New: Szymon - Katyusha
A convincing debut of gentle electronic folk from sadly departed Sydney talent.
Instrumental track Katyusha is the first song from 23-year-old Sydney music producer Szymon Borzestowski's debut release, Tigersapp, an album that was performed, recorded and produced entirely in Borzestowsk’s bedroom.
It's a modest but convincing debut of gentle but triumphant electronic folk, with a sweetly swelling, softly muffled trumpet chorus that calls to mind Beirut’s brassy leanings. Listen here:
This uplifting track carries with it a sad story. Two years ago, the track's creator took his own life, after a long-running struggle with depression. The talented Borzestowski had been working on putting an album together - he had a small development deal and the bulk of the album completed before his mental illness quelled the project.
After his death, his family got in touch with Mark Holland and Craig Hawker, who’d expressed interest in an early demo they’d heard from Borzestowski a few years back when they were working in the A & R department at EMI. Holland and Hawker are now releasing Borzestowski’s album early next year, with help from Borzestowski's family, via a label developed especially for the project - Eloper Music. Keep an eye out for the album early in the new year.
Neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author David Eagleman said in his novel Forty Tales from the Afterlives that we all experience three deaths: “The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.”
If his forthcoming album has the strength and expands on the potential of Katyusha, Borzestowski’s name will continue to be spoken, and this young musician will continue to live into the future, for a long time yet.