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Founded in Otwock (Warsaw), Poland in 2002

The band is named after a Polish soft drink based on orange juice. Formed in 2002 ORANZADA consists of musicians from the Warsaw periphery and originates from a hippie-punk outfit named Pawilony. Their main influences are psychedelic, krautrock and post punk. Guitarist Michal Krysztofiak, Robert Derlatka (bass), and drummer Artur Rzempoluch are the core members who collaborate with changing musicians when recording songs for their particular albums.

The trio started to work with energy and fresh ideas. New songs were created, they started playing concerts and sought promotion. Some airplay at the Polish Radio gathered many friendly opinions, the more and more frequent concerts full of people made them optimistic.The style of the band became clearer, however hard to classify. In Oranzada's music one can find echoes of new wave and punk, the climate of the 60's, the motor activity and trance of krautrock, all garnished with a psychedelic sauce.

The band entered the OBUH Records studio lead by Wojcek Czern, a well-known figure of Polish underground. In specific conditions, with perfect equipment from the era, in a fully analog production, the first album was made, simply named 'Oranzada', released in 2005 by Ars Mundi. One year later the second album 'Drzewa W Sadzie Zdzikly' was made in a completely different environment than the first one - the warm, analog-valve studio was replaced with an austere basement and a computer. Due to more and more concerts in Poland and Germany they could gather a solid fanbase.

The formation was joined by Maciek Labudzki (ex Zywiolak), implementing new sounds. Congas, different kinds of percussions, flute, trumpets appeared. After a few months of common rehearsals, ORANZADA recorded the material for the third album, called 'Samsara' (2010). Their current effort 'Once Upon A Train' - released on German MicroFon Records label - is provided with a concept story about a railway line and presents a worthwhile blend of psychedelic, folk and ethno music.

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3.05 | 3 ratings

Once Upon A Train
Oranzada Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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3 stars Once upon a time ... oh, wait ... the title is 'Once Upon A Train' I see, literally speaking both suits though. Here we have the current album of this Polish psych band from Warsaw which has a proper fanbase in the German neighbourhood too in the meanwhile. This is their fourth effort for what I know, hence it's clear that they are rather experienced, underway for some years now. The story is about a train ride between Otwock and Wawer, taking place in 1935, where maybe only a few at this time might have reckoned that the German Fascist Army would invade this country later on - which marked the beginning of World War II.

Now their journey is featuring ten stations in total, equivalent to the ten consisting songs.The digipack is provided with a nice booklet consisting of brown shaded pictures. Explanatory notes are given both in Polish and English - overall something interesting to explore in any case. Musically they are offering a relaxed melange of psychedelic, ethno/world and folk here. You won't find regular drums on this album, only diverse percussion instruments. On Otwock the flute is implementing some locomotive noise, the track is wonderfully meandering furthermore, lead by tribal percussion and psychedelic guitar. Falenica shows a rare trumpet appearance complementing the latin fundament.

While blending a spacey ambience with a Balkan beat Jozefow is a wondering thing by all means. Finally the train arrives at Wawer - a suburb of Warsaw today. 'Jamaica music is religion' ... which means dub space is the name of the game on this occasion - sounding in a quite optimistic mood anyway. 'Once Upon A Train' is released on German Microfon Records and worth it to explore. However, 30 minutes of music altogether for a regular album is little I'd say, speaking of some sort of disadvantage. Quite a few songs could have been stretched without further ado. Nonetheless this album can entertain, is really multi-layered, a nice workout all in all.

Thanks to rivertree for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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