Born 1982, Karolina graduated from the Music Academy in Gdansk and the University of Gdansk. Active in Poland’s independent music scene since the late ’00s, she was co-founder / collaborator of some of Poland’s most influential alternative bands: Kings of Caramel, Cieslak and Princess, Nathalie And The Loners, Anthony Chorale and more. She has featured on numerous album releases and soundtracks (including the Oscar-nominated ‘Rabbit a la Berlin’), and has been the author of a dozen music productions for theatre. A compulsive live artist, Karolina’s style is primarily characterized by personal language of improvisation and alternative approach to melody. She has collaborated with Scott McCloud, Paul Brody, Piotr Kurek, Coldair, Scianka and many other artists.
Resina was signed to 130701 in February 2016, having sent in a hugely impressive demo. Her self-titled debut album was a result of experiments with cello and simple electronic tools – sometimes close to the form of song; sometimes based more on powerful, intuitive impressions but always marked by the desire to use non-obvious characteristics of the instrument. It was released in September 2016, to a strong press response.
In the two years following the debut release, Resina completed her first work as a film music composer – creating a soundtrack to Jacek Piotr Bławut’s ‘Dzień Czekolady‘ alongside composer / percussionist player Hubert Zemler. She contributed vocals to Polish electronic/ pop artist Zamilska’s single, ‘Closer’, and also to her soundtrack to the documentary film ‘Tourists’. As a live artist, Karolina has played throughout Europe, developing into an increasingly powerful performer and supporting the likes of Sarah Neufeld, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Owen Pallett, Hauschka and labelmate Ian William Craig. She has played at Unsound, Tallinn Music Week and Brdcst festivals; also at Boiler Room, TEDx, and at London’s Union Chapel.
Resina’s second album, ‘Traces’ was released in July 2018, alongside tour dates throughout UK and Europe. Two exclusive tracks were also included on our ‘The Sea At The End Of Her String’ EP, which accompanied a UK tour that saw Resina collaborate live with label-mate Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch. An EP of remixes of tracks from ‘Traces’ is due to be released in 2019.
Concert Performance: Traces
‘Traces’ sees the Warsaw-based artist working a sound which moves closer towards the listener, with increased viscerality and weight. It’s a bold, dynamic and assured step forward and an album fully deserving of your attention.
Looped, processed and layered with increased dynamism, on ‘Traces’, the cello moves from discrete chamber intimacy to shimmering ambient miasmas and more urgent, full-blooded tracks that reach out and grab you. There are points of delicate beauty and moments where everything seems about to melt into chaos. Whilst Karolina’s voice appeared only briefly (to stunning effect) on her debut’s final track, this time around it assumes much greater prominence, featuring on almost half the album’s tracks. Non-verbal, her vocals function as a beautiful, haunting textural layer, conjuring a sense of near sacred purity and longing. Besides the looped and layered sounds/ rhythms coaxed from cello and voice, ‘Traces’ expands her palette with contributions from drummer / percussionist Mateusz Rychlicki adding body and drive on a number of tracks.