Alongside the recent news of her debut English LP Clashes (due out May 13th on Play It Again Sam) and the sharing of the dark, dystopian video for first single “Horses”, Polish singer/songwriter Brodka has debuted another cut off the album “Santa Muerte”. The track-inspired from a trip to Mexico-is propulsive and delicate, capturing Brodka’s nuanced reflections on death. She explains: “I was really surprised by how people treat death there. Young kids from a very early age are taught not to see it as something depressing, but something that tells you about the next life, and not really in a sad way. The song is like a conversation with death but treating it as a conversation with a friend. We have this relationship with death all of our lives”.
Having already released three albums in her native Poland, including 2010’s Granda, Clashes will mark her first release in English.
“I am a car-crash girl…”, resounds the opening line of lead single “Horses”, referencing Kim Gordon’s description of Courtney Love in her autobiography and hinting at Brodka’s musical and artistic interests. Despite the rich textures present on the record, she is as equally influenced by New York no wave, jazz and R&B. Additionally, her early experiences of church services have heavily impacted the depth and melodrama that charges throughout Clashes.
This interest in religion and spirituality has also influenced the visual themes running throughout her artwork, photography and ornate sense of style. “For this album the big inspiration was liturgical outfits,” she explains. “I wanted to take the colors – silver, gold, white, purple, blue – and the shapes of some of these clothes and turn them into something more modern. I am always trying to take some of the meanings of the subjects that I am interested in, chew them up, digest them, and throw up something that is more my kind of thing.”
Brodka Clashes Tracklisting:
1. Mirror Mirror
3. Santa Muerte
4. Can’t Wait For War
5. Holy Holes
8. Up In The Hill
9. My Name Is Youth