Biliński calls his sound "rather melancholy, chaotic, intimate, full of contrasts and often unpredictable, with a dash of improvisation". His music draws upon folk and post-rock to experimental and improvised music, often influenced by the New Weird America movement.
Polish indie bands Kyst and Coldair join dozens of bands, including Zola Jesus, CSS, White Lies and Klaxons at an event that presents a multicultural cross section of music from five continents and twenty-three countries, including Argentina, Peru, Iceland, Israel, Singapore and Thailand. Both Kyst and Coldair are the fruits of the 21-year-old Polish songwriter's ambitions for creating a plethora of music across a multitude of genres.
Tobiasz Biliński had already made a name for himself with Kyst, a band based in Sopot, which he started with Adam Byczkowski and two other members who didn't stick around long enough to record the second album. Eventually Biliński got in touch with Berlin-based musician Ludwig Plath (of Touchy Mob - also playing at Culture Collide this year). The band's music draws upon folk and post-rock to experimental and improvised music, often influenced by the New Weird America movement. They have performed around the world, most recently at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, Primavera Sound in Barcelona and Fusion in Berlin Their sound has been compared to the likes of Animal Collective and Arcade Fire. After their self-released album Cotton Touch, they put out Waterworks in March 2011 on the Polish label Antena Krzyku. Their music has been included in a number of cinema soundtracks, such as Jan Komasa's 2011 film Suicide Room.
Three years ago Tobiasz Biliński started up Coldair as a solo project, releasing the album Persephone at his own expense. Soon enough the band turned into a full-fledged quintet, together with Byczkowski, drummer Igor Nikorow (formerly of Paula & Karol), with a brass section made up of Maurycy Idzikowski and Tomasz Dworakowski. They made a splash at the European Music Fair in Warsaw and released their second album Far South. In the meantime they've traveled the world, performing at SXSW in Texas, Incubate in Tilburg and the Off and Opener Festivals in Poland.
Coldair's sound has been called delicate and ethereal, drawing upon folk that is then internalized and interpreted in a very personal way. With a voice that recalls the romantic tones of Bon Iver, Biliński is geared to make a name for himself in the world, planning the release of his next album in the U.S. Biliński himself calls his sound "rather melancholy, chaotic, intimate, full of contrasts and often unpredictable, with a dash of improvisation".
Culture Collide is a four-day music festival held in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles organised by Filter Magazine, presenting over 80 artists on the independent music and pop culture scene in a showcase format. The aim is to present as-yet undiscovered talents from all over the world with some of today's hottest bands. This year it also features a two-day summit open to all, aimed at brainstorming strategies for the survival of independent music in the digital world. There's a film and comedy programme as well. It has been named among the top five festivals in the U.S. in recent years. Polish bands are frequent guests at the festival, with Kamp and L.Stadt! in 2010 and Paul & Carol and Indigo Tree in 2011. The Polish showcase is part of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute's Don't Panic We're from Poland initiative, which brings Poland's hottest bands to the biggest festivals in the world. Krzysztof Gałkowski, one of the founders of Don't Panic... is a guest speaker at the one of the festival's discussion panels.
Also this month Don't Panic is bringing as many as eight Polish bands to the Vienna Waves Festival between the 4th and 7th of October. See more at: www.wavesvienna.com
Culture Collide takes place in Los Angeles between the 4th - 7th of October 2012.
Don't Panic We're from Poland showcase schedule:
Happy Hour with Kyst & Coldair
4:00 p.m. - Taix Front Lounge
Kyst in concert at the Church - 7:30
Coldair in concert at Taix Front Lounge - 10:00 p.m.
Coldair in concert at Origami - 6:00 p.m.
Kyst in concert at Origami - 7:00 p.m.
Coldair Bloc Party at Taix Champagne Lounge - 5:30 p.m.
Kyst Bloc Party at Taix Front Lounge - 7:00 p.m.
For more on Kyst and Coldair, see: coldair.bandcamp.com and kyst.bandcamp.com
For more on the festival, see: culturecollide.com
Author: Agnieszka Le Nart