Skalpel - Breslau
Igor Boxx known also as Igor Pudlo (from Ninja Tune's Polish act Skalpel) is opening a new decade with his first solo album, Breslau. Released 18th October in Poland and 29th November throughout the rest of Europe. Skalpel have released two acclaimed albums on Ninja Tune - Skalpel (2004) and Konfusion (2005) have become one of the most important Polish music exports, well received both in Poland and internationally. In Igor's solo debut album, the inspiration comes like before from his home country and his home town. Breslau tells a tale of 1945 siege of Festung Breslau undertaken by the Red Army. The historical background might mean nothing to an average listener not familiar with the multinational and multicultural history of Breslau (now known as Wroclaw) but this journey is musically so emotional and powerful that it allows anyone to follow the story. Sounds are used to depict the massive force and fury of bolsheviks' attack and the determination of the terrorized civil population of the city to hold on. Krautrock grinding illustrates the monotony of the endless battle, psychodelic ornaments underline the absurd of wartime madness, jazz rhythms sound off the chaos on both sides of the conflict whilst ambient timelessness paints the overwhelming desperation of city defenders' efforts.