An Anniversary: Šumski

The 30th anniversary of Šumski deserves listening of their back catalog, some extra praise for mature and masterful album “Ostrvo ledenog kita” (2018) & introduction note of minor importance for those of you who are not familiar with their left-field existence and oeuvre.

Šumski were founded in January of ’91 in Zagreb and as a peculiar band of their generation represent the last youth of SR Croatia (posljednja mladost Socijalističke Republike Hrvatske!?). Šumski’s founding stone of inspiration was an album by original hippy psych collective Amon Düül I, whose playful jamming music had briefly opened Kornel Šeper’s psychedelic third eye. Brimming with amateurish enthusiasm and carelessness young group even found the way how to enter YURM ’91 festival (the last one). Modest and now legendary Kekere Aquarium cassette label followed soon with notorious first issue KA001. When they properly learnt their instruments of choice Šumski started to resemble a band that had some things in common with music issued under Rough Trade in early to mid ’80s – arty and quirky soft rock, combined with Zagreb’s new wave heritage. Even if in recent times melancholy can reign supreme in their repertoire, Šumski were and still are creatures of light.

Slušaj taj zvuk! (nekoć pun šumova i pomalo šumast, a danas…poslušajte ih uživo čim se pruži prva prilika)

bass, vocals: Kornel Šeper
drums, percussion: Boris Begić, Berko Muratović, Ivo Urli, Petar Šakić
guitar, vocals: Marin Juraga
guitar: Javor Jeić (1991-92)

trumpet: Igor Pavlica

Lov na vile (tape, 1993)
Safari (tape, 1995)
Safari
Mali mišić i Marija
3 kućice
Jacques Tati ide na more
Baba spava (CD, 2000)
Baba spava
James Brown
Nikog nema doma
Ubićemo
Mali sat
Ronioci (CD, 2003)
Privremeni smještaj
Odlazak se odgađa
Točka G
Ronioc
Ostrvo ledenog kita (LP/CD, 2018)
Jednog dana
Prijatelji se sele na selo
Pravi izlaz
Duh mladih na verandi

bass, vocals: Kornel Šeper
drums: Viktor Krasnić
guitar, vocals: Marin Juraga
guitar: Franjo Glušac

trumpet: Igor Pavlica

bandcamp: Šumski

Record Label: Šareni dućan / Blind Dog Records

Šareni dućan bookshop from Koprivnica (Croatia) recently became small record label, a joint-venture with Blind Dog Records (Zagreb).

Here is a selection of ex-YU related vinyl issues & official reissues.

The samples (digital files) used for this post originate from previous versions.

HAUSTOR, Zagreb, Croatia

Haustor – Ulje je na vodi 2 x LP (2019)

Haustor on speed! Recorded live on 6th January 1982 at “Kulušić”, Zagreb. Quirk out!

Pali i vuci
Podne
Cijeli svijet je bolestan
Radnička klasa odlazi u raj

TALAS, Beograd, Serbia

Talas – Perfektan dan za banana ribe LP (1983, 2020)

New wave synth-pop candy ’83 for daydreamers.

Sama
Brodovi
Banana reggae

LUNA, Novi Sad, Serbia

Luna – Nestvarne stvari (1984, 2020)

Outstanding post-punk darkwave album, a local & regional masterpiece. Recorded in September ’83. Nicely reproduced (and remastered) alternative for scarce and overpriced original issue.

Fakir
Nestvarne stvari
Balder na prozoru

Šareni dućan webshop.

Memorie di una testa tagliata

Il Consorzio Suonatori Indipendenti (o C.S.I.) è stato un gruppo musicale italiano nato dalle ceneri dei CCCP-Fedeli alla linea.

Dopo la fine dei CCCP (1990), con la caduta del muro di Berlino, quel che rimaneva dei CCCP originali (Giovanni Lindo Ferretti e Massimo Zamboni, il “nucleo emiliano”) si incontra con il “nucleo toscano” in uscita dai Litfiba, composto da Gianni Maroccolo e Francesco Magnelli, che già avevano collaborato all’ultimo album dei CCCP-Fedeli alla linea, Epica Etica Etnica Pathos, insieme al loro tecnico del suono, Giorgio Canali.

Ko de mondo (1994)
Memorie di una testa tagliata
A tratti
Del mondo
Intimisto

Chi è che sa di che siamo capaci tutti
Vanificato il limite oramai
Vanificato il limite
Si avvicina l’inverno
Soffice crepitio sulla terra
Pomeriggio dolce assolato terso
Sotto un cielo slavo del Sud
Slavo cielo del Sud non senza grazia

I can’t wait to hear “Linea Gotica” (1996).

(I can. I am a patient boy.)

Stanze

Winter in Italia, again. It’s raining outside. I’ve derailed my back-and-forth racing thoughts at one stop in Bologna for this occasion. As any decade, the ’90s got its pluses and minuses. But I am not that much connected or enchanted. I simply like the period, in a distanced way, and rarely revisit. Been there, heard some of that exciting music in real time. Not Massimo Volume though. Massimo Volume are perhaps one of those Italian bands that finally caught the vibe of the times and even set themselves ahead on global level, in a noise-rock/art rock/post-rock niche. If Italians were really lagging behind to certain extent in the late ’70s and early ’80s (excepting Italodisco and maybe hardcore punk), with Massimo Volume we find them in the lead. Giusto?

Massimo Volume 1993

Stanze 1993
Stanze
Insetti
Ronald, Tomas e io
Stanze vuote

bandcamp: Massimo Volume

La buona novella

Bella Italia. Natale ’70.

Lato 1

A1 – Laudate dominum
A2 – L’infanzia di Maria
A3 – Il ritorno di Giuseppe
A4 – Il sogno di Maria
A5 – Ave Maria

(Side B is reserved for April.)

Two thousand years later…

Francesco De Gregori – Natale (1978)
Francesco De Gregori – Gesù bambino (1979)

Sretan Božić. Merry Christmas! Buon Natale.