Wedroçy~Tułacze~Zbiegi – Marynistyka Suchego Lądu

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Devoted Art Propaganda
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://wedrowcy-tulacze-zbiegi.bandcamp.com/album/marynistyka-suchego-l-du
Band Website: Music | wędrowcy~tułacze~zbiegi


Band line-up:

Sars – music, lyrics
theFALL – drums
Ściera – trombone
Kvass – vocals, lyrics
Szturpak – harmonica, guitar
Dominik – lyrics

Tracklisting:

1. Starganiec
2. Reta
3. …
4. Sucha góra
5. Czarnożyły
6. Na górze Ciemno
7. Żelazo
8. Nad Revekol
9. Hoburgsgubben 10104

 

Review:

Wędrowcy~Tułacze ~Zbiegi (loosely meaning wanderers~roamers~runaways in English) are an experimental post-black metal band based in Katowice, Poland.   Their lyrical themes mostly centre around depression, dark thoughts and evil.

All around people are joining their faith. Ahead of them a procession, paupers with weathercock. Lechic runes, embroidery: God! Poland, something for  so many centuries… It gets the worst stains off…  Eucharist from Germany. Under the canopy, the biddies are carrying the lament. A sexton tying his mustache on the frame of the loudspeaker. The mooring lines are whizzing – it’s flagellants! The fishing boat is plowing the asphalt. A child walks along the furrow and pours lime.

“Marynistyka Suchego Lądu” roughly translates to “Naval arts of dry land”

Marynistyka Suchego Lądu, their second full-length, has a more electronic feel than their debut and EPs, and the music is generally quite upbeat in comparison.

In ‘Reta’ there are echoed (singing, whispering, and yelling) voices overlapping one another. It works so well because the music is kept very simple at these times, heard as rhythmic, heartbeat-like pulses behind the voices to allow the emotions of each vocal to be felt. This track was chosen by the band as a single and it is very clear to see why. There is some aggression and sinister energy in the delivery of the words yet the music seems to contradict all of that, offering an otherworldly feeling which is strangely seductive.

Middle track ‘Czarnożyły’ is the most up-tempo on this album, also the catchiest due to its rhyme scheme:
“i nie / w drogę / i nie / w czas / wiosło w asfalt wschodzi / zachód wsiadł do łodzi / wiatru nie ma / gwinty szklane / odkręcone śruby / i nie w drogę i nie w czas / ta głowa w asfalt wchodzi / do Bałtyku gówno spłynie / pustka nam życie osłodzi”
Most of the lines in this song rhyme with ‘Czarnożyły’, its title which is not once mentioned but is a nice subtle correlation.

Na górze Ciemno’ features some unsettling raspy vocals (2:22-2:43). Even the music seems to be taken aback by the sound, as the instruments pause for a couple of seconds as the death-rattle like breath can be heard, which heightens the creepiness of the moment. Definitely one of the most unforgettable instances in this album.

The intro for ‘Hoburgsgubben 10104’ is quite groovy in comparison to the eight previous tracks. There is a lengthy spoken word verse at the start of this song and after a minute or so, which is a another marked difference from its predecessors. The remaining lyrics consist of a couple of lines that are repeated throughout the remainder of track nine and the delivery progresses from hissed whispers to singing.

There are instances where the music in this album could be mistaken for 80s horror score music — the intro to seventh track ‘Żelazo’ for example — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Marynistyka Suchego Lądu is defintely an interesting release with many quirky features (namely the vocals) and evokes plenty of emotion.

Review by Kira Levine

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