"II" is a second album from Poland's improvising supergroup Innercity Ensemble consisting of members of the following bands: HATI, Stara Rzeka, Alameda 3, Dwutysięczny, Contemporary Noise Sextet. "II" is double album and will come out in a limited run of only 500 copies courtesy of Instant Classic label.
Innercity Ensemble came into public attention thanks to "Katahdin" - a debut album released two years ago. - Since then almost everything changed, mostly the fact that we finally got to know each other - says Kuba Ziołek (of Stara Rzeka, Alameda 3 fame). - We're constantly in touch, we meet at the concerts. Thanks to that album we even started some musical collaborations leading to different musical directions. "Katahdin" was created on a strange basis of being very focused. The recordings of "II" were quite different and felt more natural, liberating - he adds.
"II" is divided into two cd's - "white" and "black" covered with artwork by Kuba Sokólski (Merkabah). - Black and white are the most radical opposites. Between them there is everything else. And I guess "everything else" is what we find most interesting - explains Ziołek.
Innercity Ensemble's debut was recorded on a course of three days in Mózg club in Bydgoszcz. This time they decided to hold the recording session in a beautiful Palace in Ostromecko. Engineered by Jarek Hejmann, mixed by Ziołek and mastered by Michał Kupicz, the album is still largely based in improvisation. - We had only one track composed before the recording but even this one on the cd sounds different than it was supposed to - says Ziołek. - Improsation that productive and leading to such interesting compositions wouldn't be possible if we didn't carry the music in ourselves - those rythms, melodies and sounds - adds Rafał Iwański (HATI, X-NaVI:et).
"II" is promoted by the single "White 1" with an accompanying video by Danuta Kiewłen: youtu.be/Didb1mFwaj8