Easily desribed as the most enyaesque of young slovak songwriters, as documented by intro "krajina stratených víl" (land of lost nymphs) with its mystical organ and her ubersensitive vocals (sometimes to the point of whisper).
ivana succeeds in blending fashionable world music influences with even more fashionable slovak folklore music tradition, most obviously in a lullaby "pachoľa". she doesn't shy away from mixing english and slovak lyrics (and her own made up language), occasional "field" sound effects and from using overdubs which supposedly should add to the ethereal quality.
With "the birds" she aims into the lisa germano/p. j. harvey territory, though take me with a grain of salt, cause she doesn't really try germano's broken voice and i don't even remember how harvey sounds like. don't know why she chose "mereus" for a single though, "diamond fields" imo could be much bigger.
8 tracks and a bonus on a cd edition is a gentle and humble treat, but coupled with a title this means a transitive work, introducing an artist who assumingly already has something more ambitious on her mind (second album is in making).
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The music and thoughts of Ivana Mer around the world.
Mystery Radio (USA)
About the song Blueanco:
"This is a great track, beautiful vocals. mysterious and distant. lovely work that I would say would be a soundtrack for a creepy scary unusual movie. Ivana displays something special here. gorgeous and interesting as well as compelling engaging coolness."
Gato Urbanski (Argentina)
musician in Aqualáctica
& instruments designer
“Beautiful and interesting.
Ivana have a great career forward. It’s a pleasure to hear her.”
Marc-Eric Laine (France)
“From the dark deep oceans to the mysterious high skies, Ivana's voice connects us a little bit more with ourselves and mother nature, she's beautifully sensible, powerful, unique...working with her is...natural.”
Juraj Kusnierik (Slovakia)
“Ivana is a great singer
with perfect vocal technique,
but not only: her songs are graceful trips into the mysterious lands.”.
Adam Badí Donoval (UK)
Can You Ear It?
"...an absolutely surreal and narcotic listen."