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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Jachna Buhl - Atropina (Requiem, 2014) ***½

By Stef

Trumpeter Wojtek Jachna and drummer Jacek Buhl continue with their successful duo, and if I'm not mistaken, this is their fourth album, with the fifth being released last week.

They have not altered their approach of electronically modified music that hesitates between jazz and techno at times, with acoustic drumming that could be misinterpreted for a drum machine (or is it?) and Jachna's trumpet is processed and fed back in various layers of sound. Nils Petter Molvaer and Rob Mazurek come to mind at times, and these are not bad references. There is power and electricity to be heard in tracks such as "Nocny Pocigąand beautiful lyricism on tracks such as "Czarne Stopy", or avant-garde try-outs as in "UKF".

Even if it is not ground-breaking, it is very pleasant to listen to, and to be honest, the type of music I need this morning. Enjoy!