Weekly Soundtrack: Pati Yang

By Anna Piszczkiewicz

I have a soft spot for 80s-inspired synths and beats. And Pati Yang plays right to my weakness.

Pati Yang is the stage name of Patrycja Grzymałkiewicz.

Her siren-esque vocals and electronic experiments have earned her much critical acclaim, beginning with her debut album, Jaszczurka, released at age 18 in her native Poland. Since that 1998 debut, Yang has worked on a number of music projects, earning her the moniker “Poland’s first lady of electronic music.”

Spreading her time between Warsaw, London and New York City, Yang has collaborated on film scores for Ocean’s Eleven and the 18th film in the James Bond series, Tomorrow Never Dies.

She co-created the now defunct electro band FLYKKLLR with her then-husband, composer and record producer Stephen Hilton, and worked with musicians Martina Topley-Bird, David Holmes and Brian Eno.

Yang also continued her solo efforts, releasing albums Silent Treatment (2005) and Faith, Hope + Fury (2009) embraced by both critics and fans. She has also produced music under the pseudonym Nikita.

Her fourth album, Wires and Sparks, premiered in Poland in 2011. It is the first record, since Jaszczurka, to be recorded in her home country.

One of the tracks on the album is electro-pop gem “Near to God”. I am embarrassed to write how many times I’ve clicked repeat on this track. It’s how I begin my mornings.

Trivia:

Yang spent the early years of her life on the road with her mother and her then-partner Jan Borysewicz, leader of iconic rock band Lady Pank.

In 2006, she played as stadium support for Depeche Mode during their concert stop in Warsaw.

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