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    Siekiera – “Nowa Aleksandria” – [Sonic]

    Poland’s Siekiera released this “cold wave with a twist” LP in 1986. Long considered a
    post-punk classic by those in the know, this angry moody release mirrors the frustration
    Polish youth must have experienced while living under the watchful eye of a historically
    oppressive regime. While Nowa A caries a nihilistic and apathetic vibe that runs paralell
    to several western european musical contemporaries, the albums appeal to a non Polish
    listenership is enhanced by Thomas Adamski’s haunting vocals sung in the vernacular of
    his home country. The most obvious musical influence here is early Killing Joke. However,
    elements of mid 80’s French cold  wave and hints of 4AD goth punk epitomized by Xmal
    Deutschland’s 1983 release Fetisch provide additional inspiration. Angular guitar stylings
    and a taut rhythm section combine with synthesizers and vocals that coalesce into a novel
    sonic signature that is unmistakably distinct from their musical influences. Unfortunately,
    Siekiera was never able to garner widespread interest outside of Poland in the years
    since ( excepting neighboring Germany where interest in Siekiera and this album in
    particular has always been high ). This long overdue addition to the
    KFJC library should have wide appeal.

     

    Note: Tracks 10-14 are bonus tracks from a 1985 EP and 7 inch. Tracks 1, 4 and 12 are my
    favorites though all tracks are strong. Track 10 is an instrumental. The word Siekiera is
    pronounced SEE-CARA and not surprisingly means axe in Polish.

     

  • Reviewed by Jim Hunter on April 27, 2018 at 8:38 am
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