POLWECHSEL
Archives of the North

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One of the most fitting descriptions of a live Polwechsel gig was when someone told me, "it's like watching paint dry".  An honest answer perhaps.  In their third line-up since their inception in the early 90's, ultra-minimal Polwechsel is now a quintet.  Gone is guitarist Burkhard Stangl.  Addition of percussionists Burkhard Beins and Martin Bradlmayr makes for an interesting paradigm shift.  There are still plenty of severely austere and quiet moments.  Polwechsel is famous for its long, drawn-out passages.  Whether it's John Butcher's elongated breaths on the tenor or soprano that seem to go on for eternity or Michael Moser's slightly out-of-whack cello parts or perhaps it's Werner Dafeldecker's slowly massaged bass strings - every last inch of their music is carefully thought out and delicately balanced.  Exciting part in their new pieces is the shimmering, purposefully timed percussion tid-bits.  Beins and Brandlmayr trade off on utilizing percussive tools at their disposal and when both are permitted to hit the cymbals or caresses the skins lightly, the place really shakes.  Chamber like quality still persists as does a turtle speed of execution.  Once again, emphasis is put on meticulous delivery of each and every sound in the room, rather than a rush of audio all at once.  Headphone music perhaps, much of the work was put together in the mixing/editing process, which takes nothing away from the power this ensemble commands during a live performance.  Listener can't help but to be drawn into their work simply by the act of the unexpected.  What will come next?  You're bound to hear an explosion or a climax that is nowhere to be heard, but still, you're thrilled by the wait.  Their approach to timbres and complex shifts in microscopic music creation has not changed much since inception of the group.  Whether your bag is watching paint dry or maybe a mixture of musique concrčte, improvisation and carefully composed sounds turns you on, "Archives of the North" has it all.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Brasil - Wander Till Spring
+ Dom - Edge of Time
+ Ribot/Taylor/Campbell/Grimes - Spiritual Unity
+ Ananda Shankar - Ananda Shankar
+ Orkiestra pw. św. Mikołaja i Roman Kumłyk i Czeremosz - Huculskie Muzyki
+ Uusitalo - Tukenkantaja
+ Dawid Szczęsny - Unheard Threats
+ Like A Stuntman - Stan Place
+ Shinto - Sekai
+ Guido Schneider - Focus On
+ Sasse - Made Within The Upper Stairs Of Heaven
+ My Robot Friend - Dial O
+ The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers
+ Savas Pascalidis - Saigon Nightmare
+ On/Off - We Are On
+ OMR - Superheroes Crash
+ Monolake - Plumbicon Versions
+ Jeff Mills & The National Orchestra Of Montpellier - Blue Potential
+ Lofty znalezione w sekendhendach
+ Living Things - Ahead Of The Lions
+ The Liars - Drum's Not Dead
+ Lesbians On Ecstasy - Lesbians On Ecstasy
+ The Lasergun Compilation Vol. II
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ Inch-Time - As The Moon Draws Water
+ The Hacker - A.N.D. N.O.W.
+ Guther - Sundet
+ Renato Figoli - Serotonin Smile
+ Eccentris: Skin Is In
+ The DFA - Remixes
+ Vath & Rother - Springlove
+ DAT Politics - Wow Twist
+ Codec & Flexor - Killermachine
+ Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - Etiquette
+ One Second Bridge - One Second Bridge
+ Blood Music - Sing A Song Fighter!
+ Birdy Nam Nam - Birdy Nam Nam
+ Benni Hemm Hemm - Benni Hemm Hemm
+ Aux 88 - Aux 88
+ Split EP 2

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+ JASPER LEYLAND - Margin
+ WILL HOLSHOUSER TRIO - Singing to a Bee
+ OUTPUTMESSAGE - Nebulae
+ MARCO FERNANDES / HANS FJELLESTAD / HACO / JAKOB RIIS - Haco Hans Jakob Marco
+ SPUNK - En Aldeles Forferdelig Sykdom
+ BRIAN LEBER - Till
+ THE NETHER DAWN - Whiskey Mute-Down
+ RYUICHI SAKAMOTO - Shining Boy & Little Randy / Chasm / Bricolages
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Creative Outlaws:  US Underground 1962 - 1970
+ THEME - Our Angels Dislocated
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - From the Closet to the Charts: Queer Noises 1961 - 1978
+ FUMIO YASUDA - Las Vegas Rhapsody - The Night They Invented Champagne
+ JUANA MOLINA - Son
+ TOMAS PHILIPS / DEAN KING - Á Travers Le Bord
+ SISSY - All Under
+ WIESENDANGER / WEBER / ULRICH - We Concentrate.
+ MORRISSEY - Ringleader of the Tormentors
+ EXPERIMENTAL AUDIO RESEARCH - Worn to a Shadow
+ ADEM - Love and Other Planets / PSAPP - The Only Thing I Ever Wanted
+ JEHRO - Jehro
+ EXTRA GOLDEN - OK-Oyot System
+ GIOVANNI MANCUSO - Alphabet Music / LABORATORIO NOVAMUSICA EXPERIMENTAL UNIT - Compressione Dialettica alla Mente / GIOVANNI MANCUSO - Black Film
+ DAC CROWELL / KURT DOLES - Mercury
+ PETER WRIGHT - Pariahs Sing Om
+ KTU - 8 Armed Monkey / MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO - At the Center / BEANS - Only
+ THE SOUND DIMENSION - Jamaica Soul Shake, Vol. 1
+ INCH-TIME - As The Moon Draws Water
>> POLWECHSEL - Archives of the North
+ TIVOL - Interstellar Overbike
+ LYCIA - The Burning Circle and Then Dust
+ VITOR JOAQUIM - Flow
+ PAULINE OLIVEROS - The Roots of the Momente / Primordial Lift

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Otwarta formuła - Rozmowa z gitarzystą zespołu Plum - Rafałem Piekoszewskim.
+ Pierwotne emocje - Rozmowa z Muńkiem Staszczykiem, wokalistą zespołu T.Love
+ Muzyka dla outsiderów - Rozmowa z wokalistą i gitarzystą zespołu Komety - Lesławem