“II” is a sophomore album from Polish instrumental group ARRM (featuring members of Thaw, Furia). It contains 4 brand new tracks that expand band’s psychedelic sound, merging influences as diverse as spiritual jazz and modern electronic music.
“Of course there are some similarities with our debut album but we’re keen on trying new things, including new instruments such as straight bass,” admits Artur Rumiński (guitar). “Majority of our new music is the outcome of improv sessions we held in our rehearsal space. After coming up with some riff ideas we built more complex musical structures and played around with them until we decided that we reached our common goal,” he adds.
“II” took 2 years to make, mainly due musicians’ other commitments. “I wouldn’t call ARRM a typical rockband and that’s mainly due to the way our music evolves outside of what you could call a traditional song structure. We tend to go with the flow, give each note it’s due. It requires patience and time. It’s a long journey,” Rumiński explains.
“In terms of influences, we focused mainly on spiritual jazz from the 70s. I would also add Popol Vuh, folk, afrobeat and of course drone, ambient, dub. We filtered this through our sensitivity and the outcome of this approach can be heard on ‘II’,” he says. If you’re surprised by this wide range of musical genres then you need to learn that ARRM don’t limit their live appearances to your typical rock shows. “We play various festivals and venues: starting from metal ones up to psychedelic and noise-focused,” Rumiński admits.