Today I'd like to add Gurun Gurun to that list. This Czech band sounds way too experimental to create the next summerhit but their unique approach towards music is highly refreshing and simply amazing. The songs on Kon B, their second album, sound like children's songs from a dystopian future. Gurun Gurun uses an impressive amount of instruments like guitars, strings, drums, piano, flutes, vibraphone, glockenspiel, turntables, mandolin, banjo and so on. Besides that, there's a whole lot of field recordings & noise effects. However, none of them are used in a conventional way.
What you get on Kon B is definitely not noise and it's very hard to describe. Maybe imagining a mix of Black Dice with A Silver Mount Zion might might help classifying this album, or at least provide you with a sense of direction. The overall tempo is slow and incorporates a heap of sounds and noises shattered behind a vague melody and soundscapes. From there a song is built-up, layer by layer until you suddenly realize you're listening to futuristic dark jazz.
At first listen, you actually might think this is a Japanese act because in many people's opinion, Japan is the place to be for weird experimental music. This is partially true. Gurun Gurun has been working with Japanese artists before. On this album too, they incorporate the vocal talents of Japanese artists Cuushe, Cokiyu, and Miko. These vocals are stunning and really turn the music into something otherworldly and mysterious. It's like they add a sense of childlike innocence to a chaotic world.
There are several, completely different, bands that come to mind when I listen to this album. I already mentioned a few and I'd like to add Philip Jeck, Black To Comm & Dale Cooper Quartet to that list, and maybe even Björk, be it in a highly glitchy setting. Yet, I still feel like Gurun Gurun is something completely unique and highly enjoyable if you're into weird music. So I'll end this review by recommending this album for everyone who likes to try something different once in a while. This album is simply brilliant...