Magda Drozd – Songs for Plants (Präsens Editionen, PE - 018)
The title of Magda Drozd’s debut album, Songs for Plants, goes beyond the invocation of an unusual implied audience and indicates her desire to challenge conventional listening experiences. Plants have been central to the writing-process of the eleven-song LP by the musician, artist, performer, and curator. Drozd’s sound palette includes synthesizers, field recordings, a violin, guitar, her own voice, and recordings of cacti, the latter of which were made using the latest recording technology that allowed Drozd to render audible the sound of the prickly pear for example. In this way, Drozd raises questions about authorship while she also shows up the absurdity of the relentless pursuit of new sonic sources in contemporary experimental music. All this leaves Drozd with a highly poetic album located somewhere between experimental electronics, ambient, off-pop, and dub techno. Tender and abrasive at times, she manages to combine the melancholic, critical, hopeful, and distanced—as if Grouper, Jan Jelinek, The Space Lady, and Hierglyphic Being got together to re-record Alec Empire’s Low on Ice.
Songs for Plants is released on vinyl in a limited run of 200 (including download codes on cards signed by the artist) as well as digitally. The album was mastered by Stefan Betke and was written with the help of Nicola Genovese (text) and Samuel Savenberg and Roman Drozd (additional mixing). The artwork is based on a drawing by Droszd and was designed by Kaj Lehmann. Following music by Anna Homler, Lawrence English, Martina Lussi, S S S S, Belia Winnewisser, Robert Turman, and others, Songs for Plants is the eighteenth audio release by Präsens Editionen, the publishing house behind zweikommasieben magazine.