NOON – ALGORYTM LP LQ 008
Release Date – 04 May 2018 - BUY
ALGORYTM is the resolution of hundreds of sketches. The album is a complex diary, charting the evolution of short pieces of music first composed in 2010. The melodies and ideas on which the compositions are based are like traces which, as NOON (Mikolaj Bugajak) explains, were haunting him for years. He compares them to an equation which could only be solved by intuition. ALGORYTM can be experienced as an individual album or, for those familiar with NOON’s earlier releases, interpreted as the final expression of a trilogy formed by the Certain Sequences EP (2008) and Strange Sounds and Inconceivable Deeds (2010). NOON has devoted many years to creating his distinct style, a process that has been something of a practical meditation and most importantly, the acceptance of imperfection.
ALGORYTM is a thirty-minute musical narrative formed of four multi-layered compositions. The album was fully created using analogue techniques and instruments, spanning the use of ribbon microphones to recording on magnetic tape. All electronically generated sounds are ‘alive’ and in constant change. The many shades of the album are reflected on multiple planes – though we might not hear them, we can always feel them.
The cinematic arrangement has been elevated with a violin part performed by Karolina Rec (Project Resina - 130701 / Fatcat) and piano sequences by Stefan Wesołowski (Ici D'ailleurs / Important Records / Mute Song Ltd). Both accomplished composers in their own rights, their creativity and individual styles of performance further enrich the NOON compositions with a perceptible character and depth.
Raw bass energy can be heard in ‘Grounded’ and has been delivered by Piotr Poloz from Polish rock ’n’ roll band Psychocukier. The rhythmic axis is provided by Bartosz Mikolaj Nazaruk, a vastly talented folk and jazz musician. The electric guitar solo from the first composition, ‘Rian’, was created by Karol Czajkowski (Unzipped Fly Records) who is specialised in the ethno-folk scene. A special guest on this record is Adam Strug, a unique melodist who is at the forefront of efforts to revitalise traditional Polish music that has been orally handed down across generations. Adam composed and performed the lyrics for this album’s final composition ‘Droga’.
Music: Mikołaj Bugajak (NOON)
Lyrics (04): Adam Strug
Bass: Piotr Połoz (03)
Cello: Karolina Rec (01,03)
Drums: Bartosz Mikołaj Nazaruk (01,02,03,04)
Electric guitar: Karol Czajkowski (01)
Piano: Stefan Wesołowski (01,02,03,04)
Sampler, synths: Mikołaj Bugajak (01,02,03,04)
Vocal: Adam Strug (04)