Single Review: Ziegler Co – Got A Plan/Borowski’s Egg

Ever since I first discovered Ziegler Co I have loved pretty much everything that they have done. They’ve got their own very individual style, and are very much comfortable in their own wide ranging musical lane. In short, they are right up my street. You can find reviews of their last two records on the site if you want to find out more about why I think this band are brilliant.

Anyway… a week or so ago the London based threesome released a new double A side single and true to form the two tracks couldn’t be more different.

Got A Plan is classic Ziegler Co. Its three and a half minutes of a delicious blend of styles, melodies and frankly brilliance. The track has got a real old school rock and roll feel to it, but with big clunking drums and a myriad of melodies and other madness thrown in.  It’s exactly the kind of thing that the band excels in producing and it gets a big thumbs up from me.

The contrast from that track to Borowski’s Egg is incredible, but it’s an absolutely mesmerising piece of work. The track is a spoken word piece over a gentle instrumental, and it is those words which resinate on so many levels. The song begins by telling the story of the writers pet chicken Borowski; explaining how he came to have the chicken in his possession. This quite light-hearted story then takes a serious turn as the speaker reveals that the chicken is named after Tadeusz Borowski.

Now time for a quick history lesson. Borowski was a Polish writer who was sent to Auschwitz and then wrote about his experiences. He later committed suicide by gassing himself in July 1951.

The contrast in the gentle way in which the words are spoken and what those words are actually saying is bizarre but it just works. It is then explained that upon seeing the battery chickens in such horrible conditions it inspired the speaker to remember Borowski. This dark tale has one more slight twist however finishing on the positive by reminding us that;

‘We should do nice things whenever we can.’

I’m gutted that what I’ve just written won’t do that song justice. You’re just going to have to listen to it yourself.

These are two brilliant tracks for so many different reasons, I give up trying to describe them; just listen.

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