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The Secret Map

A 5 track post-rock album (35m 40s) — released March 2nd 2015 on Gusstaff Records

Kristen, one of the best bands in Poland, was formed in the late 1990s and since then released seven albums. Initially inspired by Chicagoan post-rock and math-rock, Kristen gradually embraced avant rock, free-jazz flexibility and delicate brushes of electronics. They expanded their basic trio on some recordings, but have continued to play live in their core format of guitar, baritone guitar, drums, sampler and vocals. Thanks to excellent concerts they found themselves touring with Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, Joe Lally, Talibam! and Karate, and playing at festivals such as Primavera Sound or Incubate.
Kristen's most recent output, "The secret map" demonstrates their amazing ability to stretch the rock template. The group enhances their trademark sound that walks the fine line between frenetic kraut/noise rock and melancholic ballads. Compared to the groups previous efforts, The Secret Map might be their most experimental work to date, preferring the slowly ascending, free roaming echoing rock semi-improvisations somewhere between The Dead C and Tarentel. But most of all, you will discover a fully developed band which seamlessly blends song-writing and improvisation, emotions and abstract soundscapes into absolutely unique music.

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