Niechec
Niechec


4.5
superb

Review

by Eucatastrophe CONTRIBUTOR (78 Reviews)
April 3rd, 2016 | 133 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: an alluring melancholia

In 2012, an unknown Polish jazz ensemble by the name of Niechec created and dropped a bomb onto the jazz community before quietly excusing themselves to the background of the scene. Now, four years to the day, Niechec return with their eponymous sophomore release, a virtually perfect representation of a subtle and nuanced musical evolution. It wouldn’t be difficult (or that frowned upon really) for Niechec’s sound to spiral out of control and devolve into a muddy cacophony of spastic horns and drums, but instead with Niechec, the group takes their highly improvisational style and molds it into a more cohesive offering. The music is as expertly composed as ever, showcasing the band’s trademark brand of dizzying melancholy through a highly improvisational, but also highly palatable, style of dark jazz fit for film noir.

While Śmierć w miękkim futerku, foundation was built on a post-bop, almost cabaret style of jazz, Niechec leans more towards a more free-flowing, nu-jazz approach which greatly lends itself towards the cohesive approach heard throughout. The omnipresent saxophone is the driving force behind Niechec and can be heard lightly floating over the music as heard throughout “Echotone”, as well as violently crashing in a flurry of howls. No song uses this dynamic as well as “Krew”, which uses a juxtaposition of a light piano melody and shrill saxophone climaxes to absolute soul crushing effect. This penchant towards conjuring up dark, bleak imagery in such creative ways gives Niechec remarkable staying power as new listens consistently reveal new layers of depth within its dense wall of sound.

However, Niechec offers more than dark, abstract jazz arrangements. Much like in Śmierć w miękkim futerku, the group utilizes some subtle and not-so-subtle electronic elements and keys to produce a variety of moody moments that can be beautiful as well as somber, but always tasteful. “Widnezie” accentuates the band’s familiar flurry with a poignant blend of piano and watery electronics which, in tandem with a stellar drum performance and another chilling display of saxophone play create a downright beautiful song, if in an unorthodox way. Electronics are never the forefront of any one song, but their placement within the songs is what makes their effect so potent.

Quite simply, Niechec have created another masterpiece in dark improvisational jazz. The band shows remarkable maturity in reigning back their obvious talent in playing their instruments and displays their songwriting prowess by creating a record with flow rather than another loosely connected collection of songs. Niechec has a definite mood it’s presenting but with another diverse array of genre-prodding, from psychedelia to ambient to progressive rock, the depth and subtleties of that mood are at the discretion of the listener and that is the most impressive thing about this record and this group.



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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2016


16042 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this record is masterclass (and fashionably late)



https://niechec.bandcamp.com/







Digging: Chester Watson - Project 0

emester
April 3rd 2016


8249 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh shit theres a new one out?



gotta get on this then



mindleviticus
April 3rd 2016


9563 Comments


OH SHIT

mindleviticus
April 3rd 2016


9563 Comments


Yeah their last album was a godsend

TheBarber
April 3rd 2016


3740 Comments


omgomgomg

edit: where can I find this theres nothing on their bandcamp as of now

Digging: Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2016


16042 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wtf they took it down? I'm glad I bought it when I did then but that sucks

TheBarber
April 3rd 2016


3740 Comments


I feel so betrayed...

anarchistfish
April 4th 2016


26700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

sweet album



no idea why it's been removed

anarchistfish
April 4th 2016


26700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Echotony, Metanol and Krew is a great run in



sputnik can't sleep on this seeing how good it is

elbaliem
April 4th 2016


1051 Comments


Where i can find this?


I reallly liked the last album

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2016


16042 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

:]

bnelso55
April 4th 2016


1320 Comments


Sweet review. I didn't know this was coming. Gonna monitor the bandcamp page and check it when it reappears. I'm excited to hear it. Their last album was excellent.

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2016


16042 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just asked the band and they said it'll go back up on the 15th of April. I'm gonna whore for a feature even though it'll be late once the stream goes back up.

anarchistfish
April 4th 2016


26700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

did they say why it was taken down?

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2016


16042 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what happened to the bandcamp?

frown emoticon



Niechęć

Niechęć false start, it was suppossed to go off on 15th April wink emoticon



Bob lol the review I wrote for this masterpiece is incomplete now. thanks for the response though!

anarchistfish
April 5th 2016


26700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

idk how a band can accidentally release a new album for like 3 days but whatever

anarchistfish
April 7th 2016


26700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

album's out tomorrow



band released Krew as well (one of my faves off this)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1L8ZoasYCk

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
April 7th 2016


16042 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

still whoring when it's released

anarchistfish
April 7th 2016


26700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

it's out now

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
April 7th 2016


16042 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hmmm...now to strike when the time is right..and time to edit comments...



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