Today, Balkan Express takes us to Serbia. The country, which over the past couple of days has made a couple of headlines for all the wrong reasons, which were followed by a couple of not-so-bombastic headlines of all the right reasons. It is also home to a host of wonderful bands, giving us every reason to feature them in this here show. Such is the case of the experimental rock super-group with an exquisitely marketable name, Neočekivana Sila Koja Se Iznenada Pojavljuje I Rešava Stvar. Or, to put it in English, The Unexpected Fore Which Appears Suddenly And Resolves The Matter At Hand.
Neočekivana Sila Koja Se Iznenada Pojavljuje I Rešava Stvar, that is, The Unexpected Fore Which Appears Suddenly And Resolves The Matter At Hand, was formed in 1997 Vladimir Đorđević, Goran Nikoić, Nemanja Ačimović, Zlatko Veljović, and vocalist Oliver Nektarijević. And while the lineup has changed somewhat, all past and present band members have collected decent mileage in various other Serbian bands. This makes The Unexpected Fore Which Appears Suddenly And Resolves The Matter At Hand a true super group. Mostly because band members combine various styles and genres, from rock and jazz to dub and electronica.
The Short Bright Future
The band musical premise is as simple as it is ingenious. They take the usual A-B-A pop-rock form and break it apart, not just into different parts of a song, but among different styles. No doubt the fact that band members come from various and varied musical backgrounds helps. In their albums and gigs, Neočekivana Sila Koja Se Iznenada Pojavljuje I Rešava Stvar flow effortlessly from one tune to another. This either done via well placed DJ mix or simply by following the flow of the melody itself.
The band is inextricably connected with Serbia in late 90s and early naughts. In a way, it embodies the brief period between the fall of the regime of Slobodan Miloševič and the assassination of prime minister Zoran Đinđić. It was then when Serbia was seen as the promised land. After that, the country’s bright future was snuffed out.
In the short period between 1997 and 2002 the band have not only done most of their musical work, they’ve also contributed music to firm Munje / Ligthings, a cult Serbian film of the era. Their music was and still is on a par with just about any experimental/crossover world-class act at the time. This is especially true of their second album. Released in 2000, Hard to Dig It was recorded entirely in English.
Deus ex machina
All in all, The Unexpected Fore Which Appears Suddenly And Resolves The Matter At Hand have released three albums. And given the fact that is has been two decades since their last release, one could plausibly argue that the band is dormant at best. But seeing as they did stage an appearance in 2011, this show decided to treat them as a long-period comet. Sooner or later, they will reappear. Like deus-ex-machina. You know, the Unexpected force which Appears Suddenly And Resolves The Matter At Hand.
Check out Neočekivana Sila Koja Se Iznenada Pojavljuje I Rešava Stvar on YouTube, Spotify, or wherever you get your music from, and Balkan Express will be back next week.
Balkan Express takes weekly trips into contemporary musical production of, you guessed it, the Balkans. Forget gusle and tamburice, this show is about rock, pop and a sense of humour. Well, at least there’s guitars. On air most Tuesdays in a new-and-improved time-slot at 1100 hrs. Usually. Your train conductor is Aljaž (aka @pengovsky) who once did the world a solid and decided never to sing again in public. Which is why he ended up doing radio.
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Balkan Express takes weekly trips into contemporary musical production of the Balkans.