Stuff that made St. Vincent's parallel headline set look like the height of convention
End of the Road’s debut matrimony with BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction last year prefigured a seismic shift for your average three-quarter length trouser-wearing progressive-bluegrass disciple. The sacred boundaries of safe and curated exploration within the comfortably avant-garde were traumatized, one ten-minute long gong solo at a time. 2017’s recollection tells of topless saxophone skanking via the BBC Radio 3 logo; abstruse jazz that made a zither and mbira look more common-place as instruments-of-choice than an acoustic guitar; ambient drone music became more grime samples and less drone music.
This second Late Junction at EOTR line-up begins with Zimpel/ Ziołek, the tentatively titled project of two of Poland’s finest underground musicians – one named Zimpel, the other Ziołek. The majority of their time was spent behind a mixing desk, blending black metal, electronica, drone and jazz with the occasional five-minute clarinet solo. Escaping an exercise in pressing buttons, a delicately finger-picked acoustic guitar leads into a section that could have easily been a Robin Pecknold solo record – the whole thing only a little confused by taking place in a bright and airy tent instead of a Warsaw basement.