Various Artists “Artur Rojek Selection 2011. OFF Festival” (2011)

August 21, 2011

If you had missed this year’s OFF Festival, purchase this record and feel sorry for yourself. Artur Rojek, the artistic director of the indie music fest that takes place in Katowice, prepared a double album with 2011 line-up. And one can easily notice that during the years the festival has become one of the biggest events for independent and underground music fans (actually, OFF is the second largest European indie festival, just after Barcelona’s Primavera). Artists gathered here are both Polish and foreign, well-known (if you can use this term while speaking of artists rarely present at the top spots of sales charts) and just emerging. Lo-fi hero Ariel Pink and his band Haunted Graffiti deliver a melancholic and charming Can’t Hear My Eyes. The masters of art and experimental rock Deerhoof demonstrate their genius with Fresh Born. Synth pop has never sounded as good as on Tether Beat, a track by George Lewis Jr. aka Twin Shadow, an artist present on almost every single list of 2010 best new artists and bands. Two greatest songs are to be found on the second CD: dark but catchy Blackout by English indie rocker Anna Calvi and This Too Shall Pass Away (for Freddy), Xiu Xiu’s track from their Dear God, I Hate Myself LP.

hydrameter: 3/5

Key Tracks: Blackout by Anna Calvi, Can’t Hear My Eyes by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Fresh Born by Deerhoof, Heats by Kamp!, Not Getting There by Blonde Redhead, Orange + Apple by Tres B, Set Your Arms Down by Warpaint, Tatanc by DVA, Tether Beat by Twin Shadow, This Too Shall Pass Away (for Freddy) by Xiu Xiu, Try to Sleep by Low

Listen to This Too Shall Pass Away (for Freddy): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmBH08mVR9U

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