This record is the reissue of Stefan Wesolowski's first album, Kompleta, which was composed in 2006 and released on Gusstaff Records in 2008. Given that he was only 21 at the time, a record which was considered a first attempt now seems something of a master work. It portrays a universe deeply influenced by sacred music and offers clear, direct compositions and liturgical chants which are powerful vectors for emotion. These songs are interpreted by Stefan Wesolowski himself accompanied by Maja Siemińska and their work fits together wonderfully. The record also marks the beginning of a beautiful friendship with the composer Michal Jacaszek who did the electronic arrangements. This worked so well that they have collaborated on several other projects since. A tangible spirituality emanates from these 9 tracks, providing a contemplative, introspective experience for listeners.
Kompleta is mainly based on strings (violins, viola, cello) but also manages to distance itself from traditional compositional methods by including subtle electronic touches to help anchor the work in a resolutely progressive dynamic. It is also interesting to note how Wesolowski decides not to choose between the spheres of heritage and modernity - on the contrary he seeks a balance between the two without ever deforming or betraying his sources of inspiration.
In around 30 minutes, Stefan Wesolowski marks the start of a remarkable career. The Mind Travels Series is under the spell of this record and happy to be able to offer Kompleta a new lease of life, fittingly illustrated by a fine new serie of photographs by Françis Meslet. The album has been re-mastered and will be released on CD and for the first time as a vinyl LP. It is a record for all lovers of Modern-classical and contemporary music looking for new sounds to go with their albums by Greg Haines, Arvo Pärt, Nils Frahm, Steve Reich, Hildur Gudnadottir, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Jóhann Jóhannsson... For other listeners, it is an ideal gateway to these universes where elegance and intensity are key.
released August 1, 2015
Mind Travels Serie – MT04
CD, LP, Digital Album, Reissue, Remastered
Remastered At – GS Mastering & Post
Recorded At – Radio Gdańsk
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Stefan Wesolowski
Copyright (c) – Ici D'Ailleurs
Published by (c) - Mute Song Ltd
Arranged By – Stefan Wesołowski
Arranged By [Electronics] – Michał Jacaszek
Artwork – Francis Meslet
Cello – Ania Śmiszek-Wesołowska
Composed By – Stefan Wesołowski
Mastered By – Michał Jacaszek
Mixed By – Michał Jacaszek
Recorded By – Jacek Puchalski
Remastered By – Anders Peterson
Viola – Michał Markiewicz
Violin – Julia Ziętek, Robert Kwiatkowski
Vocals – Maja Siemińska, Stefan Wesołowski
MIND TRAVELS SERIES N°4 / Part four of the Ici d'ailleurs new collection "Mind Travels". Comes in a 3-panel digisleeve, with new artwork by Francis Meslet.