Szymon was a bright, brilliant talent whose music, though written many years ago has remained timeless in its sound. The young Newcastle artist mastered the art of humble yet hypnotic art-pop - stunning and shimmering and hopeful. Sadly, Szymon lost his life at just 23 years of age. Lovingly curated by family and friends, Tigersapp is the record Szymon would have released, a glimpse into the vibrant world he hoped to share. It will be released next Friday, August 21 on Eloper Music, with distribution by EMI Music and is available for pre-order now.
-Medusa' is the third single from his posthumous debut album -Tigersapp'. It demonstrates a known voice, challenging, timeless and diverse in its exploration. Today, we are proud to present the stunning video from Italian artist/animator Sergio Pastore. A visual accompaniment through the gentle journey that is -Medusa' and with a nod to the likes of Studio Ghibli, the animation plays with ideas of connection and of continuity. Click on the pic below to watch the video:
Szymon worked tirelessly throughout 2008 to record an album worth of songs, and was on the verge of signing a record deal with EMI at just 19. Tragically, the darkness of mental illness began to fall at the same time and it was decided his treatment had to come first. Nevertheless, he continued to write, even as his battles with depression became more debilitating. In the end, the world became unbearable and Szymon took his own life in December 2012.
Unwavering believers in his talent and potential, they collaborated with fellow supporters Craig Hawker (Sony ATV) and Mark Holland (EMI) to give the album the spotlight it deserved.
"Szymon had a rare energy and enthusiasm for his craft," says Hawker. 'I'd told Szymon that whenever he was ready I would love to put out his music but I never expected that it would be without him here. His music has felt like a secret for a long time now and I'm proud to play a part in helping people to discover and celebrate a young talent's life and work."
-Medusa' follows on from his stirring debut offering, -Katyusha', and Hype Machine chart topping second single -Golden' which has had over 127,000 streams on Soundcloud.
Mixed in part by Rusty Santos (Animal Collective, Owen Pallett) and Ian Pritchett (Angus & Julia Stone), Tigersapp is a rich and touching testament to the talents of this singer-songwriter-composer. Borzestowski built lush layers of guitar, bass, woodwind, drums, synth and samples in his humble home-studio, under the moniker of his first name. It's a cruel blow that Szymon's not here to witness it, but it's a small comfort his life's work can now finally be shared.
In the words of his siblings: 'Releasing Szymon's album is bittersweet. We used to dream about playing with him and watching him play on stages. We finally now have the opportunity to release his music and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do."
Tigersapp Track Listing
Zoo Story (3:49)
Trojan Stalks (2:22)