Už Jsme Doma — Nemilovaný Svet (Unloved World)
(Panton 810862-2, 1991, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1994-10-01The first I'd ever heard of this Czechoslovakian sextet was a tape someone sent to me last year of their first (1990) album Uprostřed Slov. I was suitably impressed with their twisted concoction of pop, jazz, classical and folk. This is the 1991 follow-up: Wayside used the phrase "Art-Punk" in their description, and indeed that may certainly apply to some of this, yet the generous amounts of jazz and folk in their sound cannot be ignored either, all brought together in a radical stew of idiosyncratic weirdness. I'm sometimes reminded of the Begnagrad spinoff Quatebriga on their first album Revolution in the Zoo. The band is Miroslav Wanek (lead vocals, guitar), Romek Hanzlik (guitar), Pavel Kerka (bass), Pavel Pavlicek (drums), Alice Kalouskova (sax, vocals), and Jindra Dolansky (sax, vocals) — plus a huge list of guests adding everything from keyboards to trombone to tambourine and more. Lyrics (in Czech) are by Wanek and all tracks are group composed. The album is a mix of instrumentals and vocal numbers, the most noteworthy being the eleven minute jazz-influenced workout "Tangrešt,” the short instrumental opener "Sukničkář," that sets the mood for all that follows, and two short vocal tracks "Jazz 1960" and "Napůl.” The fast and frenetic pace as well as the positively tweaked instrumental style may be a little too extreme for the casual listener, but offers some truly progressive fare for the musically adventurous.
Related artist(s): Už Jsme Doma
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more