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“Širom create a captivating elixir…(the) band dig deep into an
ancient sonic archive of
mystical folk with their perfect distillation of instruments.” – Louder Than War
Hailing from Slovenia, Širom play vividly textured and (mostly) imagined,
musics. Handmade and global instrumentation meets fearless sound exploration.
The 3rd release from Glitterbeat’s new label imprint: tak:til
Slovenia’s miniature, but incredibly diverse landscapes, echo through its
distinctive cultural, historic and linguistic traits. When thinking about
Širom’s geographical trajectories, as well as their musical ebb and flow,
one has to consider the abundance of water that can be found in the individual
regions where they come from. Cascading mountain stream lilt, lazy lowland river
meandering and the mysteriously vanishing waters of Karst are most certainly
Samo Kutin’s, Iztok Koren’s and Ana Kravanja’s childhood memories and subsequently, their remarkable musical art.
“In the process of making the second album we decided to shoot a film,”
Samo Kutin explains.
“The idea was to visit the places we come from, the ones that are more difficult to access, to see how environment in which we grew up in and the memories it awakes, affect our musical improvisation. The film called Memoryscapes is a kind of a document of this experiment, but the experiment itself certainly influenced the creation of the second album.”
Watching the trio experiment and jam on ribab, frame drums, balafons, percussions and various other unusual or homemade instruments in the sinkhole Bukovnik in Karst, on the snowy mountain top of Kal above the village Čadrg and in bright yellow turnip rape fields in Prekmurje, the soundscapes they create symbolically depict the essence of Širom. The search for idiosyncratic sound where no one else is looking. A passion for exploring diverse sonic qualities as well as examining the constantly changing relations between the material (everything that produces sound), the environment, human experience and musical intervention.
But the journey towards I Can Be a Clay Snapper began with a rather different chord. Before plunging into improvisational and complex compositional musical waters, Ana and Samo cite punk rock as the starting point of their music ventures. While Ana was busy playing bass guitar in a punk band in Ljubljana, Samo, along with his twin brother Jani, formed numerous local line-ups including the punkish Štrudls; the more acoustic Migowc and Čarangi; while eventually morphing into the experimental collective Salamandra Salamandra, which still enjoys a somewhat legendary status amongst Slovenian music aficionados.
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