After their 2011 "Puzzles" double album, the Polish art rockers are delivering their seventh regular longplayer with "Ego". The work consists of six pieces, four of which last about ten minutes. It deals with "life in the modern world and the longing for the long past". Accordingly, a discreet melancholy runs like a red thread through the pieces, mostly spun from the melodies of Lukasz Gall, who knows how to perform them with a clear voice. The unagitated Artrock of the Quintet integrates different styles. So the opener and title track comes with electronic elements reminiscent of Mike Oldfield or Tangerine Dream, but also offers acoustic guitars. The nostalgic "Born In 67" is rather pop and musical-like. "When I Fall", on the other hand, begins as a touching piano ballad and ends with a rhythmically tricky rock piece full of strings and an appealing guitar solo. All in all the album is convincingly produced, but maybe a bit too smoothly polished and provided with too many powder sugar melodies. Just a feeling of well-being and melancholy throughout.
Top Track: When I Fall