Mira Drevo – Islands
Label – Zhelezobeton
The sonic poetry of Mira Drevo is handed to me once again by Zhelezobeton label, and it makes me think, above all, about the illusionary seed of nostalgia it plants in my mind, as I can almost remember this distant hiding place that is shown on the cover of ‘Islands’, where I imagine the touching and intimate music was made at.
Skald, who stands behind this project, uses various field recordings, loops and various objects, to which guitars, percussion and vocals are added by Yarvi and Naviy. The sounds they pour forth create a slow, rich and clear river that gently takes you to wild nature, only rarely claimed back by persistent spoken words.
‘Islands’ begins softly and slowly. We are being led on a small boat through this river, but slowly Skald, Yarvi and Naviy turns the water and surrounding into a thick, deep and dense arsenal of musical ideas. Under the black sun where soft guitar melodies hover among rich insect humming and airy drones, Mira Drevo’s albums are magical and challenge the mental capacity of their listeners with something they can never have, a brittle memory and a spiritual experience.