Lonker See, formed by guitarist
Bartos Boro Borowski and bassist Joanna Kucharska,
added veteran jazz saxophonist Tomasz Gadecki, who had already released
several albums notably the improvised baritone-sax duets of
Melt (Not Two, 2013) with Paulina Owczarek (a duo named Sambar).
Lonker See's debut Split Image (2016) contains the
martial and hypnotic Claimed By The Forest (7:01)
and the lively quasi-country dance of
Flight Is Open On The Way Out (6:13);
but their real skills emerge in the
Split Image pt 1 2 & 3 (21:42):
a few minutes of abstract instrumental noise before the
guitar unleashes the psychedelic theme over slow Indian-esque drums, and, after
13 minutes the sax takes over with fragmented chatter over an irregular tribal rhythm before the final crescendo of chaos.
Solaris pt 1 & 2 (13:57) is the first half of a suite inspired by
Andrej Tarkovsky's film: a suspenseful soundscape
of free-form and droning sounds.
One Eye Sees Red (2018) contains two lengthy pieces that turned them into
a sort of Polish version of the Necks, specialized in lengthy hypnotic instrumental jams, with the
Lillian Gish (18:16) begins like a very soft and slow raga-like jam that turns jazzy when the drums enter, but the sax and bass repeat the same motif, somnolent and hypnotic, until the music takes off in a cosmic direction, with loud distortions and rhythmic tension. Lonker See play the post-ambient version of
prog-rock, and Lillian Gish sounds like a post-ambient version of
Colosseum's Valentyne Suite.
Solaris Pt. 3 & 4 (17:04) is instead a long and dreamy psychedelic trip,
but after ten minutes a more rhythmic and aggressive posture takes over
with the sax intoning increasingly energetic motifs. It's like a fusion of the
Grateful Dead's Dark Star,
Pink Floyd's Learning to Fly
Caravan's Nine Feet Underground.
Hamza (2020) injected more vigor in their fusion of
acid-rock and jazz-rock of the 1970s.
The nine-minute Put Me Out is a slow post-rock crescendo that turns
violent at the end, but the whole is fairly trivial.
The eight-minute Gdynia 80 is a better synthesis of stomping space-rock, cerebral prog-rock and heavy stoner-rock, as if
Queens Of The Stone Age jammed together,
and even ends with the sax intoning a folk-ish refrain.
The sax dominates the nine-minute Earth Is Flat, propelled by a strong
Joanna Kucharska sings the simple elegy Infinite Garden and leads
the lethargic eight-minute Hamza, but those are the weakest songs.
She also leads the nine-minute Open & Close, whose development is
more interesting and energetic than those two but still somewhat weak.
The album is a mixed bag and almost sounds like the album of a different band,
certainly more rock and less psychedelic.
Duets (2020), originally recorded in 2017, is an album of improvised duets.
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