Infinity - Warsaw Village Band
In the old sci-fi flicks you could easily dispatch a robot by asking it to do a computation that, well … doesn’t compute, which would bring on increasing spasms, fireworks and eventually, total mechanical meltdown. It’s classic anthropomorphication because of how we humans react when being asked to fathom the unfathomable, like, say, the concept of infinity. Think too hard on it and it will blow your mind! This is not a warning to stay away from Infinity, the latest album from Warsaw Village Band, but rather a caution to listen with open ears and try not to think too much about it. In preparing their first two albums, the bands would seek out Polish elders who could still recall the folk music traditions which were later silenced and mostly forgotten during the long years of Communist rule. The artists then learned the suka (a plucked folk fiddle), the frame drum and the haunting “white voice’ singing style that developed by Polish shepherds and thrust this new-found knowledge of the past into the present with modern interpretation. Infinity takes the exact opposite approach, instead collaborating and consulting with young Polish nu-soul singers and hip hoppers. This time around, Warsaw Village Band represent the old traditions in a music mélange that explores the ancient ties between Poland and the Jewish community, Scandinavia and even Africa. But, it’s all part of an infinite process as the group’s multi-instrumentalist, Wojtek Krzak surmises, “There would be no Rihanna, no Destiny’s Child with out rock and roll. John Mayall and Elvis Presley wouldn’t exist if it hadn’t been for Black musicians from the Mississippi Delta. So, how can we really say where tradition ends and pop or classical music begins?” It kind of blows your mind doesn’t it?