Album of the Week: Antonina Nowacka | Lamunan


From the album notes:

Hours spent in the dizzying darkness and echoes of Seplawan Cave produced a series of unaccompanied vocal motifs. Moans, chants, hums, and wordless cries met with the multi-million year-old facades of the stone walls. The freely flowing compositions seem forged from the same natural material as that stone, carved into shape by nothing but water, time, and solitude.

Upon returning to Poland, Nowacka recorded with Rafal Smoliński in the cave-like sonic conditions of the Modlin Fortress some 50km north of Warsaw. The intimate and surreal sound of the cave is recreated, Nowacka overlapping multiple vocal lines to create delicately interwoven chamber choral pieces, musically minimalist and emotionally maximalist. The album’s title – “Lamunan” – comes from the Indonesian word for ‘dreaming’ or ‘fantasy’.

From the first few notes, Lamunan begins to draw the dimensions of the Modlin Fortress with the sound of Nowacka’s voice morphing into spirits exploring its vast void. Eerie, solemn, and ultimately lovely in its humanness, Lamunan is a work to be explored in the dark with a quiet mind.