An Anniversary: Šumski

The 30th anniversary of Šumski is a nice occasion to listen to their back catalog & to give some extra praise for mature and masterful album “Ostrvo ledenog kita” (2018).

Šumski were founded in Zagreb in January of ’91 and as a peculiar band of their generation represent the last youth of SR Croatia. Šumski’s primary source 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 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 legacy. Even if in recent times melancholy can reign supreme in their repertoire, Šumski were always and still are creatures of light.

*as opposed to hard/heavy or hardcore

Slušaj taj zvuk!

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
Jacques Tati ide na more
Baba spava (CD, 2000)
Baba spava
Ubićemo
Mali sat
Ronioci (CD, 2003)
Privremeni smještaj
Odlazak se odgađa
Ronioc
Ostrvo ledenog kita (LP/CD, 2018)
Jednog dana
Prijatelji se sele na selo
Duh mladih na verandi

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

trumpet: Igor Pavlica

bandcamp: Šumski

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
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. I simply like music from that period 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
Ronald, Tomas e io
Stanze vuote

bandcamp: Massimo Volume