Polish keyboard and guitar player Czesław Niemen (1939-2004) formed the short-lived progressive rock band Niemen Aerolit in 1974. The death of drummer Piotr Dziemski in 1975 put an end to the group and Niemen embarked in solo projects that led him to a successful career as a rock musician and folk singer during the 1970s and ’80s.
♫ Katharsis, released 1975 under the N.AE. moniker, is one of his more experimental efforts, an electronic concept album entirely composed on vintage synthesizers like Moog, Mellotron and EMS. Some tracks come from the music for a stage play after Romantic poet Juliusz Słowacki (3, 4 and 8). Two tracks only have lyrics, the closing Epitafium/Pamieci Piotra, or Epitaph/In Memory of Piotr, an homage to drummer Dziemski, and #6 Z Listu do M., or From a Letter to M. The instrumentals are short electronic vignettes close to ZNR’s first LP Barricades 3, 1976, or Brian Eno’s Music for Films, 1978, for instance. The CD reissue of Katharsis was posted by several other bloggers, but I thought I would offer a nice analogue rip of this masterpiece.
01 Odkrycie Nowej Galaktyki (2:15)
02 Mleczna Droga (3:16)
03 Planeta Ziemia (6:45)
04 Fatum (2:25)
05 Pieczec (2:54)
06 Z Listu do M. (4:46)
07 Proba Ucieczki (2:40)
08 Katharsis (4:47)
09 Epitafium/Pamieci Piotra (4:05)
Total time 34:00
LP released by Polskie Nagrania Muza, ref. SX 1262, Poland, 1975