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Samstag, Mai 27, 2006 

Myslovitz-Happiness Is Easy(2006)

Poland,Mysłowice/Myslovitz 2006

Guitarist and vocalist Artur Rojek (born 1972) started the band in 1992 as "The Freshmen", taking the initial name from the movie ''The Freshman'' starring Marlon Brando - which indicates a fascination with cinema that would become a characteristic feature throughout the band's career. The early phase was characterised by a somewhat debonair punk attitude, as Rojek admits: ''"I started Myslovitz in 1992. I was twenty then and I had no idea how to make good music. Surely, I was a big fan of a few British groups (Ride, Stone Roses,My Bloody Valentine, ) but I couldn't play the guitar at all. After several months of rehersals ... I decided that I should cover the holes in my musical education by...chaos (the bigger the better)." Even so, they soon caught the media's attention, winning several important competitions for young musicians; this enabled them to make their first professional recordings in the studio of Radio Lodz. In 1994, Myslovitz were signed by MJM Music Polska and recorded their self-titled debut album with British producer Ian Harris, who had previously worked for, amongst others, Joy Divisoin, New Order, and The Exploited. Upon its release in 1995, the album received euphoric reviews and was declared "Debut of the Year" by several music magazines. Some critics compared it to Oasis, who were at the peak of their popularity at that time.In 1996, Myslovitz were joined by a third guitarist and keyboarder, Przemek Myszor, and released the second album ''Sun Machine'' on Sony Music Polska. The album spawned two somewhat beatlesque airplay hits - ''Z twarza Marilyn Monroe'' ("With a Face Like...") and ''Peggy Brown'', the latter being a cover version of a fellow Myslowice rock band, with lyrics originally by the Irish "national bard" Turlough O'Carolan(in a translation by the Polish lyricist and translator Ernest Bryll).The following year, the third album ''Z rozmyslan przy Sniadaniu'' ("From meditiations over breakfast") was released, displaying a tendency towards a more "polished" sound and more introspective lyrics. Also, Myslovitz's now typical fascination with cinema began to take centre stage with numerous allusions and hints in the lyrics and track titles, and a certain "cinematic" atmosphere in the music itself. The band's interest in cinema also showed in their contributions to soundtracks. In 1998, they recorded the unconventional track ''To nie byl film'' ("That was no film") for the Polish movie ''Mlode wilki 1 1/2'' ("Young Wolves ! 1/2"). The lyrics referred to a wave of violent crimes committed by juvenile delinquents, which was controversially discussed in Polish mass media in the mid-1990's. The explicit depiction of violence in the lyrics and the accompanying video clip (which was later won a Fryderyk award as "Video of the Year") caused further controversy and led Polish broadcasting networks to boycott both the song and the clip.Also in 1998, Myslovitz had their first appearances abroad with gigs in Sweden, Germany, and the United States.The final breakthrough for the band came in 1999 with their fourth album entitled ''Milosc w czasach popkultury'' ("Love in The Time of Pop Culture"), which went platinum (i.e. 150,000 copies sold) soon and has by now achieved "double platinum" status in Poland. The single ''Dlugosc dzwieku samotnosci'' ("the Sound of Solitude") became the biggest hit for the band so far.In 2000 Myslovitz again contributed to soundtracks, writing and recording the song ''Polowanie na wielblada'' ("Camel Hunting") for the movie ''The Big Animal'' (''DuAe zwierzA'') by the legendary Polish actor and director Jerzy Stuhr, and the single plus another two (previosly unreleased) tracks to director Waldemar Szarek's movie "That's Us" (''To my''). In 2003 Myslovitz continued their cooperation with Stuhr, creating not only the title song for his movie "Tomorrow's Weather", but also appearing in walk-on roles - as neophyte monks. In 2002, the follow-up to ''Milosc...'', entitled ''Korova Milky Bar'' appeared; the title being an allusion to Stanley Kubrick's classic screen version of Anthony Burgess Clockwork Orange. Strikingly, the melancholic elements took over almost completely, with both music and (sometimes sarcastic) lyrics creating an almost depressive overall mood. Nonethelss, the album sold even more copies than its predecessor had in the same time, with the singles ''Acidland'' and ''Sprzedawcy marzen'' ("Dreamsellers") repeating the success of ''DAugosc...'' three years earlier.The reason for the new material's popularity, as some critics surmised, was that its atmosphere closely conformed to a presumed resignative-recessive mood within Polish society at large - which guitarist Przemek Myszor seemed to confirm in an interview for the ''Montreal Mirror'': ''"For us, the Korova Milky Bar'' Orange' ''is a place where something different may happen to your mind. It's a place like todayas Poland. You know, Poland is a place where very strange things happen to your mind. It's a country full of crisis and everything around you is very sad, very dark, very fucked. There is an economic crisis here. People don't have money, politics are fucked. The lyrics on our record are sad because of this. We sing a lot about being in a strange state of mind".With ''Korova Milky Bar'', Myslovitz appeared at several festivals throughout Europe, including the big, traditional German festival for Alternative acts (''Bizarre'') and the prestigious Montreux jazz festival. Also, they supported Iggy Pop and the Simple Minds on their European tours that year. Also, they received an MTV Europe Music Award in Barcelona for ''Best Polish Act'', having been nominated twice in previous years.In November 2002 Myslovitz signed a new contract with EMI's Polish outlet Pomaton. The first album to be released on the new label was an English-language re-recording of ''Korova Milky Bar'', which war released in 27 countries (including Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland,France,Spain,Russia,Turkey and South Africa). In addition to the ''Korova...'' material, this version also included English versions of older tracks. ''Dlugosc dzwieku samotnosci'' now became a single as ''The Sound of Solitude'' (an earlier English version had somewhat awkwardly but more correctly entitled ''The Length of The Solitude Sound'' had been a Polish b-side). A video clip for this song was directed Janusz Kaminski, the Polish Hollywood cinematographer who had won Acadeny awards for Best Cinematography with Schindlers List and Saving Private Ryan, and had declined an offer from Martin Scorsese in order to work with Myslovitz. Kaminski declares himself a "fan" of Myslovitz, saying ''"I only work for Spielberg and Myslovitz ... Money is not a factor in this. What one doesn't do for one's idols!"The clip got frequent plays on MTV Europe and the album received positive reviews in the European music press, particularly in Germany. However, radio airplay was sporadic and largely limited to Alternative programmes (such as John Peel in the UK), as a consequence, Myslovitz so far failed to enter the upper reaches of the charts outside Poland.Also in 2003, Myslovitz performed with Travis and Skin (of Skunk Anansie fame) on ''The Road to Edinburg'', where they received another MTV Europe Music Award for ''Best Polish Act''.The same year, Sony Music domestically released an obligatory end-of-contract compilation album, entitled ''The Best of''. The lead single ''Krakow'' was an older song re-recorded with 1970s Polish folk rock stars Marek Grechuta and Anawa.In the summer of 2004 Myslovitz were touring Europe again, starting with a concert for the German public radio and television broadcaster WDR on the eve of EU enlargement. Apart from headlining smaller venues and playing festival slots (including the largest Swiss open air event in St Gallen, they again opened for Iggy Pop & The Stooges on their European dates, as well as for The Corrs in the UK and mainland Europe.In December 2004, EMI released Myslovitz's most recent album entitled ''Skalary, mieczyki, neonki'' ("Angelfish, swordtails, neon tetras") - an out-of-schedule release with outtakes from the ''Korova Milky Bar'' recording sessions; longish, psychedelic-experimental and mostly instrumental soundscapes with an utterly melancholic mood to them. On ''Skalary...'', Myslovitz appear about as close to the Radiohead reference as they are likely to get; there are also some tangible similarities with Pink Floyd.Myslovitz's success arguably contributed to a revitalisation of the Polish Alternative rock scene in the late 1990's and early 2000's, which spawned bands such as ''eM'', ''Kombajn do zbierania kur po wioskach'', and ''Lili Marlene''.==Myslovitz and Myslowice== Myslovitz follow the tradition of 1970s American rock dinosaurs who took their names from their places of origin, such as Chicago or Boston. When choosing their name, the band seemed to be inspired by an ambiguous relationship towards their hometown which they felt to be rather provincial. In a review of ''The Best of...'', the liberal Catholic weekly Tygodnik Powszechny stated that ''"coming from Myslowice, the band entered the new, wonderful world of show business with a small-town complex"''. In an interview with the ''Montreal Mirror'' , Guitarist Przemek Myszor called Myslowice ''"depressing"... like all small towns are. In Poland there are few big towns. And by big town I mean where there is culture. You know, towns that have big clubs. We still live in Myslowice, but this is a city to die in, not to live. Our region of Poland, in the south, is very industrial, coal mining, hard industry"'' For statements like these, Myslovitz were sometimes chided for fouling their own nest; paradoxically, however, they even helped to sanitize the city's image. Says the music journalist Leszek Gnoinski (author of the "standard work" ''Encyklopedia Polskiego Rocka''): ''"Myslowice is a city of some 100,000 people. Until the early 90s, it was known, at best, for its coalmines - until these five guys with guitars turned the mining town into a place that could be located on any map of Poland."'' Myslovitz's impact was one factor which stimulated the development of a local music scene. By now, with bands such as ''Negatyw'' and ''Supermusic'', a lively Alternative rock and Hip Hop culture is flourishing in Myslowice. Far away from Warsaw as the centre of the commercial Polish entertainment industry, it even benefits from its image as being peripheral, obscure, and non-commercial - not totally unlike the British Madchester phenomenon in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Enough for now,english review coming soon but I'll take a Pepsi challenge that this one could easily compete with british acts:)

Troche czasu sie zastanawialem czy umieszczac tutaj najnowsze dziecko Myslovitz-plyta jest jeszcze swiezutka,a moim "blogaskowym" zalozeniem jest prezentowanie rzeczy ktore juz troche sie "przegryzly".W tym wypadku postanowilem jednak zrobic wyjatek od tej reguly.Dlaczego?Ano dlatego ze "Happiness Is Easy"(kojarzycie skads ten tytul?;) to jedna z najlepszych,a moze nawet i najlepsza polska plyta jaka dane mi bylo ostatnio uslyszec i mysle ze warto by i publika zagraniczna sie z nia zaznajomila.Chlopaki z Myslowic dosc dlugo kazali nam czekac na nowy material,ale tym razem nie skonczylo to sie takim efektem jak dosc przecietna "Korova Milky Bar".Wrecz przeciwinie widac ze dlugie dlubanie w studio(z udzialem min Marka Cieslaka ze Scianki,ktory jest odpowiedzialny za brzmienie) dobrze zrobilo tej plycie-w efekcie do rak dostajemy zestaw 13 przebojowych klimatycznych songow z ktorych przynajmniej co drugi(sic!) nadaje sie na singla.
Juz na poczatku Artur pozbawia wszelkich zludzen co do charakteru najnowszego dziela zaciagajac w krotkim 2.5 minutowym kawalku "Fikcja jest modna niczym Liam Gallagher w najlepszych czasach.Chcialoby sie rzec we're back,big fuckin away,ale to dopiero przedsmak tego co spotyka nas chwile pozniej-przejmujace "Sciac wysokie drzewa "ktore w fazie studyjnej nosilo wiele mowiaca nazwe Interpol,a nastepnie nieco filozoficzny "Miec czy byc",podobno juz robi w Polsce zawrotna kariere jako singiel."Kilka usciskow,kilka snow",obniza troche napiecie przygotowujac teren pod troche spokojniejsze tracki.Tu wyroznia sie syntezatorowe "W deszczu malenkich zoltych..." z udzialem Marysi Peszek.Powiem szczerze,na poczatku ten kawalek mnie nieco denerwowal ...ale po dluzszym sluchaniu zaczynam sie przekonywacszczegolnie do sennego,delikatnego wokalu Marysi.Nie moge sie za to przekonac do gadajacych glow(nie majacych nic wspolnego z Republika,czy chocby z Talking Heads) i "Ty i ja...",ktore po wiele obiecujacym wstepie przeradza sie w troche ograna juz melodie.Wyrownuje to z nawiazka najlepszy chyba na plycie "Nocnym pociagiem"(Ide o skrzynke Tyskacza ze bedzie to drugi singiel:)z wymiatajacym refrenem.Jako supporter Czerwonych Diablow nie moge takze nie wspomniec o zaskakujacym,smutnym "Ksiaze zycia umiera".Powiedz Georgie Best,co poszlo zle i jak mogles wszystko tak spieprzyc...
Co pozostanie po " Happiness Is Easy"?Na pewno piekne melodie ktore dlugo kolataja pod czaszka i chyba teksty.Mimo iz Rojek specjalnie nie zmienil swoich zapatrywan wydaja sie byc bardziej dopracowane niz na "Korovej"i trafnie wpisuja sie w rzeczywistosc poczatku XXI stulecia w ktorej przyszlo nam zyc.Koniec koncow,pozostaje niedosyt ze nie dane nam bedzie przekonac sie czy podobne wrazenia plyta wywola na rynku europejskim,no chyba ze Angole zagladajacy na moj blog zaczna sie uczyc polskiego,czego sobie i wam zycze:D

Artur Rojek - voc, guitar,Wojtek Kuderski - drums,Jacek Kuderski - bass, vocals,Wojtek Powaga - guitar,Przemek Myszor - guitar, keyboards

Track Listings:
1. Fikcja jest modna/Fiction Is Hip
2. Ściąć wysokie drzewa/Cut Down High Trees
3. Mieć czy być/Be Or Have
4. Spacer w bokserskich rękawiczkach/A Walk With Boxing Gloves On
5. Kilka uścisków, kilka snów/Few Hugs Few Dreams
6. W deszczu maleńkich żółtych kwiatów/In The Rain Of Tiny Yellow Flowers(feat Maria Peszek)
7. Gadające głowy 80-068/Talking Heads...
8. Ty i ja i wszystko, co mamy/You And Me All What We Have
9. Nocnym pociągiem do końca świata/Night Train Till The End Of The World
10. Książę życia umiera/Prince Dies(dedicated to George Best)
11. Złe mi się śni/Evil Dreams
12. Znów wszystko poszło nie tak/All Went Wrong
13. Czytanka dla niegrzecznych /A Tale For Naughty Children

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