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.
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