Album Review

Underground Praha [coll] – [Oloj]

magic jack   5/22/2013   12-inch, A Library

Underground Praha – Banned in Czechoslovakia LP (Coll)
(Praha = Prague, the Czech Capitol)

This LP is a collection of rock music that was banned in Czechoslovakia while the country was under rule of communist Soviet Union. Various genres including Rock, Electronic, Jazz, Psychedelic, Avant-garde and a bit of New Wave.

Each song is diverse and unique in it’s own way. Some slowly build in complexity and sound morph into different styles. A few songs combine melodic vocals with dissonant or harsh music as in (Podel zdi a doleva) Side 1 Track 2. There are a few songs with a strong beat like (Pisen pro nico) Side 1 – track 5. There is even a bit of free jazz in (Zacpa) Side 2 – Track 5 which morphs from guitars into sax and free jazz.

These artist seem to use a lot of Violin and electronic keyboards as well as tradition guitars bass and drums.



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