#Don't Panic! We're from Poland
This year’s edition of the biggest European music showcase festival Eurosonic Nooderslag in Groningen will host three Polish bands: EABS, Perfect Son, and Horsy.
Eurosonic Noorderslag, held in Groningen, Netherlands, is the biggest European music showcase and conference festival, attracting over 40,000 visitors each year. In addition to hundreds of concerts in several dozen clubs, the festival includes a conference on topics related to the music industry. Every year the event brings together artists, journalists, managers, festival organisers, publishers and producers. The 34th edition of ESNS will run from 15 to 18 January 2020 and include three Polish artists.
Multi-award-winning Polish jazz sextet EABS are widely considered to be one of the most exciting and accomplished jazz bands in the world right now. They apply an innovative approach to jazz, distilling it through the prism of hip-hop, mixing it with elements of soul, funk, electronic music, and of course, traditional polish jazz. Their highly acclaimed debut album entitled Repetitions (Letters To Krzysztof Komeda) was a dedication and tribute to the Polish Jazz legend Krzysztof Komeda, and caught major attention across the European jazz world, receiving praise from the like of Gilles Peterson, Jazz Forum and Polish jazz legend Michał Urbaniak who features on the album. The first pressing of the debut album sold out within 8 weeks after the premiere, and, in response to the album's excellent reception, the band has played over 70 concerts in Poland and abroad.
For their next album, EABS focused on Slavic mythology and Polish demonology. The work on the Slavic Spirits LP remains an attempt at contacting the world of an irretrievably lost culture. A great number of musicians, historians, journalists, writers and even psychotherapists provided EABS with their insights and meditations, which quickly resulted in the emergence of compositions stemming from the depths of the bands’ spirit and imagination.
Sometime in 2016, just as the Polish singer and producer Tobiasz Biliński began to find success through the dim and fractured electropop of Coldair, he knew it was time for a radical change. The songs on The Provider, Coldair’s much-lauded second album, had been an exorcism of sorts. Laced with songs about early death, chronic disappointment, and clouded minds, the record was, as he puts it now, his earnest attempt to 'get all this old shit out'. That mission accomplished, he needed something new, a restart—the unabashedly radiant and unapologetically complex pop of Perfect Son, delivered in 10 perfect shots on Biliński’s Sub Pop debut, Cast.
Perfect Son, it should be said, is Sub Pop’s first Polish artist, the result of an extended interest in Biliński’s work and the country itself from label co-founder Jonathan Poneman. Perfect Son has been nominated for this year’s Music Moves Europe Talent Awards. The winners will be announced on 17 January 2020 during the prize-giving ceremony taking place within the framework of Eurosonic Nordeslag 2020.
Don't Panic We're From Poland
Horsy is a musician, producer, constructor of interactive music robots and CEO of a few music venues, doing anything to spread the word about unconventional electronics. Horsy is a wild performing animal. His concerts are over-the-top improvisational dance parties. The public is an integral part of his costumes and his concerts always include bizarre stage design. Costumes passing from Soviet cocaine baron to baroque general of the love army makes you fall in love before the first refrain.
Tomek Wódkiewicz is the person behind Horsy's persona. In 2013, he revived Polish band Joy Pop, whose second album received the title of 'album of the week' from Radio Czwórka. He has multiple theatrical performances under his belt as well as a directorial debut at the Polish Theatre in Wrocław.
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute supports the participation of Polish artists in Eurosonic Noorderslag within the framework of the programme Don’t Panic! We’re from Poland.