"II" is a sophomore album from Polish instrumental group ARRM (featuring members of Thaw, Furia). It contains 4 brand new tracks that expand band's psychedelic sound, merging influences as diverse as spiritual jazz and modern electronic music.
"Of course there are some similarities with our debut album but we're keen on trying new things, including new instruments such as straight bass," admits Artur Rumiński (guitar). "Majority of our new music is the outcome of improv sessions we held in our rehearsal space. After coming up with some riff ideas we built more complex musical structures and played around with them until we decided that we reached our common goal," he adds.
"II" took 2 years to make, mainly due musicians' other commitments. "I wouldn't call ARRM a typical rockband and that's mainly due to the way our music evolves outside of what you could call a traditional song structure. We tend to go with the flow, give each note it's due. It requires patience and time. It's a long journey," Rumiński explains.
"In terms of influences, we focused mainly on spiritual jazz from the 70s. I would also add Popol Vuh, folk, afrobeat and of course drone, ambient, dub. We filtered this through our sensitivity and the outcome of this approach can be heard on 'II'," he says. If you're surprised by this wide range of musical genres then you need to learn that ARRM don't limit their live appearances to your typical rock shows. "We play various festivals and venues: starting from metal ones up to psychedelic and noise-focused," Rumiński admits.
released December 6, 2019
Artur Rumiński - double neck and acoustic guitar
Maciej Śmigrodzki - synthesizers and piano
Rafał Miciński - double bass and bass guitar
Michał Leks - drums and percussions
Wacław Zimpel clarinet on Birth
Jacek Dzwonowski violin on Sinking in Depression
Recorded and mixed by Krzysztof Kurek
Monochrome Studio March 2019
Mastered by Marcin Bociński at Legatomastering
Cover art by Bartosz Tymosiewicz
Photography by Tomasz Młynarski
Layout by Łukasz Hajduk
One of the best bands of the last decade. No question. Their discography is fantastic. This album and their Stone Garden EP are some of the best psychedelic projects to be released in the last 5 years. Absolutely top people too. So nice. Met them in Indianapolis in February 2019. Go is a sweetheart. Guruguru Brain is swell label too. maxdenari