Back in 2004, Warsaw Village Band won the BBC’s Best Newcomer Award for World Music. Since then the band hasn’t let up in their drive to blend the seemingly incongruous traditions of Polish songs and dances with a very non-traditional rock and roll sensibility. The band’s “hardcore folk” music is frenetic and wild, with an energetic string section bringing an immediacy to their songs. The rough-edged vocals play well against the slinky bass, wild percussion and frantically sawing violin and cello. It’s a quirky, but quietly thrilling sound with an intensity that easily wins over fans.
Listen: “In the Forest”
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