Newspaperflyhunting, THREE WORDS EP (2015).
- Michał Pawłowski: guitars, backing vocals
- Jacek Bezubik: guitars, lead and backing vocals
- Gosia Sutuła-Grabowska: basses, lead and backing vocals
- Krzysztof Sarna: drums
- Beata Grzegorczyk-Andrejczuk: Fender Rhodes piano
There’s something just so terribly infectious about the music of Newspaperflyhunting.
Granted, the name of the band is the weirdest thing since Annie Oakley shot three playing cards (ace of hearts, of course) at 100 yards while looking at the target through a mirror. Yes, as with Oakley, Newspaperflyhunting brings a standard of excellence to every single thing it touches and produces.
The band’s latest EP, THE THREE WORDS, is a thing of wonder, beauty, and majesty.
Though the three-song EP has a familiar Newspaperflyhunting sound, THE THREE WORDS is different from their other releases and offers the long-time listener even new aural ecstasies.
As I’ve mentioned previously, the band’s music possesses much in common with the American and British neo-psychedelic wall-of-sound revival of the late 1980s which saw the rise and glory of such bands as Opal, Mazzy Star, the Cocteau Twins, and My Bloody Valentine. Whatever the similarities, however, Newspaperflyhunting (as the name would suggest) is very much—maybe even absolutely—its own band. Other than being from Poland and believing in the purity of art, Newspaperflyhunting evades any easy labeling or categorization.
At nearly 11 minutes in length, the opening track, “3 Words,” a song ostensibly about wisdom, tradition, and loss. The song builds slowly but surely in the first two minutes, exploding at the 1:56 mark. The voice drones (appropriately) as much as sings in a longing fashion, a plea for attention and contemplation. The mood of the song changes numerous times through the 11 minutes, demanding the full immersion of the listener.
At just under 10 minutes, “Past Perfect (revisited),” track two, is a remake of an older Newspaperflyhunting song. Never satisfied with the song, the band completely rebuilt it for the THREE WORDS EP. The new version of the song is nothing short of stunning. The female vocalist especially brings the song to life, drawing the listener into introspection as well as inspiration.
“Demolished Mansions” reflects the overall themes of the EP: the loss of tradition, replaced by heartless modernity. There might also—though I speculate, nothing more—be something scriptural in the title, a loss and the death of God in our insane whirligig.
The band’s description of itself: “Formed in 2006 in Białystok, Poland. Prog/post/space rock. Longing, melancholy, and rays of light scattered throughout. Introspective music, disregarding trends or expectations.” One of the most accurate self-evaluations I’ve encountered in my life.