Monday, April 23, 2007
Home.Pop.Compilation (PL/..)
The young label Home.Pop.Records released last March their third record, this time, a compilation.

Home.Pop.Compilation is quite unique on its own way. Mainly dedicated to pop music, ambient and minimal electronic sounds, we can find on these 15 tracks some other interesting proposals that fall completely out of this spectrum (bands like Brzask!, AGD and Pustki) and still we feel this as a whole.

According to Tomasz Bien and Tomasz Bednarczyk:
"...Although it showcases many artists representing various music genres, it is a coherent and, for us, a very personal record. We invited our friends to participate: young musicians collaborating with Home.Pop.Records, still searching for their place, people we are very indebted to or artists whose work we find motivating and whose music we like and appreciate....."

Home.Pop.Compilation gathers 15 previously unreleased tracks, combining demo versions with some older material, kept in the closet up to now, and other tracks specially recorded for this occasion.

Among these artists we can find some known to Music@PL.PT: Silver Rocket, Tomasz Bien, Tomasz Bednarczyk (both responsible for Home.Pop.Records) and one of their projects At Home, Old Time Radio, Zerova (one of last year's Music@PL.PT revelation band) and Pustki. The others, come as a good suprise.

The album starts with I, a track by the two Tomasz, Bien and Bednarczyk. Their music walks by large green fields of minimal and ambient music. It seems that we opened that tiny wooden music box, and the ballerina keeps dancing and swirling, again and again, to the fragile electronic music drops of I.

Zosia Esden and Marcin Dymiter bring us Osadzona. Under the name of Esden and Emiter, this duo continues on the same fields of ambient electronic music. The subtle and delicate voice of Zosia, the minimal sound blips and piano notes that go on during these three and a half minutes transform this song in something so fragile, so little and so beautiful.
This track is a preview of their upcoming album.

The third track is courtesy of Julia, a young girl from Sweden. En minut till slut takes us to the sounds of Stina Nordenstam, with cold winter textures being drawn by a delicate and fragile voice.

Silver Rocket came along with Karolina Kozak (of the Polish band Dr. No) and Bogdan Kondracki for this Escape. Different to the tracks presented up to now, this song is closer to what we saw on last year's Silver Rocket album. Yet, more melodic, with Karolina wispering, singing and repeating I wanted to go away so delicately and catchy. Never before five words sounded so well. Special note for the sax and the keyboards that keep company to Karolina so perfectly.

Old Time Radio were one of the bands that recorded a song specially for this compilation. Sparkle is a nice song, but does not bring anything new to what we were expecting from OTR. This could be, quite easily, a b-side to any single out of the 2006 album Downtown.

One of our favourite Polish bands, Zerova, delivers Home on the wall. This track, specially recorded for this compilation, brings us Maja and Pawel on the vocals, singing over delicately built ambient and dreamy textures, where fragile bits drop slowly as an old clock going "tick tack, tick tack....."

Pasmanteria were one of the bands I didn't know anything about. Daniel Witnicki welcomes us with 50 seconds of ambient electronic music and pleasant weird sounds that keep coming out of the speakers. Psi detektywi opened my appetite for this project.

AGD is another project I didn't know. Winda do Suszarni could be the instrumental version of a Tom Waits song. Jazzy with some slightly bizarre tunes (in a good sense), this is the perfect visit card for those that, just like me, do not know this band. This song, on a slightly different version, appeared six years ago on their album Echolokator.

On Pustki's Oranzada, nothing better than their own words. ".....We've always wanted to make a song that would make an ideal soundtrack to a gangster movie. And we associate this atmosphere with the streets of San Francisco. Some guy escapes, he's being chased by a police car, they turn into a side alley and land in the rubbish dump. This is what this song's about..." . The track was recorded back in 2002.

Blus is Brzask!'s share on this album. Completely out of the pop, ambient, minimal electronic music circle, this band delivers a fresh and interesting post-punk proposal. With an interesting vocal contribution, this guitar driven, bass maniac track lands here just as Tim Burton's aliens did on Las Vegas...... quite well.

Polpo Motel's proposal is one the most interesting tracks to come out of this record. Mortal Angel brings the collaboration between Olga Myslowska and Daniel Pigonski (of Elektrolot). Dense and dark ambients accompanied by Olga's remarkable voice, pleasants buzzes and a constant drumming, take us to some of the 70's and 80's pop. Suprising and beautiful.
This song is a preview of their forthcoming debut album.

Tomasz Kowalski drops us Petardy. This young artists, member of At Home, unveils the perfect soundtrack for a fairy tale movie. Sounding so lovely and delicate, as if these sounds were coming out of a little magic music box.

Tomasz Kowalski drops by, once again, now together with Tomasz Bien and their project At Home. Dissolve travels amidst a dense, blurry and endless sound curtain. Guitar chords provide guidance in the middle of these beautiful noises that comfort our mind and ears and keep us hitting the repeat button. Simple........ and amazing.

Patryk T is the artist that follows. One More Night Outside The Home continues the same path At Home did before. A dense and melancholic sound texture, more melodic this time, a guitar that lends some notes to it. Lo-fi and ambient pop at its best.

The compilation ends with the two Tomasz, the Bednarczyk and the Bien, and their loopy exercise track, that welcomes us whenever hitting the Home.Pop.Records homepage.

As a whole, a very interesting proposal. A record worth buying!!!

Next, the track list and the mp3 for the first track, by the two Tomasz.

01. Bien_Bednarczyk - I
02. Esden_Emiter - Osadzona
03. Julia - En minut till slut
04. Silver Rocket - Escape
05. Old Time Radio - Sparkle
06. Zerova - Home on the wall
07. Pasmanteria - Psi detektywi
08. AGD - Winda do suszarni
09. Pustki - Orenzada
10. Brzask! - Blus
11. Polpo Motel - Mortal angel
12. Tomasz Kowalski - Petardy
13. At Home - Dissolve
14. Patryk_T - One more night outside the home
15. Bednarczyk_Bien - II

This album can be bought at Home.Pop.Records online store.

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Sunday, April 22, 2007
The Temple Bell by Old Jerusalem (PT)
Francisco Silva is back with his project Old Jerusalem. This time, on its third release, this singer-songwritter takes us to The Temple Bell, an album released, once again, on the Portuguese independent label Bor Land.

As previously on Twice The Humbling Sun and April, Francisco Silva keeps sailing in a sea of melancholy, spreading the spectrum of folk music, with mellow and beautiful acoustic songs, intimate and emotive lyrics and stories on love and little insignificant things. This might have to do with the fact that some of these songs were supposed to be released on his second album, Twice The Humbling Sun, and that others came to life on 2005 and 2006 when Francisco was promoting that very same album.

On this third chapter, Francisco's lo-paced vocals, the acoustic tunes that drop slowly out of the guitar and the introduction of such instruments as cello and vibraphone, among others, take us from reality, carrying us to a very special place where there's no disturbance but those fine and intimate tunes coming out of your stereo.....

The album, with its 11 songs, starts wonderfully with Her Scarf, the first single out of this The Temple Bell, with Francisco on vocals and Ana Figueiras supporting him with her delicate and sweet vocal contribution. This song somehow gives us a taste of what Old Jerusalem is up to now. Next we head to Dayspring (go to Sleep, Now), definitely a close encounter with Kurt Wagner's music. The song evolves slowly with the percussion and the guitar setting up the pace to Francisco's whispered lyrics.

Ruler Of My Heart is one of the most beautiful songs out of Old Jerusalem's third album. A step ahead of the material Francisco recorded before, this little song becomes a giant close to all the other ten tracks.

Throughout these 39 minutes there is still time for Grasshoppers, Boxes, Lunar Calendar and Time Time Time, another three pearls on an album that, unfortunately, does keep up with what we are shown on the very beginning. After Lunar Calendar, and with the exception of Time Time Time, the songs start sounding more to each other, loosing that feeling of novelty we could find on the first five tracks.

The Temple Bell is one of my favourite albums released in Portugal this 2007. Listen to some mp3s right next, or visit Old Jerusalem's Myspace for some other tracks.

Her Scarf
Dayspring (Go To Sleep, Now) - preview
Ruler of My Heart- preview
Boxes- preview
Summer of Some Odd Year

The album can be bought here.

Find Old Jerusalem live on the

27/04/07 @ Matosinhos, on Fnac Norteshopping
29/04/07 @ Oporto, on Casa da Animacao
11/05/07 @ Portalegre, on the Centro de Artes e Espectaculos

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Thursday, April 19, 2007
Paulo Praca's Disco de Cabeceira (PT)
Sometimes it happens this way.

Unexpectedly, we come across one of those albums that not only suprises you, seduces you, but becomes one of those objects you want to carry with you all day long, keeping it close to yourself. This happened recently with Paulo Praca's debut solo album Disco de Cabeceira.

This release is all about love, emotions and ironic pop stories that sometimes gain courage and become rock hymns.
It is all about 12 songs of pure and beautiful simplicity, melancholic moods, beautiful melodies, catchy refrains and fragile wispered words. This Disco de Cabeceira is just like pop music painted in light blue, side by side with delicate passionate pink backgrounds, surrounded by inspiring green tones.

After being involved in several other projects (Plaza, Turbo Junkie and Grace), the time has come for Paulo Praca to go solo. With lyrics mainly (one of the tracks is signed by Ana Deus) by the poet Walter Hugo Mae, we are taken into his world of pop and melody with such remarkable tracks as Nao Te Quero Faltar, (Diz) A Verdade, A Virgindade Da Patricia, Jack O Estripador, A Forca Da Nossa Voz, Guerra Ao Coracao or A Princesa Que Nao Quis Ser Salva.

For all those that keep saying music sung in Portuguese in not interesting at all, think twice!!!! Listen right next to some previews of Disco de Cabeceira.

Check some more on Paulo Praca on this e-card or at his site.

Disco de Cabeceira can be bought right here.

Nao Te Quero Faltar
As Mocas A Janela
(Diz) A Verdade
A Virgindade Da Patricia
Jack O Estripador

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IndieLisboa: the capital under the sign of independent film
Undoubtedly one of most exhilarating local film events, IndieLisboa is back to celebrate its fourth edition with a programme that includes over 300 titles.

The Austrian experimental music documentary Life in Loops by German-born director Timo Novotny was chosen to open the festival, setting clear from the very start the independent orientation of the showcase, which this year will also feature five European films competing for the Film Grand Prize (€7,500), alongside another wave of European titles spread throughout the festival’s sidebar sections.

Europeans in competition include emerging filmmaking talents who have won acclaim in international festivals, such as Hungarian director Agnes Kocsis, who will present her Cannes 2006 entry Fresh Air; Sweden's Jesper Ganslandt, onhand with his Venice 2006 intimate teenage drama Farval Falkenberg; France's Laurent Achard, winner of the Best Director award at Locarno last year for Demented; Germany's Stefan Krohmer with Summer '04 (Director's Fortnight 2006); and Switzerland's Jeanne Waltz, with the Berlin 2007 entry Pas douce.

The new generation of indie German directors (Christoph Hochhaeusler, Romuald Karmakar, Ulrich Kohler, Aysun Bademsoy, among others) will share the spotlight of the Independent Hero sidebar section with Japanese director Shinji Aoyama, while another section will be dedicated to the seven titles co-financed by Austria's New Crowned Hope Festival, which includes Venice 2006 winner Daratt – Dry Season by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and the unpredictable love story of the Taiwanese/French film I Don't Want To Sleep Alone by Malaysian-born director Tsai Ming-Liang.

On a more commercial register, the Observatory section will screen two Portuguese titles: Floripes by Miguel Goncalves Mendes and Rio Turvo by festival regular Egdar Pera.

IndieLisboa will also organize the second edition of Lisbon Screenings: Portuguese Premieres (April 20 – 22), which aims to present a series of new films from local filmmakers to international sales agents, distributors, festival representatives and critics.

More Portuguese artists will be represented on the Short Film Competition. China, China, by Joao Pedro Rodrigues and Joao Rui Guerra da Mata; A Ilha Da Boa Vida, by Merces Tomaz Gomes; Jantar em Lisboa, by Andre Carrilho; Kitty & Julio, by Claudia Rita Oliveira; Primeiro Voo, by Nuno Bernardo and Sobe, Adensa, Esgarca, Desce, by Ana Eliseu and Mathilde Neves.

Music made in PT will make its premiere as well with Otavio Ribeiro's Nu Bai - O Rap Negro, and Filhos do Tedio, by Rodrigo Fernandes and Rita Alcaire.

For the little ones, on IndieJunior, a Charlie Chaplin's film with Coty Cream in charge of the sountrack, live.

The program can be downloaded from here.

Original article taken from CineEuropa and written by Vitor Pinto. Edited by Music@PL.PT.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Inept Vision by Holdcut (PL)

We've talked about Holdcut recently. It is time to talk about this young man once again.

This April saw Holdcut releasing Inept Vision, the latest album to an existing extense list. 15 tracks of break-beats, hip-hop, downtempo, jazzy textures and ambient moods. Real life soundtracks, fast forward world music zapping and songs dressed in such gigantic proportions.

Inept Vision sees as well a superb list of special guests joining this cause. Edas, Dj. Krime, Dj. Primeminister, Duze Pe, Magdalena Dziegiel and Seledyn enrich this album in such manner. The sound expands itself, crossing new frontiers. The music sounds more organic than before. It smells to curry, to Ali Baba and to the Orient Express.
This is music that tells stories.... about you, about me, about them... music that perspires emotions and takes us to a world of fantasy, where dreams come out of television screenings.

Inept Vision has arrived with its incredible beats and scratches, cut & paste techniques, scents and melodies. Altogether, one of his most accomplished releases so far and a good suprise for this 2007. Our five stars go to the tracks We Were Here (with Magdalena Dziegiel and Duze Pe), Furious Feelings, Abstract Moment, Friendship? (with Magdalena Dziegiel) and Forgot Music (feat. Seledyn).

Check it out temporarily right here. Permanent address should get back to shape quite soon.

Discover right next, the promo video for Inept Vision.

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Sunday, April 15, 2007
Goc and Miles From Reality (PL)
M.oon Label just got a new record out.

Miles From Reality is the release by the 21 years old Olkusz-based Tomek Goc.

Breakbeat, chill-out, house and jazzy flavoured electronic music is the menu offered to us on Goc's recent mini-album.
With almost 30 minutes of music spread on 9 tracks, we step on-board on a journey of relaxed textures and colourful ambients(Inatomiser, Drump, Silent and Stiff Morning), downtempo world spiced tunes (Ada and E-Kasetony), break beats (Pracnipirt) and house-inspired breezes (Tripincarp).

The most accomplished track gives by the name of Miles From Reality. Warm soul vocal samples under an hypnotic downtempo landscape.

Just relax and sit back. You're about to go Miles From Reality....

The album is available, for free download, at M.oon Label.

Listen to the following tracks right here.

Miles From Reality

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Co's King's Meal (PL)
....Jestes glodny?
Need some more fat?!
Starczy dla wszystkich.
Eat it!....

CO, aka Maciek Kujawski, has released recently King's Meal, a 12 track musical experience of rich tapestries and influences.
Electronic and experimental music with spiral cracking noises, robot-like dance music and hip hop, among many other styles, are part of this weird but amazing album.

With guests The Complainer, Deuce and Miss Hawaii, Co delivers an album that may not conquer that many after first time listening, but for sure will do it better after a second or a third time.

Kicking off with the beats of thriller-like Blow, we go past Angel Twins, an hallucinating electro screaming exercise that will drive its way right deep into your mind. Next, it is time for a close encounter with The Complainer and his experimental noise tribute to Hank Williams on the machine driven Hank.

We're driving fast now, going through the likes of the bizarre electro seductive So Slowly, the "poppy" Feel Free featuring Deuce, No More Wool and to Co's vision on Polish Rap, together with Miss Hawaii.

After the golden duo, Golden Blow and Golden King, we get to the industrial tunes of and to the LCD friendly CoilRoLlLlLlL. Repetitive lines, tunes that keep banging and banging on your head. Damn fu**in' good!!!!

King's Meal finishes with Kick & Kill, the perfect dessert for all of you kings out there. Crazy electro beats and arse kickin' vocals, played on fast-forward mode.

King's Meal was released on Mik Musik. Get it right here.

Do not resist!! Offer no resistance!!! Let your body dance to King's Meal.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Pink Punk Freud (PL)
Their backgound goes as far as yass or punk rock. Their music embraces rock, jazz, klezmer, drum'n'bass and downtempo, among many others.

Dressed in improvisation, groove and genius, innovation and ordered chaos, this year Wojtek Mazolewski, on bass, loop and sampler, Kuba Staruszkiewicz, on drums, Tomek Zietek, on trumpet, and Tomek Duda, on sax, delivered us Punk Freud, an album told in 10 chapters where Pink Freud explore their sound further, combining it with new elements, handing us such a fresh sound, so live and so damn appealing. It looks as if these instruments have a life of their own.

Among the wealthy disorder reigning on this record, there is also time for smooth and delicate soundscapes as on Wszystko Plynie, for beautifully driven sax moments as on Sex Przemoc Lek i Niemoc, for trumpet and sax dialogues as shown on Piasek Piasek Kupa Piasku and for chill-out breezes as on Porno Pogoda.

For Pink Freud it all started back in 1998 when four young lads decided to band, but not just a band...... Almost 10 years later we have among us not a promise but a fact. Pink Freud have been taking their sound throughout Europe and their records collecting positive critics everywhere.

On Punk Freud there is still some time for a new revision of Charles Mingus' Canon and other moments of inspiration and dynamism. Dziwny Jest Ten Kraj, Velvet and Police Jazz are a perfect example of that.

After last year's Contemporary Noise Quintet's debut, this year's jazz world kicks out on its best with Pink Freud.

Check their cover for Nirvana's Come As You Are right here, together with Jazz Fajne Jest (together with a remix by Peepol) right next. Listen to some other tracks at their MySpace.

Buy their album and support Pink Freud.

Come As You Are
Jazz Fajne Jest
Jazz Fajny Jest (Peepol rmx feat. Mika Urbaniak)

Check our agenda for Pink Freud live in concert.

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Sunday, April 01, 2007
New Century Classics EP (PL)

Never thought I'd go back again to New Century Classics that early.

Never thought I'd be so suprised, again, in one of their concerts.....

New Century Classics (NCC) played this Sunday at Lubu Dubu, presenting their debut EP. This was the best occasion to see how this band had evolved since last time they played live, about one month ago.

Once the concert finished, I must confess that it looked like one year or more had just flew in front of me. How come NCC changed so much in just one month......

All those interruptions between their songs are gone; they sound more sure of themselves, much more confident.
The sound?.... This one sounds great, powerful, carrying emotions one can only dream of. Their music can, perfectly, drive you to a state of ecstasy. The swirling sounds, the blasting and tempting melodies, those catchy guitar chords and that melancholic crying violin........

There was time to see Anna on the synths, guitar, egg... Dana on the violin (the sound of her violin gives such a touch to their music), guitar and synths, Marek on guitar and synths, Antonello (the only one that stood with the same instrument throughout the whole gig) on percussion and Mateusz on lead guitar and, as it couldn't be any other way, giving a hand on the keyboards. One hour after, I felt as if it was Saturday morning; a beautiful sunny Saturday morning. I was sure I had seen one of the most interesting concerts this year...

Now back to the EP. New Century Classics released this Sunday their debut EP, curiously entitled EP. As we mentioned before, their debut features Sandbox Love, Children Of An Uncertain Future and Radom Acts OF Happiness (these three tracks can be found at their MySpace), plus Drift Motion and A Small Misunderstanding.

I'll start with the last two. Drift Motion is an exercise that starts softly, with delicately played guitar chords. Beautiful long distorced guitar feeds open space to Antonello's bangs and drums, this time more controlled, until we hit the fourth minute and all their energy is released.

A Small Understanding is one of their typical tracks. The music keeps growing and growing and then.... as fireworks colour those dark and solitary nights, as thunders create that mix of fear and astonishment, so does their music create such feelings. It iluminates, astonishes but does not create fear. Indeed it gives space to hope and satisfaction.

The first three tracks, now re-recorded with Antonello's arse kickin' percussion sound better than ever. I've listened to these five tracks several times nd I just can't let go. It's quite difficult to let go. Their music gets deep into your bones. Their music opens its arms and holds you close, not letting you go. Surrender!!!!

Discover New Century Classics, one of our favourite bands for this 2007.

Listen to part of their EP at their MySpace.

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This month on Blitz and Machina (PT/PL)
This April, the monthly magazines Blitz and Machina brings us the following:


This month's cover goes to Da Weasel. An exclusive interview with the band that is about to release Amor, Escarnio e Mal Dizer, their latest album.

There's still time for some discussion on the music industry today. Sales' numbers versus the astonishing increase of concerts and events.

There is still some time to talk with Teresa Salgueiro, of Madredeus, and then, some album reviews. To be found on this number, the new album by Blasted Mechanism, Da Weasel, U-Clic and Blind Zero.


This Polish pop-culture monthly magazine brings us some interviews with the Polish writter Hubert Klimko-Dobrzaniecki, the film director Wojtek Kasperski and the musician Tymon Tymanski.

An article on the Warsaw-based indie pop band Plyny (about to release their debut record this month), on Jerzy Grotowski, Robert Kusmirowski, Krzysztof Scieranski, Mika Urbaniak, Kasia Urbaniak and Urszula Dudziak.
There is still some time for Kazik Staszewski talks on the Polish cinema, and then the album reviews.
Pogodno, with two pages dedicated to them and their newest Opherafolia. Available as well, the reviews for the latest albums by O.S.T.R., Blue Raincoat, Brak, Habakuk and Houdini.

Good reading then.....

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