Stan Nieustalony is the debut effort from Signal to Noise Ratio, a group of three musicians based out of Warsaw Poland. Released through the Russian label MALS, this eight song disc is comprised of two separate recording sessions the trio made in 2004 and 2006 respectively.
Firmly planted in the psychedelic sounds of 70's progressive and kraut rock Stan Nieustalony is an intriguing and compelling collection of mostly instrumental music, with a few tracks featuring vocals sung in their native Polish. Guitarist Przemek Pilacinski alternates effectively between clean, jazz inspired runs and at times crunching, distorted chords, which paint a heavier more ominous tone. When you factor this in with Marysia Bialota's swirling organ and spacey synth effects, you've definitely got something that gels together very nicely. The two longer compositions "Entropia" and "Opium" reveal the most of what Signal To Noise Ratio has to offer, as both of these tracks are shifting, multi-faceted pieces of music that not only highlight their collective skills as musicians, but also proves they are equally as adept at composing and arranging as well.
While Signal To Noise Ratio have seemingly been flying under the radar the past few years I have a feeling that might change in the not too distant future, and a quick glance at their website reveals they are working on new material in 2009. This is a pretty solid and musically varied opening statement and it will be interesting to how they follow up Stan Nieustalony.
9) Centryfuga (6vT mix)