Pola Chobot & Adam Baran/ photo: Mateusz Stypuła

Two nights of Sofar Sounds Krakow in a row, what an epic weekend it could be! The first night was at the beautiful Goethe Institut, located in the heart of Kraków (in the Main Square). As Goethe Institut promotes German culture, some international artists played there that night.

Chilè

Chilè, Polish-Czech-French electropop trio played at the beginning of the event. The vocalist Joulie Fox is Polish, the drummer Miro Haldina is Czech and the bassist Damien Ricaud is French. Together, they play quite an interesting blend of hard bass and good melody. Speaking in Polish, Joulie Fox joked about how little she understand Miro Haldina, and how much he understands Polish language. They even gave some examples which are, unfortunately,  rather hard to explain. It was a short, but intense set. Mainly because of the bass and energy of Chilè’s music. But also because it was simply close that day. Nevertheless, the trio were great. The second song they played was their newest single Rhythm of Joy. The title speaks for itself. It was truly the rhythm that brought joy and happiness to the audience. Or it could be seeing Damien Ricaud dancing constantly with his bass swinging over his shoulder. Then, they played a song called Am I Wrong, Lykke Li’s cover I Follow Rivers and, at the end, Because of Weather. They very much tuned into the music.

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Chilè. Left to right: Damien Ricaud, Miro Haldina, Joulie Fox /photo: Mateusz Stypuła

Pola Chobot & Adam Baran

The bluesy duo Pola Chobot & Adam Baran went on to the stage right after 10 minutes break. One can tell by Chobot’s tone, that she was born to sing the blues. There is much authenticity in their music and in the raw sound of Baran’s guitar. It’s intense (once again, but in entirely different way than it was with Chilè), gripping and just amazing. The vocalist spoke quite much that evening, telling funny stories. And yet she said that she prepared more than just few stories, but she forgot them the moment she went on stage. At the beginning they played a song called Wstyd (Embarrasment), which, as Chobot said after singing the song, is the perfect title for what she felt then: she discovered that she did not hear herself singing. But the problem was fixed by our technician rightaway. When on stage, she has a little tambourine attached to her shoe – her invention – and she beats out the rhythm of the songs she sings. Then the duo played Brudno (Messily). The vocalist said that everything started with the song. They were looking for a drummer, but no one wanted to play with them, so they decided to play as a duo. And when they did, magically, everyone wanted to play with them. At Goethe Institut they performed with their friend Jarek Korzonek on drums. Pola Chobot also told a story of how she and Adam Baran decided to work at Camp America for 3 months. So they flew over: she was just a laundrywoman, he worked as a driver. There, they wrote a long piece on men in a kitchen (sung in English), heavily inspired by 1920’s, and 30’s blues. They ended their short set with that mesmerizing song. It was a marvel, people could not stop applauding.

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Left to right: Adam Baran, Jarek Korzonek, Pola Chobot / photo: Mateusz Stypuła