Exposé Online banner

Lebowski — Cinematic
(Zeelandia CD001, 2010, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2013-07-02

Cinematic Cover artWhenever I see the name Lebowski I immediately think of Jeff Bridges, “The Dude.” But in this case Lebowski is a Polish progressive rock band. But there is a movie tie-in here as their debut release, Cinematic, subtitled “Music to a Non-Existent Movie,” is dedicated to five Polish movie celebrities: Tadeusz Łomnicki, Wojciech Jerzy Has, Zbigniew Cybulski, Zdzisław Maklakiewicz, and Leon Niemczyk. Lebowski (Marcin Luczaj on keyboards and synths, Marcin Grzegorczyk on guitars and samplers, Marek Zak on bass, Krzysztof Pakula on drums, and guest Katarzyna Dziubak on vocals and violin) have created a set of 10 instrumentals in the six to seven minute range. It is very easy to imagine each of these tracks as background music. The music does suggest different scenes, be it the Middle East, Italy, or Iceland. And the sparse use of movie sound bites from Gangsterzy i filantropi, Hydrozagadka, Pamietnik znaleziony w Saragossie, Le pacte des loups, and Bariera adds to this ambiance, but since it is all in Polish, I found it difficult to understand the relevance. Cinematic did score big in Poland with several awards: Polish Album of the Year 2010 (Megastacja.Rock listeners), Best Debut Album and Best Album in Poland (3rd Place Pro-Radio Listeners), and Best Polish Debut Album (2nd Place Metal Hammer readers). So, if you prefer your progressive music to be dreamy, pleasant jazz-fusion, or just relaxing, be sure to check out Lebowski.

Filed under: New releases, 2010 releases

Related artist(s): Lebowski

More info
http://www.lebowski.pl/en/

Latest news

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the ago of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ruby - Short-Staffed at the Gene Pool + Altered & Proud – A whole new genre has developed since about 1995, one that consists basically of a soft-voiced female singer and a programmer / keyboardist / arranger. It probably started with Portishead, then grew...  (2001) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues