ARTUR DYJECINSKI
A Year and a Half of Rain

[Bottle in the Wall, www.arturdyjecinski.com]

  He sings about simple things.  Getting drunk.  "Sitting Drinkin' Blues" - more drinking music I gather.  Some tunes are hopeful, while others have a quirky tinge of the hopeless.  Born in Poland, Artur Dyjecinski was partially raised on the rainy Vancouver Island in Canada.  Though I'm few years his senior, Nanaimo is a town both of us have flowing through our veins.  He was affected by the smell of the pinecones in the backwoods of British Columbia hinterland.  His parent's faded mustard Ford Pinto [are those jewels still around?] was a big inspiration as were Neil Young songs that were blasting from the car's [I'm guessing] 8-track machine.  He's got the voice of a weary world traveler as he sings about the simple yet complex things in life.  Was love ever a simple state of mind or is simplicity just a measure of one's well being?  Can you avert taking those happy pills while your mind is starving for sunshine?  Is it any wonder Nanaimo has been labeled the suicide capital of Canada?  Hopefully, with the release of "A Year and a Half of Rain", labels will change.  Sparse guitar arrangements, complemented with Mark Fletchor's matching percussive backing, Thaddeus Kelly's minimal bass plunders, and Joe Ieach's wondrous colouring on glockenspiel, organ, piano and percussion - the music always hits that dour spot.  Perhaps not letting sunshine in, Dyjecinski allows the listener to drown in his own sorry, to absorb his misery.  Unlike a happy pill, there is no relief in sight.  There are no simple answers, only more questions that he point-blank lays out on the table.  Reach out and grab the mystery, for there's nothing worse in life than worthless procrastination.  That only leads to more hazy states of mind and with Dyjecinski strumming the guitar and howling his pain in your speakers, there's no pill like the present.  

- Tom Sekowski


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+ Francisco Lopez - Live in Auckland
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+ Wooden Wand - James & the Quiet
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