Don’t Panic! We’re from Poland presents full list of Polish artists and picks daily highlights just for you!
In order of appearance:
Stara Rzeka | 19:30 Alter Stage
Kuba Ziołek has loads of musical energy, which is shared among simultaneously led projects. However, it is Stara Rzeka, that seems to be the most known among audiences, and for sure with the greatest influence abroad. The Quietus acknowledged their latest album as the second best album of 2015! Ziołek is interested in fusion of nature and technique, he creates music on the border of acoustic, electric and electronic sounds using guitars, effects and samples as well as wind instruments and voice.
T’ien Lai | 01:15 Alter Stage
T’ien Lai, second among Kuba Ziołek’s projects at this year’s Open’er, is an organic and synthetic dance quartet, established by him in 2012, together with Łukasz Jędrzejczak. It’s a result of their searching for new forms of meditational, electronic and electro acoustic music.
KAMP! | 17:30 Orange Main Stage
The songs of this trio from Łódź sound like summery light dance floor as it’s played in Balearic discos and also like slightly tougher dance pop from London. Tomek, Radek and Michał have a distinct sense of sing-along melodies. On their debut album KAMP! There are multiple earworms like Cairo, Lux Lisobon and Can’t You Wait. Expectations for their second album were very high but with Ornetta they definitely lived up to them.
Coals | 21:00 Firestone Stage
Coals is a young duo from Poland under the leadership of Katarzyna Kowalczyk and Łukasz Rozmysłowski. The name of the band is connected with the region they come from – Silesia which is famous for coal mines. Music critics define their music as folk linked with electronic sounds. They are inspired by artists such as Spooky Black, Soap&Skin, Dean Blunt and Sigur Ros. The Quietus about Coals: ‘The somewhat creamy quality of Coals’ music is an experience akin to being wrapped up in cotton wool and sailing away on ebb tides of unperturbed bliss.’
Rebeka | 23:15 Alter Stage
Their debut Hellada has entered the canon of Polish electronic music, raising the bar very high for all the female and male duets, based on keyboards, synthesizers and laptops, making their debut. Rebeka has played concerts around the world: from New York, through Barcelona during Primavera Sound, to South Korea. Rebeka has a strong position in Poland. Their second album Davos is already available for fans, which can check if the band’s new material has met with their expectations.
Zbigniew Wodecki & Mitch &Mitch | 17:45 Orange Main Stage
There are plenty of stories trying to cover the Mitch & Mitch phenomenon. Most include keywords like: Tom Jobim, moustache, black metal/afro beat, cover, Potato Republic (?), new jazz and more. Zbigniew Wodecki is a legend and famous, Polish singer who started career in the early 70s. Zbigniew Wodecki and Mitch & Mitch geared ranks to do the material from forgotten Wodecki’s album, recorder in 1976. Songs like Listen to me calmly, never became hits and the album was an undiscovered treasure for 30 years after the album’s premiere, it lived up to the appropriate reception, as evidence by the gold record with the performance of Wodecki, Mitches and the Polish Radio Orchestra.
Rysy | 18:45 Tent Stage
RYSY, resembling the ways of Disclosure or SBTRKT, have chosen singers and put them in a new musical context. In RYSY’s tracks, Justyna Święs, known for her work in The Dumplings, opens up for dance rhythms and experimentation with phrasing. The electronic music presented by RYSY blends the spirit of techno with a dub bass in the right proportions. The album Traveller was released last year and has gained very positive critical acclaim. Their performance at The Great Escape this year was very, very well received!
Olivier Heim | 19:30 Alter Stage
He is already known as one third of the band tres.b, which has won a Fryderyk and Paszport Polityki (ones of the most important cultural awards in Poland). A solo album A Different Life released in November 2014 received great reviews and Olivier was announced one of the most important debutants. The album was released at the end of 205 on the British market. Enthusiastic reviews in British press, ended collaboration with top British agencies. The first step has been made: Olivier has been chosen by Wild Nothing as their official support during their European tour.
Dawid Podsiadło | 01:00 Tent Stage
Dawid Podsiadło released his second anticipated album. We’ve already known the album Annoyance and Disappointment for some time now, that’s why we didn’t have any doubts that we want the artist to perform with it at next year’s Open’er! ‘There’s much more life in it, more energy, more nerve than nostalgia and sentiment’ – says Dawid about his new album, and it’s hard to deny it. It’s not cutting off coupons from the gigantic success of his debut, but a mature album thanks to which Dawid appoints himself in new directions.
Zamilska | 01:15 Alter Stage
Her music can be recognized by heavy, rhythmic sounds filled with lots of bass. Though associated with techno, Zamilska’s music reaches way beyond the definition of the genre and it is not easy to pigeonhole. It oscillates between electronica, world music and noise. Her debut album Untune enabled Zamilska to come into spotlight on Polish and international music scenes. Zamilska debuted with two singles: Quarrel and Duel 35 (which was used by Dior during one of the fashion shows featured in Tokyo). She had the opportunity to work on various musical and fashion projects. She also toured Europe playing festivals such as CTM, Primavera Sound, Norbergfestival, TodaysArt, Insomnia, Fantoche and many more.
Coldair | 23:00 Alter Stage
Tobiasz Biliński (Coldair) is a classic example of a self-made man, whose stubbornness and hard work had led him to success. The Provider, his brand new, already third album was released in digital version on the whole world thanks to collaboration with the legendary label Sub Pop. The album has been reviewed by Pitchfork – in Coldair’s circle, music phenomena creation. Noisy, heavy and stifling sounds, mixed with classical, acoustic instruments and his trend mark sensitivity.
Jacek Sienkiewicz | 02:00 Beat Stage
Jacek Sienkiewicz is one of the pioneers of Polish underground electronic dance music. He managed to release a string of records abroad: after remixing Sven Vath’s track, he secured a deal with Cocoon and became first artist to release an album on this Frankfurt label. EPs also appeared on respected German labels – Klang, Trapez and WMF.
The other Polish artists playing at the Open'er Festival:
Baasch, CZELUŚĆ, FLIRTINI, Grobel, JAAA, Kortez, Joga, Kroki, Kuba Sojka aka Psi-Acoustic, Łona i Webber, Łukasz "Małpa" Małkiewicz, Maria Peszek, Nagrobki, Piotr Zioła, Piotr Bejnar, Ptaki, Rasmentalism, Sonar Soul, Spoken Love, Suumoo, Xxanaxx, Pola Rise, Klara, Agi Brine, Notopop, SOXSO, Rosalie, Youth Novels, Pasts, Divines, Miss Is Sleepy, BVRS, Sorry Boys.
Sources: www.opener.pl/en, Culture.pl, priv. materials.