Jacaszek
Treny


4.5
superb

Review

by Adash USER (43 Reviews)
September 4th, 2010 | 55 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Music for the Sputnik generation

The ancient planks creak indignantly, woken from their stilted slumber by footsteps that climb somnolently, each step a rude awakening. The only light comes from the candle melting away in your hand, casting rays of light that tumble and chase fleeing shadows across the landing. Gradually the staircase comes to life, the knots in the wood come undone and the ascent becomes easier, till finally you stumble upon a door yawning wearily out of the wall. You touch the worn wood and it inhales reluctantly, revealing pitch black lungs filled with musty air. In the darkness you can make out dark silhouettes outlined by the sputtering candle as it gazes apprehensively into the gloom. Minutes pass as it explores murky recesses. Finally its light falls upon an age old clock slumped like an old man against a wall, counting down the fleeting seconds of life that leak from the room and down the silent stairs.

Welcome to the home of Jacaszek.

Polish composer and multi instrumentalist Michal Jacaszek is known best for breathing life into ancient sounds, and Treny is perhaps the best example of his work. Featuring nothing but a handful of stringed instruments, a piano and a melancholic woman, it is a touching and brilliantly composed soundtrack to rainy days and profound thoughts.

The music seems deceptively simple, and deliberately so; Jacaszek wisely lets it breathe freely. A solitary violin slides across the sparsely tumbling keys of a piano, occasionally making way for lightly picked arpeggios played on a dust covered acoustic guitar. All the while a mysterious voice acts as the guiding light through the dark; a melodic firefly drifting languidly through the shadowy meadows of space and time. Underpinning the pieces are skeletal glitch drums that are so organic and subtly integrated into the music they sound as if they were generated on a computer made of wood. At first listen the meagre percussion is nothing more than a grandfather clock whiling away its lonely existence; only later on does it become obvious that these noises are dragged from circuits.

Above all, the highest praise must go to Jacaszek for his restraint in both composition and instrumentation – why fill a space with notes or beats when a rest resonates much louder?

The beauty of this album lies in its sadness and the poignant sorrow it emanates from every pore. Oxymoronically, however, it is not depressing in the slightest. Treny resounds with positive emotion; awe and bewilderment at existence, not suicidal thoughts. Like Swans, it’s emotive music for emotive people who aren’t emo, people who don’t like bad clothes and fringes and self harming.

On second thought, it isn’t Sputnik music at all.



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BigTuna
September 4th 2010


5222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

listening to Lament at the moment and it kicks my ass so great review and good stuff

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Adash
September 4th 2010


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You cannot rate your own review

fuck off

Adash
September 6th 2010


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

converting the world to jacaszek one large fish at a time

BigTuna
September 6th 2010


5222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been purposely seeking out your reviews, some great stuff.

Adash
July 21st 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what a jokishly amazing album, up up up

seedofnothing
November 14th 2011


3425 Comments


m/




seedofnothing
November 14th 2011


3425 Comments


soooooo good, i couldnt find a dl for it yet tho, kinda bummed

seedofnothing
November 14th 2011


3425 Comments


yeah glimmer

for sure bro, ill take that, preferrably rar if u have it

seriously rediculously amazing

seedofnothing
November 14th 2011


3425 Comments


thanks bro, burned in the fire ;]

geng
November 14th 2011


1986 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Listening to this now. Not the most accessible thing I've ever heard, but then where would be the fun in that?

seedofnothing
November 14th 2011


3425 Comments


owns bra

Adash
November 15th 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listening to Glimmer so much, preparing for a massive review/treatise on the nature of music.



Treny remains my favourite album of heartbreak and lament

Oathbreaker
November 15th 2011


1648 Comments


Not a 5, neg.

Oathbreaker
November 15th 2011


1648 Comments


But yeah, it's great that someone reviewed this, brilliant album.

seedofnothing
November 15th 2011


3425 Comments


u bet cher sweet pappy it is

seedofnothing
November 15th 2011


3425 Comments


passin her around, or referring to keeping her solitude?

Adash
November 15th 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

needs to stay our little secret. Was in the top 5 of my fill in the gaps of sputnik reviews that i used to do

seedofnothing
November 15th 2011


3425 Comments


haha, she really is a precious gem aint she

ShousoStrip
December 10th 2011


574 Comments


First listening: unimpressed. Second listening: holy shiet.

Adash
December 10th 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This, along with Penderecki's Threnody, is my wandering around Auschwitz kind of music



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