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Founded in Brno, second largest Czech city and center of Moravian cultural life, 1986 was the year that saw creation of group Kolektiv (meaning Collective). Iva Bittová & Josef Kolsovský handled vocals, Josef Ostøanský & Pavel Richter guitar, Vladimír Václavek bass and finally Pavel Fajt drums. However, all members had their own projects, so they performed quite sporadically at the time.

However, in 1989 saw band alive again, releasing LP Dunaj a Iva Bittová, performing few concerts, but Bittová and Richter left shortly after this period, so Kolsovský became guitarist and frontman. Zdenìk Plachý shortly server as group's keyboardist, being on second album Rosol (Jelly) in 1991, quite dark album. After support tour, band broke up again, but ressurected shortly after in 1992.

This incarnation was longest lasting, with Kolsovský, Václavek, Ostøanský and new drummer Pavel Koudelka. Band recorded two albums, Dudlay in 1993 and IV in 1994. Then Bittová and Fajt joined again, releasing album Pustit musís (Release/Leave You Must) which were re-recorded tracks from their debut along with some new material. Interesting fact is that both Koudelka and Fajt are drumming here. Six members toured, but their last album La La Lai was without them this time.

Group disbanded in 1998, shortly before Kolsovský's death. However, all surviving members remained active in the Czech music scene (some of them possibly Prog). There were reunion concerts with changing constellation from most of past Dunaj members.

Dunaj therefore was one of the more active and lasting bands on Czech scene, managing to release 6 very quality albums, being kind of legend of Czech Avant scene.

Written by Martin M.(cFly)

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4.00 | 13 ratings
Iva Bittová + Dunaj
4.40 | 15 ratings
4.07 | 9 ratings
3.50 | 4 ratings
4.12 | 6 ratings
Pustit musís
3.75 | 4 ratings
La La Lai

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 Pustit musís by DUNAJ album cover Studio Album, 1995
4.12 | 6 ratings

Pustit musís
Dunaj RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars And so tales of weird imagination continues. Pustit musí? (Release You Must - yes, exactly in this word order, which this time features Iva Bittová. I'm not sure how well known she is outside my country, but here she is regarded as one of the best vocalists, showing big range of heights voice can reach and also various

Album is weird (as we are used), done in Dunaj unique style with Václavek's characteristic strong bass guitar line. Songs are usually fast paced (this adds to them crazy), usually featuring numerous instruments at once. Drumming is frantic, but that's exactly how I feel it's fitting to this kind of music.

Actually the most distinct "instrument" are Bittová's vocals, sadly not all Dunaj albums are featuring her skills. Fortunately, she has prolific solo discography.

Lyrics are again weird. Not nonsensical (as with U? jsme doma lyrics), but strange themes (Spiders, Freak interested in girls, Spoiled girls, Flawed relationships), often using metaphorical references and other poetical elements, while music more than solidly accompanies it.

Some tracks features also synthesizers, something I didn't notice before (V bílém for example, but it's not so clear to hear, it's far from being prominent instrument)-

4(+), neat little album, not too ambitious, but providing what we like.

CULTURAL NOTE: 90's were era of dealing with communism matters, finding own way and newly acquired freedom. Therefore, there was a lot of experimentation and completely new world that has opened to Czech artists. This is why Czech alternative scene is so strong.

I also hope that it's not too bad for you that you don't understand lyrics.

 Dudlay by DUNAJ album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.07 | 9 ratings

Dunaj RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars Finally I'm able to review this obscure Czech groups that was formed by very skilled musicians and (as you can read in a biography I've written for you), with many changes in members.

This music is listed as rio/Avant, do you want to know why ? Mostly because big and very strong element here is not melodic, but dissonant and even those that normally aren't enjoying this kind of music (ahem Marty) are pleased now.

Do you like The Plastic People of the Universe ? Well, welcome home wayward son, vocals here are very similar. A lot of repeating words, strange harmony in weird arrangements, almost psychedelic rhythm that's quite hypnotic. Iva Bittová isn't on this album, same as Pavel Fajt, but other musicians compensates for them well.

Some English lyrics tracks as well, more or less on the same basis. Between singing, there is space given to more or less exploring solos, but that's all.

4(-), I don't think this is the best music to hear after waking up, but otherwise, when you are full of normal amount of energy, it's perfect.

Good shot for Czech Avant.

Thanks to evolutionary sleeper for the artist addition.

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