Boomkat Product Review:
*Reissue of this amazing album, originally out on Miasmah* Marsen Jules, Arvo Part, Zbigniew Preisner's soundtrack work for Krzysztof Kieslowski, Deaf Center, Max Richter, Erik Satie, Alberto Iglesias - if you are familiar and into any or all of these names then this album on the exceptional Miasmah label will no doubt end up on your essential listening pile for the foreseeable future. With string arrangements provided courtesy of Stefan Wesolowski, the foundations of the album are set with Cello and Violin painting fragile outlines coloured by subtle electronic manipulations, harp, piano and reduced, haunting operatic voices. Unlike so many of his contemporaries, Michael Jacaszek doesn't make use of any samples, with everything on the album assembled by the musicians on hand (notably Maja Sieminska, Anja Smiszek-Wesolowska and Wesolowski and Jcaszek themselves) - and the subtle grandeur of the album is almost impossible to take-in over one sitting, even if the impact is absolutely immediate. Cinematic without ever feeling contrived, "Treny" is surely one of the most impressive, albums of the year.