12 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the ‘00s traditional Eastern European music, from gypsy derived Balkan folk to Russian mazurkas and beyond, became an unexpectedly fashionable source of inspiration for a whole wave of American-independent acts like A Hawk and a Handsaw, Gogol Bordello and Beirut. And while these American artists projected an unabashedly romanticized vision of the exotic lures of Eastern European folk culture, the Warsaw Village Band, a Polish ensemble with a knack for performing native folk tunes with wild, punk-like abandon, were drawing inspiration from the aesthetics of American rock ‘n’ roll. Infinity is the group’s first album of entirely original material and sees them moving further from the folk tunes and traditional instrumentation that characterized their earliest work, embracing elements of electronica, the cavernous soundscapes of dub, the odd time signatures of Middle Eastern music and even the four-on-the-floor beat of disco. Though Infinity’s determined stylistic diversity can be confusing, it also makes for a refreshingly challenging listening experience.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the ‘00s traditional Eastern European music, from gypsy derived Balkan folk to Russian mazurkas and beyond, became an unexpectedly fashionable source of inspiration for a whole wave of American-independent acts like A Hawk and a Handsaw, Gogol Bordello and Beirut. And while these American artists projected an unabashedly romanticized vision of the exotic lures of Eastern European folk culture, the Warsaw Village Band, a Polish ensemble with a knack for performing native folk tunes with wild, punk-like abandon, were drawing inspiration from the aesthetics of American rock ‘n’ roll. Infinity is the group’s first album of entirely original material and sees them moving further from the folk tunes and traditional instrumentation that characterized their earliest work, embracing elements of electronica, the cavernous soundscapes of dub, the odd time signatures of Middle Eastern music and even the four-on-the-floor beat of disco. Though Infinity’s determined stylistic diversity can be confusing, it also makes for a refreshingly challenging listening experience.

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