Warsaw-based cellist/composer Resina (Karolina Rec) returns with her first standalone album in three years, taking a big step forward on a bold and brilliantly expansive record that explores ideas about language, the voice and the unpredictability of nature.
Born 1982, Karolina graduated from the Music Academy in Gdansk and the University of Gdansk. Active in Poland’s independent music scene since the late ’00s, she was co-founder/collaborator of some of Poland’s most influential alternative bands: Kings Of Caramel, Cieslak and Princess, Nathalie And The Loners, Anthony Chorale and more. She has featured on numerous album releases and soundtracks (including the Oscar-nominated Rabbit A La Berlin), and has been the author of a dozen music productions for theatre. A compulsive live artist, Karolina’s style is primarily characterized by personal language of improvisation and alternative approach to melody. She has collaborated with Scott McCloud, Paul Brody, Piotr Kurek, Coldair, Scianka, and many other artists.
Recorded by Resina and Michał Kupicz, with striking additional mixing and production work by Daniel Rejmer (Ben Frost, Bjork, Foals, Girls Names), Speechless is fluid and muscular, with wide dynamics and a dark and powerful dramatic weight. An amalgamation of noise, rock, ambient, choral and classical elements, Speechless shifts from gossamer beauty to glowering threat; from pulsing minimalism to full-bore propulsive blow-outs. As well as moments of great beauty, it is shot through with shrieks and howls, cavernous bass drops, sirens and sudden pitch shifts. It is a bold and adventurous work that synthesises the very best of her previous two albums and packs a powerful punch.