After a genre-defying wordless album Hashgachah, Jarmila Gorna was cited for nomination by the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards.
Dazzled critics compared her ‘sophisticated soul-bearing vision’ to Kate Bush, Chick Corea, ‘an entire Bulgarian choir’, ‘The Beach Girls’. Where do you go from there? On Gorna's new album, 'Aspaklaria' (Aramaic for ‘clear lens’), inspired by a quest for Hebraic mysticism, lyrics poured forth. ‘My songs on Aspaklaria are songs of love and fear, of personal shattering and self-reconstructing, of getting and staying connected’. Wanting to push beyond the luxury and safety of the abstract, Jarmila is gathering clouds into concrete form. Retaining the things reviewers liked most in the debut album – her magical almost extraterrestrial voice and its emotionally gripping resonance – she now combines hot beats, electronic sounds, soul-stirring grooves and unexpected song structures. Aspaklaria is almost single-handedly Jarmila’s work – written, performed, produced and engineered in her studio! Electric guitar by David Farren, founder member of Bad Manners. Mixed by Grammy award-winning engineer Matt Lawrence, mastered at Metropolis by the multiple Grammy-nominated Stuart Hawkes. The occasional bass wobble, pop crossover, trip-hop, rock, grime vibe, morphed echoes of deep house and drum & bass… phew! Jarmila again eludes all attempts at easy classification. Here’s a multitalented artist in her element doing what she does best. Please see www.jarmilagorna.com