A personal view on music, all kinds of music.
Label: Self Released
Review: Diego Camargo
Thoughts: Lebowski is a Polish group founded in 2002, playing a wide spectrum of Progressive Music with sound landscapes.
So far they have released only one album called Cinematic (2010) and the band consider it to be ‘music for a non-existent film’. Quite accurate, cause it is just like a film soundtrack.
Lebowski is formed by Marcin Grzegorczyk (guitars), Marcin Łuczaj (keyboards), Marek Żak (bass) and Krzysztof Pakuła (drums). And delivers pretty much rich and vast musical canvas where you have to focus and put your mind to picture the non-existent film. The album was recorded partially in one of the band member’s apartment and for that reason I can say that the sound of Cinematic (2010) is quite good if you analyze the band limitations at that time.
The album is a good mix of Progressive Rock and atmospheric music where you can close your eyes and get involved in their music.
To help create this environment, several voices of actual movies were used. Movies like ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, ‘Gangsterzy I Filantropi’, ‘Hydrozagdka’, ‘Pamiętnik Znaleziony W Saragossie’, ‘Le Pacte Des Loups’ and ‘Bariera’. Aside that the album is completely instrumental with keyboards and guitars taking over the main roles most of the time. The only exceptions are the tracks ‘137 Sec.’ and ‘Old British Spy Movie’ where Katarzyna Dziubak appears to do some ethereal vocals and to play a very nice violin.
The opening track ‘Trip To Doha’ has an initial drum beat that is pure ‘Bullet The Blue Sky’ from U2, but it’s just a first moment.
‘Cinematic’ brings voices to our ears and it’s quite emotional and pretty.
Another good track from Cinematic (2010) is ‘Iceland’ (which you can listen on our Podcast #9 –HERE).
The album is carried with lots of samples too, which helps to increase the ambience of their music.
The digipack is something that must be mentioned. The beautiful package comes with great pictures and the artwork is astonishing. The band that is worthy to be checked for sure!
1. Trip To Doha – 5’42
2. 137 Sec. – 7’12
3. Cinematic – 7’42
4. Old British Spy Movie – 5’11
5. Iceland – 7’12
6. Encore – 6’07
7. Apertif For Breakfast (O.M.R.J.) – 6’07
8. Spiritual Machine – 6’56
9. The Storyteller (Svensson) – 6’38
10. Human Error – 7’58
Originally reviwed for: http://www.progshine.net