A ruthless, beguiling take on the forces that influence and overwhelm us; ZAMILSKA‘s latest release Uncovered is a densely hypnotic record permeated by the artist’s fascination with levitation. The result is thirteen richly textured tracks that seethe with “the anxiety of what we want vs what we get”.
Following 2016’s Undone and 2014’s Untune, Uncovered is the third in a trilogy marking ZAMILSKA’s progression from an unknown artist in to an emerging talent that cannot be overlooked. At times chilling, at times enchanting, ZAMILSKA’s industrial-techno hybrid is ruled by the need to purge ones self of negativity: “It’s about getting something out, to be able to start again, to rise” she explains. That urge is evident in both the sound and the artwork on Uncovered (see image above), which is an apt visual metaphor for the way her music lifts and suspends at unexpected intervals.
Pounding beats, ticks, sporadic bells, inaudible voice samples and relentlessly jagged synths are carefully staggered throughout opening track ‘Message’. Second track ‘Dolls’ hosts lighter percussion, but the same unnerving feeling permeates this and following track ‘Hospital’. It’s a nightmarish affair that pre-empts brief interlude ‘Still’, before bleeding in to ‘Hollow’, which combines melodic and industrial elements in beautiful yet brutal fashion.
The aptly named ‘Gape’ is overshadowed by the quiet fury of ‘Alive’, on which ZAMILSKA intermittently seethes “She’s a girl who can eat you alive”. ‘Delusion’ teases with its lighter synth sounds providing a welcome respite from the harshness of previous tracks, before bleeding in to ‘Prisoner’. Its warped synths and slow, unsettling beats are reminiscent of The Downward Spiral era Nine Inch Nails – a band ZAMILSKA has openly confessed an obsession with, and who in turn have championed her on their own Spotify playlist.
The pulverizing beats on ‘Blind’ act as an audible purge, whilst final three tracks – ‘Back’,’Front’,’Done’- feel less weighty, like a sonic resurrection. ZAMILSKA’s ability to orchestrate a record about “floating upwards, not about falling down” whilst exploring the sonic space between feels effortless, and Uncovered is a stunning third offering from this promising Producer.
Buy your copy of ZAMILSKA’s new album Uncovered here.
ZAMILSKA UK Tour Dates 2019
02/08/19 – The Shacklewell Arms, London
03/08/19 – Visions Festival, London