Gurguburek – Old Postcards
Gurguburek’s “Old Postcards” defies any and all signifiers. Refined and chaotic, classic and modern, the songs are paradoxes. The style with which they deliver these impressive elegant pieces is simply stunning. Interestingly, many of the pieces have a distinctive 70s flavor to the saxophone work. Electronics are remarkably varied ranging from static glitches to the ancient theremin. By letting these many textures interact what results is an album that positively teems with life.
The lounge-inspired work of “Into the Storm” has an easy-going sense of experimentation. Guitars help to overall soften the work and the electronic effects remain subdued throughout. Only towards the end does Gurguburek suggest at the stranger territories they will explore. At first “Dead frog in the road” goes for quieter before the staccato blasts of the saxophone perfect intersect with the punctuated precise electronic bursts of static. Impossible to fully comprehend is the cacophonous joyful work of “God save the sax” where various recordings come in and out of focus throughout the piece. Industrial shrieks come out of the grayed tones of “Santa Barbara”. By far the highlight of the album is the peculiar jazz-dub hybrid of “Across the deserts of Persia”. For a finale Gurguburek offers up their most ambitious piece: “Ballad for a ghost town”. Starting out gently the piece grows in aggression eventually descending into saxophone wails and hedonistic noise.
Playfully providing the unexpected, Gurguburek’s “Old Postcards” is an original peerless album.