The Czech underground has been slowly carving out a radically distinctive sound.
Over recent years, inquisitive ears have increasingly turned towards eastern Europe to hear some of the more interesting—and more rugged—strains of underground music. Whether it’s Budapest’s avant-jazz and noise scene, Georgia’s ambient music artists or the new Rominimal sound, some of the freshest and most obscure sounds in Europe are most definitely emanating from the east.
Weirdly, however, the Czech Republic—despite being home to one of our favorite experimental festivals from last year, Lunchmeat—has somehow been forgotten in the hype around this creative flurry. Nevertheless, thanks to a series of DIY venues in Prague and Brno, Fluff Fest in Plzeň and a dedicated culture of fanzines, a unique musical climate has been slowly incubating in the country. Acts like V0NT (pictured above), Pacino and MOLLY have been developing unique brands of noise, punk and power electronics marked by noticeable sincerity but a refreshing irreverence to flash-in-the-pan trends.
Thankfully, Bandcamp has dedicated a new blog post to bringing some of the best music from this vibrant scene to your ears. To discover the whole list of acts and to listen to their music, head to the Bandcamp blog page here. Below, check out our feature on ground-breaking independent Czech synth producers, Bastl Instruments.