This will be the seventh year of Vinyla awards being given to unique and original Czech musicians and bands. The expert jury made up mostly of active music publicists are going to choose the most interesting acts of 2017 in categories of Album of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Achievement of the Year.
Apart of the prize awards themselves there will be an inviting music program:
Midi Lidi (2016 Album nomination)
Kalle (2017 Album nomination)
Sýček (2017 Album nomination)
Their fans have waited for five years for a new album and the songs Give Masterpiece and Chance! have lived up to their expectations. The trio Petr Marek, Prokop Holoubek and Tomáš Kelar with their “existential electro” are once again crossing the boundaries of pop, dance music and alternative and they prove that they belong to the most distinctive (and most popular) Czech bands of the last decade. Critics agree that their fourth album with a motto “Make time for your life” is the most positive so far and has the most hits on it.
Three years ago, their two Vinyla nominations for a debut album Live didn’t go through so this year this duo from Tábor can make up for it with their second studio album Saffron Hills. Meanwhile, Veronika Buriánková a David Zeman managed to record an album with their former group Veena and were on tour with Five Seconds to Leave. Their full of emotions minimalistic lo-fi rock tells us stories from an idealistic world inhabited by fox and cat like creatures and their unique poetry is underlined by sounds of analogue instruments made of wood that were recorded in a home studio. In every aspect these songs sound like they come from the outer space.
This quartet’s origins lie in the circles around a band from České Budějovice called Noise Assault Agency Budweiss. Their minimalistic guitar mantras are rooted in the long tradition of psychedelic rock from seventies to this date as well as a bit of indie and dream pop. After the last year’s EP released on a cassette they made a debut album in 2017 on which the cycled guitar riffs are accompanied by plain Czech lyrics. However, their mission lies also in reminding us about an endangered bird species of screech-owl, hence the band’s name (Screech-owl translates as Sýček in Czech).