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KRÁSNÉ NOVÉ STROJE

Crossover Prog • Czech Republic


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Krásné nové stroje (meaning Beautiful New Machines), Czech Rock/Prog/Underground/Ska/Punk/Jazz/Avant (yes, all of them) is band very difficult to categorize. The band was active from 1982-1988 and then 1991 till now (more or less). Established by vocalist Stanislav Divis, guitarist Robert Nebřenský (who would later go on to start his own band Vltava) and dancer & occasional vocalist Martin Choura.

It's important to state that in Czech Republic, music issues in 80s were different from the rest of Western world a little bit. It can be considered as golden era of Czech Prog, but also as terrible time for free thinking and independent music. On most of groups except Pop and Disco music artists, communistic government was trying to suppress them as much as possible. So it wasn't easy to do something, especially as crazy as Krasne nove stroje. Luckilly, this band avoided unwanted attention quite a lot.

Saxophone/trumpet dominated sound, songs that changes pace and tempo very quickly, extremely weird lyrics (I would compare it to Zappa's work, but more in Czech style) and a lot of other ingredients makes this very unique experience.
There can be heard influence (mostly because of saxophone and weird lyrics) of famous The Plastic People of the Universe, categorized here as RIO/Avant.

They were unique by their way of performing live gigs, musicians with wild makeups, moving frantically when playing on state.

Sadly, the only materials from their main era is one demo, three live albums and sadly, no LP. They only appeared on compilation of few new Czech groups called Four Tops, which is however extremely rare nowadays, so their main body of work, over 2 hours of music, is formed by two CD's from 90s.

These 2 albums are free to download and each link is on albums pages (in release notes).

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Adapted biography from Czech Television site special about Czech 80s music.
by Marty McFly

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4.00 | 4 ratings
Muze horici sojka zapalit les
2000
3.95 | 4 ratings
Prisne tajne
2002

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 Prisne tajne by KRÁSNÉ NOVÉ STROJE album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.95 | 4 ratings

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Prisne tajne
Krásné nové stroje Crossover Prog

Review by Sheavy
Collaborator Progressive Electronic Team

4 stars Second album from KNS, and it is in the same vein as the previous album, but this one sounds a bit more focused, and the production is better, with the instruments sounding a bit fuller to my ears. The songs also seem a bit better in terms of songwriting. The guitarist is the biggest improvement here. On the previous album, his guitar tended to kind of get lost in the mix, with horns being the dominant instrument, but here the guitar stands out a lot more, and on top of that, he seems to have improved his playing a ton to. He was not bad by any means, but here there are some very excellent guitar pyrotechnics that really shine. Not the best guitarist ever, but not shabby at all, and, not afraid to show what he can pull off.

Spojler, is one of my favorite tracks here, because it has the aforementioned pyrotechnics, as well as some avant garde trumpet ( or some other brass instrument, not really sure ). Another standout is Strahov, which starts off with some humorous vocals, which are then copied by a piano. This one has a very jazzy feel to it. This is a more laid back song, but very good.

Zamračen', has a bass line that sounds EXACTLY like the theme from Peter Gunn. This is also a standout for me, because that riff is very, very catchy, and memorable. This song later gets rather chaotic with a bunch of blaring horns, that are reminiscent of a lot of Jazzy Avant Garde bands. I honestly think this band would fit perfectly within the Avant Garde sub-genre, but I can also see why they would be put under Crossover.

Not quite a five star, but a stellar album, and again it is free.

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 Muze horici sojka zapalit les by KRÁSNÉ NOVÉ STROJE album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Krásné nové stroje Crossover Prog

Review by Sheavy
Collaborator Progressive Electronic Team

4 stars A very different sound going on here, than almost anything else here on the Archives. This band was formed during the Czech Republic's communist era, and weren't able to easily get the music they made out and heard. The only existing offerings from the communist period are limited to a few live albums, and sadly no full length studio album. This album and the following were recorded after this communist period, and show no sign of Krasne having lost any energy.

They are highly intriguing albums, with a very unique sound, that combines many, many different aspects of music. The best way I can describe their sound is, The basic foundation is punk, which then got a horn section, with the stage antics of Peter Gabriel times ten, and a big Avant Garde influence.

Now, on to the music, as you would probably expect wit such musical influences, this music is normally pretty fast and punkish, with some weird harmonies, and some very complex parts. I do not understand the lyrics, but it is pretty easy to tell that they are fun, happy, and strange. there are many times that I wish I could know what they were saying, but in a way it almost adds something to the music not knowing what they are saying. It is like travelling to a different place, that you do not fully understand, but that you absolutely love.

There are many songs that I really love here. Černá s černou starts off with some nice bass, then gets some keyboards, which then in comes the horn section, and some vocals. This is one of the songs I really wish I knew the lyrics, because the singer will sing something, then go into a really funny fake laugh. It just absolutely makes my day, even if I have no clue what he is saying, this goes on with a cool keyboard solo in the middle. Five star song, very complex, yet extremely catchy, with a beat that would appeal to many people that might not be into Prog.

Česká věc is another great song, with a another contagious punk like foundation, but with a heap of Prog built on top. The horn section and the vocalist work very well in this song together as with Černá s černou. This as a nice saxophone part, as well as another short but good keyboard part.

There are lots of other songs that are wonderful, but I try not to "spoil" albums by writing to much specifics about what is on the inside. I just have to say that the one thing holding this back from being perfect, is that, towards the end of the album, almost every single song has a spoken intro, or a "song" that is only speaking, I would be able to not be annoyed by this I think if I knew what was being said, and it pains me, but I cannot give this a masterpiece because of this. I do think they are probably amusing because during the opener Autority, he says something about John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu, and I am pretty sure I heard Einstein in there too.

Highly recommended, guaranteed to make your day brighter, and hey, this is a near masterpiece that is a free download (as well as the other album ) on their website. No reason at all to not get this fun loving band.

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 Prisne tajne by KRÁSNÉ NOVÉ STROJE album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.95 | 4 ratings

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Krásné nové stroje Crossover Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars Some may say Punk & Ska, I'll then reply - taking these genres to heights unseen before. Of course, conditions when this was born were weird and terrible (communism tightening, but craziness was on the rise). And so KNS was born. This album, Přísně tajné (Top Secret) isn't from pre-revolution '89, it's from 00s, but who knows for sure, as with a lot of things about KNS, it's not so certain.

However it remains crazy. Some people say that these "new" two albums aren't as crazy, weird and adventurous as old material, but from past, there is no studio album as far as I know, so I suppose I should get on with these two great anyway albums. Except elements I already mentioned, there is certain Plastic People feeling (listen Noční chodec, "Night Walker", there it is very strong), especially because of saxophone. There are however songs like Haslerka, drunken take on famous Czech song.

A lot of songs are Jazz tinged (drumming in particular is the most prominent). But what is the most interesting is how all songs evolved from mere Punk'n'Ska tunes to something more complex and mature. And if you happen to understand lyrics, you'll know that they can be quite funny & weird at the same time, as it usually is.

4(-), not as good as previous album though.

But because it's free to download, I suppose that it barely (very barely) makes 4. Go for their previous albums first.

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