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Koniec Pola Go Off the Map for “Cy”

KONIEC POLA - CY artwork

In an article in The Hornet from February 28th, 1877, music critic Bernard Shaw took aim at artists who demystified their art in the programs to their pieces. “[Programs] may impart a certain interest to a composition for those who are incapable of appreciating abstract music,” Shaw wrote. “But they do so at the expense of the dignity of an art whose true province is foreign to the illustration of commonplace and material detail.”

No matter how hard we dig into the meaning and intention behind of a piece of music here at Invisible Oranges, it is hard to argue with Mr. Shaw. The fundamental experience of listening to music is a connection with the abstract. You may know how the sounds are made, you may not, but what those sounds do to you will cut through the noise of knowledge and touch the tender edges of consciousness. Study and research all you want, you’ll still run smack into a record that will defy your understanding in the same way that Koniec Pola’s Cy has defied mine.

The members of Koniec Pola, who have also spent time in Licho, S., Strzępy and Wędrowcy~Tułacze~Zbiegi, are coy about the exact meaning behind Cy but describe it as “almost like a radio play” about a fictional city on the edge of the Polish countryside. Judging by the tortured screams and jangling homemade percussion, the town won’t be making it into tourist guides anytime soon. In lieu of that ill-considered AirBnB, Koniec Pola are happy to show you the sights. Each of Cy‘s lengthy tracks travels from hushed silence to roaring horror and back again, taking detours into a drunken shuffle on “II” and past the metallic clang of workers in the field on “IV.” Cy is a small and strange, but complete world unto itself. Whether or not you read the signs, each home is occupied. Don’t trouble your mind with what goes on when the sun sets. The sounds tell all you need to know.

Cy will be released on Devoted Art Propaganda on March 28th.

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