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Folk Ventures into Soul and Blues
June 17, 2009 By Marcin Mierzejewski   
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If you have not yet come across the inimitable music of the Warsaw Village Band, now is a good opportunity to catch up. On their latest album Infinity, the band delivers the familiar sound of Polish folk instruments, but with some surprising twists.

For the first time, the group has veered away from playing songs based exclusively on folk tunes and lyrics. Infinity contains a couple of the band members' own compositions with a freer stylistic approach, including the opening track, "Wise Kid Song."

The band has also opened to completely different genres, coming up with a surprising but successful combination of Mazovian folk with soul ("Heartbeat") and blues ("Little Baby Blues"). Last but not least, Infinity features an interesting lineup of guests who add their own distinct flavor to the album. For example, there is Tomasz Kukurba from the Kroke klezmer band who plays the viola on the "1,5 h" song, giving a special vibe to it together with the scratchy sounds of DJ Feel-X. There are also some hidden gems for fans of roots music, such as "Polska fran Polska," featuring the rarely heard nyckelharpa from Sweden, a kind of a keyboard violin.
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