Uprooting

This is a burst of sonic energy from Eastern Europe. The Warsaw Village Band is a musical collective that relishes fusing the old with the new.

This is a burst of sonic energy from Eastern Europe. The Warsaw Village Band is a musical collective that relishes fusing the old with the new. Its distinctive groove is an amalgam of Polish traditional tunes and a substantial sampling of musical influences that routinely rock the Western world. The band brings an explosion of colors to its sound, using powerful vocalists, the szuka (knee violin), cello, dulcimer, pole cymbals, violin, hurdy-gurdy and trance-like drumming, topped with dub, scratching and sirens. The effect—as on "In the Forest," "I Slayed the Rye" and "Polka From the Sieradz Region"—is like rolling thunder. Even when the pace is slowed ("Woman in Hell," "Grey Horse"), the sound has a resonant presence and an emotional weight that brings to mind the Gypsy music of Romania. "Uprooting" is passionate music which, in the course of 16 tracks, feels like it's being performed by players who could blow the doors off any club west of Moscow.—PVV