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MIKOŁAJ WIĘCKOWSKI

JACK GARRATT, PHASE

Most of the songs on Phase could certainly be sung with a rollicking piano accompaniment. And it wouldn’t even require the vocal lines to be recorded again – it would be enough to make use of those which are already on the album. But then Phase would certainly not be as interesting. The uniqueness of this CD isn’t merely a result of Garratt’s blues-jazz singing, but its combination with contemporary, electronic sounds. It’s dance-inspiring and full of energy, though the lyrics aren’t particularly cheerful. Garratt suffers from the various troubles of contemporary pop, sometimes making use of backgrounds straight out of albums by Disclosure, and other times resembling a dance version of Chet Faker. Jack has a lot in common with the latter – he wrote and produced all of the songs on his album. And his beard – when combined with this pleasant, mainstream-sounding music, Garratt could easily become a new idol for teenage girls.

Distributor:
Universal Music Polska

JULIA MARCELL, PROXY

Julia Marcell’s new album – this time entirely in Polish – was meant to be “a reaction to (…) our boisterous, flashy pop reality.” Did she manage to achieve this? Partially. She definitely found success in the musical side of it. Proxy abounds in light, rather classically pop backgrounds, filled with freedom and optimism. Marcell’s lyrics, however, pose a problem – they’re full of weak metaphors, similar to those of Maria Peszek, though lighter. But they’re unquestionably sung in an interesting, original way. Marcell had an interesting idea for every verse of her songs, all of which came out well. One thing is certain – Julia will unquestionably manage to reach a wider audience with this album. Not only because it’s her first Polish album but also because of the above-mentioned lightness of these compositions. They’re not “boisterous” or “flashy,” but a simple tribute to alternative pop.

Distributor: Mystic