Jacaszek - Treny [Miasmah - 2008]Treny is polish artists Jacaszek (aka Micha³ Jacaszek) third album of electronica meets classical dark and heady soundscaping. With Jacaszek subtle using electronic textures and beat works against lush and rich real classical instrumentation and beautifully soothing yet darkly hued female vocals.
Through out Treny Jacaszek mangers a real feeling of sombre grandeur and bleak beauty with it's mix of live classical instrumentation taking in violin, cello, piano and string arrangements. Along with subtle wisps and swoons here and there of rich choir of the darkness from Maja Sieminska vocalising. And of course moody and atmospheric subdued beat work, manipulated electronics, synth textures and lush yet forlorn string cinmatics. The focus is always on hit you on a deeply emotional level with the rich melodic yet sombre song craft.
Though the mood is kept fairly melancholy and beautiful pained, there’s a nice selection of tone and instrumental textures through out the 11 tracks on offer here. Lament brings together bassy and atmospheric synth lines with mournful violin swoons, sampled harp elements and beautiful yet hopeless female vocalising. Taniec starts with doomy stuck piano cords before opening up its blacked yet graceful sonic wings into sample piano elements and glicty subtle electronics, mysterious almost eastern tinged female vocals and marvellous passionate cello playing that has an almost Russian air to it. Powoli enters with a bleak synth and electronics pulse that’s soon joined by cello, cut up low piano notes and static old record like beats- as it progresses it gets quite mournfully up-beat
The whole classical meets electroncia scene has become quite over populated with-in recent years with some very clichéd and medico work been put out, but you can always rely on one of the first and most consistent label in the scene Miasmah to give you quality releases and that’s exactly what Treny is. And you just cant help but fall again and again into it’s sombre wonder, down-cast melodics and lush melancholy charm.Roger Batty