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Myzlkypop gives us with “a work of fiction pre Pandemic, pre Referendum” where avant-pop from Zappa to Ze Records shines through this meticulously crafted song cycle, played on vintage instruments and uniquely voiced by Sylwia in an entirely European voice that is cliché free and commands the song.


The sentiments expressed are still prescient and dear to my heart. Many catalysts not least spending decades as a gun for hire writer/ musician since the heady days in Detroit working with Was ( Not Was) until I could resist no longer and decided to do my music my way with zero compromise or commercial consideration. Meeting Sylwia Anna Drwal by chance at the Audacious Art Experiment gave me the voice. An entirely European voice that is cliche free and commands the song. Kiedy Wilki Zawyja? When Will The Wolves Howl? - Mick Somerset June 2021

"This feels like you’ve pushed past bric-a-brac and moth eaten furniture at some market in an obscure French village to shuffle through old trash 70s vinyl to discover a lost, unheard, psychedelic masterpiece. One with all the mystery of a forgotten time and place but one strangely undiscovered, a lost continent of … well I’m not sure what, but it’s beautifully weird and wonderful.  I’m writing this on Halloween, how perfect. An album that reeks of real Gothic, damp dark and macabre, not faux Primark Goth fancy dress and pumpkins but genuinely unsettling. It could sit alongside any Giallo – Italian noir horror – without discomfort. I could run this behind The Wickerman and get a proper sense of what was going on - raw buzzing, not folktronica but something much more unsettling with added hormones and creepiness. Like Jodorowksy’s Holy Mountain relocated to a dark and nocturnal Eastern Europe.  But this is a record with spit and polish, beautifully composed and produced: clearly crafted with love and attention, but built on shifting sands. It travels from brittle funk, somewhere between the body movement of the Contortions and peak madness Ornette Coleman, to wash up gently on Nico’s Desert Shore. Enmeshed in there is mutant soul, David Axelrod on a sabbatical and oddly Gregorian incantations. A voice from another dimension glimpsed through dark veils, I feel I should be burning some esoteric oils and throwing flickering projections onto walls.  Past worlds aside this is a future we could be turning our backs on… I wish everyone could have played this record before the referendum, we wouldn’t be pulling up the shutters."  - Stephen Mallinder 


Michael Somerset Ward - keyboards, electronics, percussion,
electric and acoustic woodwinds

Sylwia Anna Drwal - vocals and narratives


Simon Lewinski - guitar, keyboards,
Philippe Clegg - bass guitar, Jarrod Gosling - drums, mellotron,
Peter Fairclough - drums, Charlie Collins – percussion,
Matthew Bourne - piano, Maartin Ornstein – tarogato,
Peter Rophone - bass guitar, Beatrix Ward-Fernandez - castanets,
Cath James - viola, Wolfgang Seel - vocals,
Milan and Maja - voices


There are other words that precede it but, as is right and just, the first proper word on Mzylkypop‘s Kiedy Wilki Zawyja? is “Kurwa”. Which you’ll recognise as being the most popular swear among Polish people. The record details a fictional dystopia in the 2030s, but there’s a clear tension around the now of the UK — lyrics interchangeably in Polish and English, narratives about immigration and dispossession. For the most part, my Polish isn’t strong enough to discern the Polish parts beyond the odd noun like boga and ubrania — but my partner, who’s from Gdańsk, popped her head into the room to say that it sounds well Polish. I’m not sure what that means, but I think it’s possibly because there’s a strong narrative to the music — it’s still jazz, in a sense, but it’s also jazz-informed arrangements. Like bleary fairground music or some ersatz lounge, distended in service of something most gothular. Possibly most surprising, and pleasing, is Kiedy Wilki Zawyja? this is a cohesive, well-formed and well-arranged set of songs that are all over the place — there’s patches of rackets, free jazz-y sections, stuff that sounds distinctly like folk plainsong (replete with recorders and all). And yet the record is over and done with in about half an hour — which is to say, not an ounce of fat or bloated over-egging. Seemingly the record is the composition of Michael Somerset Ward, who I’m sure older readers will remember from Clock DVA, but there’s a lot about this record that feels pulled together by Sylwia Anna Drwal‘s vocals — hers is a new name on me, so I’m hoping to hear more soon. For my money Kiedy Wilki Zawyja? is a record that leans into the post-Brexit shiterland that is the UK, and does so with quiet observation and humour, rather than anything too garishly signified. Top marks, Mzylkypop, bardzo dzięki. - Kev Nickells, FREQ