Saturday, February 02, 2019

Ciastko - Ciastko [Gusstaff Records]

The Polish Gusstaff Records-imprint is on a reissue tip with the only and same-titled album of one the countries first NoiseRock outfits - Ciastko. Originally put on the circuit as a critically acclaimed cassette-only release back in 1992 the band and its eleven tracks spanning musical legacy vanished into relative obscurity up until now, with this re-release bringing forth a dark'ish, desperate feeling as well as an apocalyptic greyscale atmosphere to a new audience consisting of NoiseRock-fans as well as followers of DarkWave and experimental PostPunk. Despite being remastered from DAT the lo-fi sound aesthetics of the era and the vibe of a supposed full-on DIY attitude remain prevalent, especially in the cold war- and concrete wall-infused 7 minute epos that is "Reissen", the spiralling, psychedelic, militant dancefloor smash "Spokojna Niedziela" or the thundering drum-inferno "Sucker" which defo harks back to the underground Punk / Hardcore movement for a little less than three minutes. Furthermore songs like "Hymn" tell tales of teen angst, PostHardcore and intense Spoken Word performances, "Cito Et Veni" weighs in a SkateMetal-informed whirlwind for heaving moshpits and the final song "Nobody" dramatically and theatrically unfolds over the course of 7+ minutes, redefining excessive madness and insanity for the early nineties, just to name a few songs from this well-interesting piece of lost Polish music history. Check.

Album artwork on Instagram!


Blogger HRD said...

Thanks for mentioning this one. I just played a sound clip and it sounds like something right up my alley. I'm going to order this one.

Cheers! Tom

10:12 PM  
Blogger baze.djunkiii said...

glad you like it - i'm pretty much thrilled that undergorund music like this is re-emerging from long lost vaults these days!

11:22 AM  
Blogger HRD said...

Of course, I had to order it from Poland, but the seller messaged me that it shipped today. Oddly - to me - shipping from Poland to the US was not very expensive, just 6 euro IIRC. I've ordered from Poland in the past with no issues. Looking forward to this one. It's interesting that no one has added the original cassette to the Discogs database. Then again, that probably makes it truly underground.

Cheers! Tom

3:35 AM  
Blogger baze.djunkiii said...

i still wonder how they've dug up the original DAT masters because a) the early 90s were troublesome days in the eastern block anyway plus b) things like that get lost easily and oftentimes master tapes are abandoned by musicians after they've been leaving the scene. someone must've been lucky... or very patient.

12:00 PM  
Blogger HRD said...

Sometimes in times of trouble you cling to the things that are most important to you. Maybe in this case it was the masters of the music they made. Anyway, I'm glad it survived.

1:26 AM  

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