Making Eye Contact With Solitude cover typography by Julita Goździk

Kraków-based artist Martyna Basta’s conveys a diaristic hauntology through her music. Classically trained in guitar, the Polish composer escaped academia at the age of 18, replacing her native instrument with a synthesizer. She soon developed a unique way of composing, centered around the modulation of her voice, electronics, and field recordings. This radical transformation was captured on her first album Making Eye Contact with Solitude released on the Slovakian label Warm Winters, which introduced her as part of a new wave in the European experimental scene. After the release of her debut, she reached back for acoustic instruments like guitar and zither, establishing her unique electro-acoustic tone featured on Slowly Forgetting, Barely Remembering. A month-long residency in the frozen city of Turku further expanded her sound palette, resulting in the EP Diaries Beneath Fragile Glass on the Belgian Stroom label, along with collaborations with claire rousay, Adela Mede and Lisa Lerkenfeldt.

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