Exploratory artist Adela Mede shares new album SZABADSÁG

ADELA MEDE, Ben Harper and Bonobo
ADELA MEDE, Ben Harper and Bonobo

Image credit: Petra Briskova

Slovak-Hungarian musician Adela Mede explores the interplay between voice and technology with field recordings. She sings in three languages (Slovak, Hungarian and English). Intimate ambient utterances with themes of spiritual growth accompanied by experimental electronics with a wide scope of influences; from minimalism to folklore. Initially released in early 2022 to universal acclaim on digital and cassette, Night School is extremely excited to share Szabadság on vinyl. Mastered by Rupert Clervaux for vinyl, the clearer format teases out new nuances in the music, revealing a physicality and permanence to Mede’s first masterwork.

‘Szabadság is a navigation. This debut by Adela Mede, recorded in her family home on the Slovakian border with Hungary, searches through the personal, familial, cultural, folkloric and geographic of her past and present.

Examining both the vulnerability and determination of her voice – as it leaves the lips, raw, and in the ways it can be transformed with digital processing – the embodied memories of language, of utterance, are explored.

Airy, open sound worlds and tentative strings of improvised naked vocal transform themselves into insistent repetition. Fizzing, sparkling electronics are set against the beautiful grainy depth of field recordings. The locations, these places, are found and lost – home is found and lost – in a dance of fragmented vocal harmonies. Three languages (English, Hungarian, Slovak) weave a song of spring, nature, forgiveness, togetherness and rebirth.’

Words by Lisa Busby


1 | Háromszorra Jövök Össze

2 | Interlude I

3 | Spolu

4 | Interlude II

5 | Gyöngyvirág

6 | Interlude III

7 | Sloboda

8 | Na Jar Sa Všetko Roztopí

9 | Voda Sa Vráti Tiež


Written, produced & performed by Adela Donoval

Track 1 and Track 3 co-produced with Andrew PM Hunt

Track 5 co-produced with Lung Dart

Track 8 produced by Andrew PM Hunt

Track 9 produced by Lung Dart

Vocal contributions on Track 8 and Track 9 by Daša Bulíkova

Cello on Track 7 by Hoda Jahanpour

Mixed by Adam Badí Donoval

Track 9 mixed by Lung Dart

Mastered by Rashad Becker

Artwork by Kvet Nguyen

Design by Ester Mládenková

Special thanks to Helena Mede and Elina Bolshenkova

Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council



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