MALA HERBA UNVEILS DEBUT ALBUM ON AUFNAHME+WIEDERGABE
Throughout first full-length release, work on which lasted for several years, they explore archives of traditional Eastern European music, as well as traditions of magic, herbalism and demonology combining them with noisy industrial textures and energetic EBM rhythms. From the mixture of these two musical traditions arises a unique «experience, close to primal instincts yet intriguely post-modern».
Mala Herba dedicated the album to all non-binary beings and migrants, striving to make home where their heart desires. Everything on the album — from mix and master to the cover art — was done in cooperation with Polish femme and queer artists, who experienced living abroad.
"On one hand, I wanted to deal with the tension between being from Poland and being queer. The queer community is experiencing brutal state violence and it feels like we are being written out of history and culture. On the other hand, I am not nationalistic nor a big fan of borders in general so it was very confusing to experience xenophobia as a Polish migrant and make sense of my rage and pain," Zosia wrote about the release.
The track Wszystko Marność, which best discloses the specific artistic techniques of the producer, based on a traditional Polish funeral song with the same name. Mala Herba places religious song about the vanity of the world in a new context, creating a modern version of the danse macabre, permeated by witch vocal.
In the second single of the full-length, Dawaj, they processed ethereal vocals, relentless bass lines and ghostly archival samples, to create a rift in time and space on the dancefloor.
A notable feature of the release is that among all its sinister textures and furious rhythms lie the stories of forgotten rituals and traditions: from celebrations around the Summer Solstice, through dancing with the demons on the darkest night of the year to unique carnival practices finally banned by the Austro-Hungarian Empire in mid-XIX century.
"I wanted to make an album that will reinterpret some musical traditions to create a space where queer bodies are welcome, seen, empowered. You might not understand the lyrics or specifics but I do hope that my intention is palpable in the melodies and rhythms. I do believe in knowledge being created when we sing and dance together and I can’t wait for this magic to happen again," Mala Herba added.
Mala Herba is solo project of Zosia Hołubowska, Polish musician, sound artist, and queer activist based in Vienna. They're member of Oramics, a collective for fair treatment of women and queer artists on Eastern European electronic music scene. In 2014 Mala Herba founded Sounds Queer?, researching experimental queer methodologies in sound art and singing as knowledge creation process. They have performed at Mumok (Vienna, AT) and Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, ES) among other places, and their project Community of Grieving recorded together with Julia Giertz was presented at Unsound 2020 (Kraków, PL).
Demonologia LP will be released on January 15, 2021 and is available for pre-order on Bandcamp.