Skryty Puvab Byrokracie

Nic Se Nestalo

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Nic Se Nestalo is a strange project. The trio Skryty Puvab Byrokracie (Josef Jindrák, Roman Plischke, and Jakub Zid) has put to music a selection of poems by various subversive authors. Czech authors get the biggest part of the cake, but there are also words by Friedrich Nietzsche, Heinrich Lersch, and even Timothy Leary (all translated in Czech, lyrics provided only in that language). Most of them are narrated (rather than sung) by Zid. The music accompanying them adopts a rock attitude but it actually stretches much further than that. Multi-tracked saxophones rant freely in the title track, punk moments are subdued by naïve pop elements, electronica tricks creep in, and cheap synthesizers and drum machines give the whole thing a retro feel, while some passages are definitely cutting edge. It results in a whirlwind of an album filled with musical allusions and quotations (Prokofiev, Dvorák, and Pink Floyd spewed back by a sequencer in "Komári"), along with political subversiveness. Despite the fact that it lasts only 40 minutes, the listener comes out of it tired and uncertain. Stylistically speaking, SPB fires in many directions at once. In terms of studio work, the group tends to add too many overdubs, burying the compositions under heaps of incidental noises and add-ons. Nic Se Nestalo is only half-convincing, often sounding experimental only for the show.

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