Bartleby, a Brno project, combines dulcimer and rap on a new album

27 April 2020, 1:00
Bartleby, a Brno project, combines dulcimer and rap on a new album

The Brno-based music project Bartleby brings together the Czech Slam poetry champion Ondřej Hrabal (aka TKCR, rap) and double bassist Jakub Nožička (ex-Ponk). Their joint album features guests such as Michal Grombiřík, Michal Procházka, Matěj Štefík and Marek Kotača. The final mix and mastering of the album named #happiness was done in the studio of Jiří Topol Novotný.

The Bartleby project resulted from a jam of the national champion in slam poetry TKCR and double bassist Jakub Nožička (ex - Ponk) at a café in Uherské Hradiště. Their inspiration from Herman Melville's short story corresponds well with what is currently going on in the world. Bartleby reflects a time of self-deception, an effort to create a false identity and values. The couple works with satire and parody. The first rehearsals and work on the album took place remotely. "I left for the UK for half a year, where I created most of the lyrics for the semi-finished beats that Kuba sent me over the net. But I don't like to send unfinished things, so he had no idea if I had done anything at all; he had to trust me all the time. After returning, we started recording and fortunately it turned out that we function great together even when we perform live," adds TCKR.

A number of guests were also involved in the birth of the album. The dulcimer players  Michal Grombiřík (Petr Bende, Tomáš Kočko, Cirkus Problem) and Michal Procházka (CimbalBand, Voxel), drummer Matěj Štefík (Carpet Cabinet), saxophonist Marek Kotača, singer Marie Puttnerová (Jablkoň, Půljablkoň, Zvíře jménem podzim), rapper Kleopatra and folk violinist Pavel Koplík. The final version of the album was completed in the studio of Jiří Topol Novotný. The album's spectacular cover is full of artistic photographs by Tony Šmotek and quotes from the short story Bartleby; all visual identity was processed by the graphic artist Gabriela Polomíková.

You can listen to the whole #happiness album here.

Bartleby/ photo by Lukáš Velecký

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