Like a Phoenix that rose from the ashes, Jakub Wojciechowski decided to abandon his former musical context and embrace a lighter aural sonisphere.
Having cut his teeth in the Polish witchhouse scene (as well as on the label Cowshed Records), Wojciechowski went on to develop his sound into brighter, house-driven compositions under his nom de plume Lasariage, a project with echoes of Kirk Degiorgio’s As One productions. Some of the witchy tropes are still present on his latest Dadaistically-titled offering !Crazy Food Try To Eat Me; for example, but overall it’s a step towards light and sun.
We shall remain in the lovely Poland for our next subject as well. Jakub Adamec is an artist and member of the insane Czech band I Love 69 Popgeju, ear candy for the ADHD generation. Aside from his main “job”, he moonlights with his solo career, which has been cemented by his latest release. The brilliantly cacophonic album Traveling In Time (out now on the left-field Polish label Mik Musik) is a collage of various samples and wacky vocal bits tinged with a memory of rave.
Lubomir Adam Grzelak is head of the reliably brilliant Sangoplasmo label, also home to the likes of Ensemble Economique, Aranos and Decimus. When he’s not sorting through a plethora of crap demos, an equivalent of aural waste contemporary labels have to (should) sift through to arduously pick up the gems that end in their catalogue, Grzelak produces music himself under DJ Lutto Lento.
Another vid-tip comes from Hungary. Yvein Monq has no ecclesiastic affiliations other than his devotion to music, which tends to follow in the spaced out dimensions. You can find out more about his work in an EB interview here.
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Interestingly, the more recent music development in the Czech Republic is to a large extent dictated by art students and artists who similarly to their many forebearers in the history of music – eg. the whole art punk movement of the mid Seventies – conceptualize music and enrich it with elements from their artistic expressions. There have been several examples of this cross-pollination in the last decade here: the whole Prague-based AM180 Collective, whose activities encompass concerts, the festival Creepy Teepee or the AMDISCS label, is spearheaded by the brother-sister duo painters Jakub and Anežka Hošek. Another buoyant art/music scene has been brewing in the east of the country, in the gloomy industrial town Ostrava. Czech Republic‘s Sheffield has been conducive to the arts, spawning a fledgling generation of idiosyncratic artists. Bands such as the now dormant Like She or I Love 69 Popgeju are composed of graduates of the local art academy. The latter is renowned for its bold visual aesthetics and deranged appearances. Their warmly received album Let’s Gold Corridor Is out now.