Slovenian trio Širom, whose unique so-called imaginary folk music has established them as one of the most interesting acts right now, abroad as well as in Slovenia, are returning with their new, third album A Universe That Roasts Blossoms For a Horse, published in August 2019 via Glitterbeat Records imprint tak:til and declared the contemporary album of the month by The Guardian.
On their kaleidoscopic new album, Širom carry on their tireless exploration of music and sound, taking advantage of a bunch of homemade and traditional instruments from all over the world. “We don’t want to play something that sounds like it already exists,” they say, and they’re certainly succeeding. Their intoxicating compositions, playfully crackling, insistently rhythmic, cosy yet from some other world, draw on the mutual comfort and familiarity of the members, from the localities of each one of them, from the love of sound and from past experiences – musical, life and more. The new album A Universe That Roasts Blossoms For a Horse brings an unexpected emphasis on the trio’s vocal presence while continuing their idiosyncratic, living approach that has spread word of Širom all over the world.
Širom are Ana Kravanja, Samo Kutin and Iztok Koren, veteran Slovenian musicians of various backgrounds, whether geographical or musical. Their 2016 debut I. was more than just a statement of intent, as it drew the attention of the acclaimed Glitterbeat Records and the label’s tak:til imprint, home to Gaye Su Akyol, Ifriqiyya Électrique, King Ayisoba and others, which released Širom’s second album I Can Be a Clay Snapper a year later. The band has also been noticed by esteemed foreign media, such as KEXP, Wire and ARTE TV, and has played famed festivals such as Eurosonic and Roskilde. At Šiška, the band most recently warmed up for Tinariwen in 2017, the same year it played the MENT Ljubljana showcase festival.
Tickets on sale online and at Eventim outlets.
Organisation: Kino Šiška.