is a debut album from Polish singer/improviser and composer, India Czajkowska.
Her music overturns categories through a fluid blend of classical instruments,
experimental vocal technique and electronic spectrum arrangements.
The dark alchemic laboratory in a deserted factory, the walls of which are breathing still with industrial noise. The space is sinking into strange sacral whispers and through the broken panes birds are flying in. The roar of the wind and the dripping of raindrops. From this mosaic of sounds the golden ringing of voice appears, cutting the thick air. This abstract landscape came to me from the sounds of the Cosmospir album.This is music for those who aren’t afraid to plunge into the deep, and sometimes, even dark areas of their own soul. Especially for those who love to travel far away, without going out, just focused on listening to fascinating sounds.
combination of classicaly trained vocals and atmospheric contemporary
electronica is gaining ground. After Klaus Schulze and Lisa Gerrard hit it off
on the massive and controversially received double album “Faiscape” (on
Synthetic Symphony) and Ambient Drone master Alio Die joined forces with
temptress Martina Galvagni on the blissful “Eleusian Lullaby” (Projekt
Records), Alio Die’s Stefano Musso’s is now presenting a fresh face and
promising new voice to the scene on his Hic Sunt Leones imprint. Even though
India Czajkowska has been a steady creative force in her native
“It's an attempt to call the deepest, intimate layers of the psyche,
one's own internal space related to time, bringing narrative in an invented but
individual language”. DM Schneider describes the album in his introductory
words, “It's a way of breaking through
to a hidden side, where we can get to know ourselves and the invisible mist
surrounding 'reality'. Behind this mist there is an open space and we have much
more to do with it than with anything in (our) everyday existence, even though
we’ve just realised it there.”
from “Cosmospir” confirm the suspicion that India Czajkowska has used the
years wisely, establishing a confident style of her own, which nonetheless
offers plenty of obvious associations. Remarkably, her intricately detailed
dream ballads never stray too deeply into the dark, instead giving off an
optimistic radiant glow. Even her slow, simmering beats always seem to march
forward instead of passively marking time. As a result, her debut points to a
future that is as delectably melancholic as it is determinedly bright.
by India Czajkowska is limited to 300 copies.
Tobias Fischer, www.tokafi.com
Czajkowska is something of a veteran in the Polish experimental (post-classical?)
music scene, but this album represents her first ever solo recording. It
conjures a dark but airy musical world, working into the listener’s conscious
at various levels, some almost subliminal.
Czajkowska utilises reverb and delay to excellent effect on this release. Often you can hear, echoing out in the distance, drones, instruments, layered voices, clattering percussion. It creates a very evocative atmosphere, dark and watery. I cannot help but think of the symbol of the swamp in old European folklore – a dangerous, uncanny place, filled with mystery and beauty.
On the whole the music is quite laid-back, not overly forceful, and although it can be a little unsettling at times if you are tuned in closely, it also hovers comfortably in the background of everyday activities. In this respect the album strikes a difficult balance – it is neither limp nor overwrought. For avant garde experimentalism such as this, I think that’s quite a feat.
This is a release to take your time with in order to fully savour the many flavours and scents of its unfolding. A very impressive first step for India Czajkowska’s solo career.
Henry Lauer / heathenharvest.