Krakow - As the Heart Is

Belgian Post-Rock didn't sound promising I have to admit. Still there was a picture of a silo and a cow on the cover

 

Krakow – As the Heart Is

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Belgian Post-Rock didn't sound promising I have to admit. Still there was a picture of a silo and a cow on the cover, so I relented enough to stick the CD on my player. Once I started to let the record "get on with it" I found myself experiencing a pleasantly surprising listen over the LP's duration. It starts off pretty quiet, so I warn you, don't get impatient. Too Far Away is a true lament; sonically, there isn't much in the way of the sadness and loneliness expressed in the song. As such the sparseness of the arrangement gives it a real edge. Silence segues seamlessly into this track, sounding for all the world like an old country-fied Nick Cave lament, which is until we get some attractive grumbling organ noises in the background that sound like a propeller-powered aircraft.

 

Come on Home is as close to a holler on the porch as Krakow get. It's got a feeling of the Stones' Sweet Virginia, which, I admit, does sound a little odd, but it is affecting stuff especially with the glockenspiel. I Miss You sees the introduction of some thumping guitars and everything gets elegiac and Lambchop-esque.

 

Not much changes on this LP; Roses has a slightly heavier drum and a pedal steel guitar for example but you get the picture it's not the most up-beat of releases. Still its bloody pleasant listening whilst you sip a beer on your balcony.

 

And the moral of the story? Always listen to LPs with agricultural equipment on the cover.

 

Words: Richard Foster