Monday 22 July 2019

Low Fen - S/T (Album Review)

Release date: June 20th 2019. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Low Fen – S/T – Tracklisting

1. 23
2. Grinder
3. Blue Job
4. Mountain Man
5. 7End
7. New Hill
8. Grasping Cloud


Piotr Sinica - drums
Krzysztof Mól - guitar
Wojciech Kuczwalski - guitar
Marek Sutowski - bass


I love surprises like Low Fen. They were completely unknown to me but the moment I pressed played and the sweet sounds of their self-titled debut album hit my unsuspecting ears, that was it. To say they floored me is an understatement because what they play, and how they play it is what I love. Hailing from the small town of Lądek-Zdrój in the mountains of south western Poland, this quartet play instrumental stoner rock with trippy and suggestive elements. I've said it before but it's worth saying again, when done right, the way Low Fen does it, instrumental music is fantastic. They have structure to follow but they jam out mixed with brilliant solos in between and best of all, the guys allow the listener to create their own little world where you can cleanse, recharge and come back so much stronger.

Don't know if the band has a red thread going through their songs, regardless the flow between each composition moves seamlessly urging on all kinds of emotions to swell up within. Most of all happiness and elation because I feel great every time I listen to 'Low Fen'. Whether it's the sweet embracing tones of 'RedNeckSwell(which turns into a stomper)' or the rollercoaster ride of '7End' to the super nova surfing feeling of 'New Hill' I come out of it a new better person. And personally, I couldn't ask for more in music.

Did I mention album closer 'Grasping Cloud'?I didn't? Well shame on me because it's the catharsis needed. It moves between soft, transcendent passage only to switch to atom and molecule smashing parts only to revert mellow sections. Brilliant, indeed! I've only mentioned half the songs but don't take that as the opening four are bad, on the contrary. '23', 'Grinder', 'Blue Job' and 'Mountain Man' ignites the album and sets it off on it's journey to knock the breath out of people. This is definitely a recording to be enjoyed from beginning to end. 

To tie in with the beginning, this is the kind of surprise I like. Starting with a blank slate at the first listen only to end up with a whole new enjoyment in life once the album is over. I could not ask for more. Low Fen are a fantastic new band and I urge you all to give them a chance. You will benefit from it and your life will be better.

Dziękuję bardzo Low Fen!

Words by Håkan Nyman