If fresh, interesting folk music moved units like bad pop does, Olenka Krakus and her bandmates would be zillionaires. The songs on this self-titled release are passionate, beautiful and unmistakably alive, infused with Old World instrumentation and vibrancy (which makes sense, as Olenka’s Polish). In particular, Iron Pump is a startling, outstanding song, one of various waltzes on this offering that tell stories that feel ancient and timeless. Other standout tracks include Kochana and Ballad of Lonely Bear but there’s absolutely no filler here. This is a peculiar, engaging listen that I can’t wait to do all over again.
Olenka And The Autumn Lovers