Uncovered, the third album from Polish producer Zamilska, sounds like a night gone sour. This is music for the bloodbath that opens Blade — for a club whose sprinkler system is ready to paint the dancefloor red. But there's something more atavistic at play, too.
Shamisens, chimes and throat singing lend the LP a lurid sense of ritualistic power. They're littered over dark rhythms and mantra-like lyrics; words as function, spat by unfeeling mouths. For a staunchly electronic album, Uncovered evokes a surprising amount of folk tradition, of monsters with long-dead names. Dark magic and Gauguin's spirit of the dead, hovering in the more ineffable corners of primativism.
Uncovered is eerily difficult to place - flitting from second to second between the futuristic and ancient. Zamilska's ability to draw the album's disparate elements together is impressive. What's more impressive is that she makes it sound effortless.
The tracks on this album are slight, but this reflects its wealth of ideas. You get the impression Zamilska is too inventive to settle, snatching phrases away just as you're used to them. Any slower and she'd be boring herself. As the album goes on it feels like a jenga tower of invention; 'surely it can't keep this up'. But, miraculously, Uncovered punches just as hard in its final moments as its first.
Uncovered is available for purchase and streaming here.
Words by Andrew O’Keefe