Psí Vojáci

Slecna Kristyna

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Talk about a minor addition to a discography. Slecna Kristyna is a suite of 27 short instrumental tableaux written by Filip Topol and recorded by Psí Vojáci for a theater production by Marta Ljubková. It clocks in under 38 minutes. Truth be told, it should have been released under Topol's name -- presenting it as a solo project (Psí Vojáci musicians always lurk near his own albums anyway) would have been less misleading. One doesn't hear much of David Skála and Ludek Horky (about a third of the tracks). The piano leads all the way through, with sometimes a synthesizer track overdubbed. Most of the pieces consist of incidental music to establish moods. In some exceptions, the listener is treated to scraps of songs, sketches, ideas -- but that's all they are. "Na Statku, Pokoj Slecny Kristyny," "Salzí Síleny Sen," and "Simina Je Kristyna?" deserve further development in the future. Fans of the band will recognize the general atmosphere, typical of a Psí Vojáci album from the late '90s, and the intensity of Topol's key hammering. But the album lacks strong writing. It sounds like it has been written quickly without much involvement from the artists to fulfill a commission. For completists only.

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