electronics and instrumentation work well and offer an interesting variance to the material. Singing predominately in Polish, I would posit this is the main reason they have not had a broader international take-up, which is a great pity and a reflection not on their relevance to the world of music, rather the narrow focus of many who listen to music.