You may recall that a couple of weeks ago we sampled the latest release from Ols through the video for “W ciemny las”. And today, a week before the official release of Widma, we are thrilled to present a stream of the album, in its entirety, right here. Start to finish, Widma is a dark neofolk masterpiece that will undoubtedly attract fans from all edges of the musical spectrum. Give it a listen for yourself immediately below.
As a reminder, Ols is the Polish dark neofolk project crafted by Anna Maria Oskierko, who is responsible for composing all the music, playing all the instruments, and writing all the lyrics. Basically, a one-woman project through and through. And while categorized as dark neofolk, you hear a wide range of musical influences, including the more atmospheric branches of black metal.
Widma, a name that translates to “Spectres,” is a concept album that explores parallels between the late autumn days in the calendar and the stages of our own aging. While these themes certainly carry weight, the mesmerizing nature of Widma explores these ideas brilliantly. The general emotion of the album is darker, but the rising and falling structures of the individual tracks create a truly addicting environment. The dense, yet blissful, instrumentals and vocal harmonies, coupled with the somber undertones throughout, allow Widma to emerge as a cohesive, introspective listening experience.
Anyway, as mentioned, Widma is out next Friday, April 17th through Pagan Records. You can pre-order the album here, if you haven’t already. And of course, be sure to follow Ols on Facebook to keep up on all current and future happenings.