Diuna – Piła do pomników przyrody

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Artist: Diuna

Album: Piła do pomników przyrody

Label: Piranha Music

Release Date: 05/02/2021

Country: Poland

Let’s take a look at Diuna‘s latest EP Piła do pomników przyrody, released on February 5th on Piranha Music.

The band hail from Torun, Poland and play a blend of psychedelic, doom, stoner, desert and noise rock with some coldwave influences. The band features four members Konstanty Mierzejewski (vocals). Jakub Didkowski (drums), Malies Klipiun (bass) and Patryk Mitzig (guitars) and are joined by Jan Wawrzyniak (Red Scalp) on saxophone. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jacek Stasiak at Kongo Studio. The cover art by Jakub Didkowski and Sławosz Tejkowski the graphic design elements are courtesy of Adam Bejnarowicz / Muzykografika.

My immediate impression of the band is that they have a very unique sound and style of stoner rock. It is not simply due to the introduction of other influences, they just have their own unique tone to their music, both instrumentally and in regard to their vocals. The band’s real strength is blending influences without it seeming like they’re trying to. While their music is extremely progressive and experimental it doesn’t feel like it is because it all flows so smoothly and there are such un-noticeable transitions between vastly different styles and sounds.

Let us look at the vocals, because for me this is probably my favourite element on the album. Konstanty has a very unique voice and a large part of that comes from him leaning full force into his Polish accent rather than trying to hide of dilute it like many singers do. When hearing the accent paired with the Polish lyrics it gives the EP a very distinctive sound that personally I can’t get enough of. Some of it is sung with a stoner/desert rock swagger behind it, while other parts are very bluesy in nature and others are almost spoken rather than sung. The occasional echoed effects applied to the vocals gives things that little bit of extra atmosphere.

The guitar work on the album is extremely varied and as mentioned earlier has a very interesting overall tone. It sits somewhere between stoner/doom, desert and psychedelic overall, drifting between the three constantly. You get segments that sway heavily into psychedelic territory with meandering guitar and jam like qualities and I’m a big fan of these parts. You’ll also find the more upbeat and energetic desert rock influences at many points on the EP. The stoner/doom reverb and fuzz are present for a large portion of the release and helps to form that distinctive sound that the band has. The noise rock elements are woven in throughout the EP giving us some unusual tones and time signatures to keep things interesting, as well as some of the more experimental noise-based effects on the EP. You will definitely hear the coldwave elements present on the release, where things get a little more minimalistic and we get more punk and electronic influences coming through.

The drum work is equally as varied as the guitar and vocals, shifting and changing as is needed to suit what the overall tone of the songs are doing. While this is very much a guitar driven album, the drums still add a tonne of the release’s overall sound and atmosphere. The bass work on the release is pretty fantastic, laying down a thick and textured undertone for the release. While for a lot of the EP it plays the role of fleshing out the overall sound of the album, at times it really shines through as a lead instrument, helping to drive the overall sound of the music, working in tandem with the guitar.

The entire EP is a winner, but for me the two songs that really stood out due to their overall swagger and unique sound were track 2 Zapraszam do Wiednia na walc and track 3 Podłość. These really lean into the aforementioned Polish accented uniqueness that the band put forward. The vocals on these songs is simply fantastic and I couldn’t get enough of it. They also have some of the most unique elements on the EP instrumentally. I have to also give props to track 4 Piła do pomników przyrody for having such as fantastic saxophone solo, the whole song is great but that sax work makes it worth listening to on its own. Track 1 Śmieszny mempej is also an impressive piece of music with great song writing, instrumental work and vocals and the only reason that I list it last is because it doesn’t sound quite as distinctive/experimental as the other three on the album, but it is also well worth listening to.

Overall, this is a fantastic EP that I highly recommend everyone listen to. It will only take you 23 minutes and every one of those minutes is worth your time. If you like experimental stoner music, then you need to check this one out.

Listen to and order the album below:

Bandcamp:

https://diuna.bandcamp.com/album/pi-a-do-pomnik-w-przyrody
https://piranhamusicpl.bandcamp.com/album/pi-a-do-pomnik-w-przyrody

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