Warsaw Village Band 

Infinity

You might assume by its name that the Warsaw Village Band is seriously devoted to maintaining Poland's folk traditions. Well, yes and no.

The Villagers know the music of their homeland, but it's only one ingredient in their spicy sonic stew. Warsaw Village Band explores and maximizes common ground shared by folk sounds of Poland, Scandinavia, Central and Southeastern Europe, and the Hebraic peoples of Eastern Europe, with dollops of rock, hip-hop, and a bit of dub. There's plenty of swirling, slightly scratchy fiddle; throbbing and ebullient rhythms; and tart, slightly strident female vocals evoking Lisa Gerrard (ex-Dead Can Dance) and the Bulgarian Women's Choir (also locals Charming Hostess). "Skip Funk" shows that the rhythms of DJ turntable funk and Northern Europe can dovetail beautifully. "Lazy John Dance" has a sinuous fiddle solo that seems vaguely Celtic, followed by another recalling John Cale's manic viola in the Velvet Underground. (I could swear I heard a few bars of "Heroin" in there.)

Though there's no electric guitar to be heard, Infinity is just as driven and pounding as the Modern Lovers, VU, or the Clash. (Barbes)

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