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Top Ten Albums of 2012
"W roku 2012 na rynku pojawila sie EPKa Heart & Soul. Ktos moze wybrzydzac, ze w zestawie moich dziesieciu najlepszych plyt roku pojawia sie pozycja, ktora trwa niespelna szesnascie minut." Read original article here >
VICE Interview with Rykarda, Feb. 2012: More and more it takes a lot for music to actually make me feel something. Usually I'll put on an album and then go about my business of eating a ham sandwich or picking crumbs out of the throw rugs, while the notes just toot away in the background. If something is especially good, I'll listen to it more than twice and learn a few lyrics, but even then, it probably won't take me on "an emotional journey" or whatever. Continued here >
"Formed under a consensus of style (Namely dark and cold wave) the members of Heart & Soul came together from all parts of Poland. Invited along, Parasol's disturbing, low, somewhat evocative voice famously envelopes in darkness. As on her solo work, Parasol's aesthetics work well here. Like some gothic goddess - tempting and seductive, piercing cold." - Gazeta, Warsaw - Poland.
"The meeting of two musical worlds falls perfectly.
The EP consists of 4 tracks, written by - in turn - Lukasz Lach, Bodka Pezda, Slawomir Leniarta and Peter Pawlowski (With lyrics by Rykarda Parasol). The opening track is easily admirable, "Elaine" a duet between Rykarda and Lukasz Lache of L. Stadt. It is a balanced, lovely song, with beautiful buttons and great complementary female and male voices.
Heart & Soul has created an absolutely unique material, combines sensational sounds alongside the Rykarda's unique voice. We hope a full length album is in the near future!" - Tego Slucham, Poland.
"Elaine is one of those songs where you fall in love immediately. A beautiful ballad sung in a duet with Lukasz Lach from L.Stadt" - WeAreFromPoland
"What I like most about this project, is openness, freshness and variability - the group transforms with each song. Seeing the cover of Heart & Soul EP's Rykarda Parasol featuring such names as: Bodek Pezda (2Cresky, Made In Poland), Slawomir "Dzabi" Leniart (2Cresky, Pati Yang band, Made In Poland), Piotr Pawlowski (Made In Poland), Lukasz Lach (L.Stadt) and Luke Klaus (CKOD, NOT), I knew immediately it would be a major musical event in our market and we get a disc. Rykard's unique vocals, hypnotic, cold-wave climate, and technique, musical experience and creativity of musicians represent the uniqueness of the disc... Rykarda's amazing voice added a new quality, freshness and excitement to the unusual cold-wave sound of Heart & Soul.... I hope there is a full-length album in the near future." - Dark Planet
"Heart & Soul and Rykardy Parasol released their EP this past January, which is the product of artistic workshops conducted by the Institute of Adam Mickiewicz.
The project, which lasted from August to November 2011, attended by musicians of the formation of Heart & Soul, which Bodek Pezda (2Cresky, Made In Poland), Slawomir Leniart (2Cresky, Pati Yang band, Made In Poland), Piotr Pawlowski (Made In Poland ), Lukasz Lach (L.Stadt), Lukasz Klaus (CKOD, NOT). The special guest of the whole project was American art and indie singer Rykarda Parasol.
The recordings that can be found on the album are: "Elaine" - composition sung in duet by Lukasz Lach and Rykarda Parasol, New wave-ish "Do not Panic Children", an electronic zimnofalowo "I Do not Want You To Fail" and strongly noisy "Oslo for Everyone ".
Heart & Soul (supergroup, consisting of musicians Agressiva 69, Made In Poland, CKOD, NOT, created specifically to perform cover songs from the repertoire of Joy Division, the 30th anniversary release of "Closer". Band played three concerts).