1. Marginal Music

 

Text: The song is about the fact that today music can be listened to for free, so listeners do not buy records, and consequently ambitious musicians have to make a living from something else (teaching, mixing, playing at weddings). In the apocalyptic middle part, we threaten that if you listen to cheesy music during your lifetime, you will listen to it for eternity (we have our pseudo-scientific theory for this, which we will share someday).

 

Musical inspirations: Bizet’s Opera Carmen

 

Mood: Intro and stanzas are maintained in a meditative and persuasive mood typical of our music (see Discounted Blessings), while bridge is progressive metal in its catastrophic vein.

 

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Thanks, Tomek! Marvelous! Steven Pinker, Harvard psychologist

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2. Discounted Blessings

 

 

Text: This piece speaks about the ingratitude of modern societies towards innovators and other benefactors of humanity, among whom we distinguish two particularly underestimated groups, i.e. merchants/retailers and logisticians. In an exceptionally poignant refrain, we present a vision of the ninth circle of hell, which, according to Dante, awaits all ingrates.

 

Musical inspirations: Verdi’s Requiem, intro to And Justice for All by Metallica

 

Mood: As in the previous piece, but in the refrain, instead of metal instrumentation there are heavy orchestral blasts invoking neo-romanticism.

 

Reactions of the pre-release audience:

One could say that you combine meditation with persuasion, and you do in an unobvious way. Krzysztof Biedrzycki, literary scholar from Warsaw

3. Liberal Anthem

 

 

Text: In this song/hymn, we postulate the creation of the Church of John Stuart Mill, which would promote rational, liberal, humanistic values while criticizing populism, demagogy, brutality and authoritarianism.

 

Musical inspirations: Hej, żeglujże, żeglarzu (16th-century Kashubian song), All Tomorrow’s Parties by Velvet Underground

 

Mood: The first part, describing the practices of today’s populists and authoritarianists, is maintained in a dark rock mood, that the pre-release audience associated with Genesis and Marillion. The majestic and joyful second part, with Ignacy Matuszewski’s brilliant melotron trumpets solo, is reminiscent of Yes (our dream is that Jon Anderson would sing it one day).

 

Reactions of the pre-release audience:

A revelation for me!!! A mood of the “old”, ambitious, less “commercial” Genesis and Marillion with Fish. Bogdan, musician from Kraków

 

I like the last part very much, from 3:09 when the church organ and then the trumpets enter. It sounds really good. I have come back to this part several times. It’s catchy and there is a nice momentum to it. It really sounds like an anthem, I can imagine a huge crowd of people singing it. I am impressed. Well done. Witek Turopolski, translator from Kraków

Just brilliant ! Boy oh boy we need some reason and enlightenment values at the moment. Beautiful music and lyrics.And "All Tomorrow's Parties" is a top notch song also. David Anderson, writer from New

York

Sweet and committed song for the well-being of humanity without demonizing modernity and the progress of science. Our responsibility commits us to imagine a better world by continuing to advance science and human values, and by correcting the mistakes that are imposed on us. philonico, musician from france

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4. Where You Should Go

 

 

Text: An ode in praise of our patron, Steven Pinker - we celebrate him as a defender of reason, science and Enlightenment and a potential saviour of humanity.

 

Musical inspirations: Dear Prudence by The Beatles, Horizons by Fleetwood Mac, Monteverdi’s madrigals

 

Mood: Cheerful melotron flutes give way in the bridge to a fear-inspiring and haunting combination of harpsichord and synthesizer guitar, and the ending is lofty and monumental.

 

Reactions of the pre-release audience:

Beautiful. Majka from kraków

Look at how Tomasz, like a modern minnesänger, praises Steven Pinker’s thought, and follow his example! Ignacy Matuszewski, keyboard player and music producer from Kraków

5. Polonaise for the Middle Class

 

 

Text: We bust the myth promoted by anti-capitalists that globalisation has impoverished the middle class - a myth that is a blatant insult especially to the 600 million Chinese who had lived in poverty, but joined the ranks of the global Middle Class thanks to globalisation.

Musical inspirations: The main theme was taken from the “Polonaise” part of Bach’s French Suite, but somehow the fourth beat slipped in and the polonaise came out quite unusual, namely in a quadruple rather than triple beat.

Mood: The mood is haunting, poignant and desperate, because we try to put ourselves in the shoes of the despised and disregarded middle class. Most frequent association: Marillion

 

Reactions of the pre-release audience:

This is... haunting. Kasia from Elbląg

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6. Joyce of the Market

 

 

Text: A tribute to the New Ireland, it’s fate compared with the history of Poland. The title pun is supposed to suggest that instead of indulging in martyrdom, Messianism and blunderbuss worship, it is better to bet on values which are more mundane, but at the same time less violent and more conducive to human happiness and development, namely the joys of the free market.

 

Musical inspirations: The Irish anthem transposed to the minor key, The Lamia by Genesis (progression of fifths)

 

Mood: Irish bagpipes (uilleann pipe), organs and heavy metal guitars create an atmosphere so peculiar that we are unable to describe it.

 

Reactions of the pre-release audience:

Only now I listened to “Ireland” for the first time - I like this guitar riff, I like the organ again and your voice sounds pretty good. Witek Turopolski, translator from Kraków

7. Sibelian Eclipse

 

 

Text: In this work we compare two styles of writing, arguing and approaching the world, one exemplified by Karl Marx and the other by the little-known Swedish-Finnish pastor Max Chydenius, who nine years before Adam Smith authored the concept of the invisible hand, today completely misunderstood.

 

Musical inspirations: Violin Concerto by Sibelius (the title is meant as an allusion to Siberian Kathru by Yes)

 

Mood: We used a pseudo-Wagnerian trick with leitmotifs, the fragments devoted to Chydenius are meant to sound angelic, and those talking about Marx are devilish.

 

Reactions of the pre-release audience:

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8. Dance Macabre

 

 

Text: In this song we list some of the logical errors and bad thinking habits discussed by Steven Pinker, which make people blind to progress and therefore seeing the present far too pessimistically.

 

Musical inspirations: Work by Camil Saint-Saens under the same title

 

Mood: A slightly ominous xylophone turns into various dangerous and ominous rumbles.

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9. Inequality in Blue

 

 

Text: This polyphonic blues criticises Thomas Piketty’s stance on inequality, which, as Pinker explains, is largely wrong.

 

Musical inspirations: Since I’ve Been Loving You by Led Zeppelin (the inspiration is, however, limited to adding more voices to a blues)

 

Mood: As always meditative, but it is difficult to escape associations with Pink Floyd (see below)

 

Reactions of the pre-release audience:

My first associations are with early Pink Floyd and Gary Moore’s solos. Arek Belczyk, translator from Bielsko

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