Released by DRUGOD, a Druga Godba Festival Production
After a gap of seven years, Brina returns with her third album, Slečena koža (Skin Stripped Off), which picks up where Pasja legenda, left off. The years passed and added fresh impetus to the band's sound, created in part by producer Chris Eckman, member of The Walkabouts and Dirt Music and producer of albums by Tamikrest and Lobi Traore. Slečena koža's ten songs included a number of self-penned tracks.
Brina's voice is stunning when it tackles old folk songs and packed with emotion when it turns to tales of the everyday. Her band moves easily between virtuosity and minimalism, but is never less than inspired.
The album was recorded by the standard Brina line-up, which has been together since 2003:
Brina Vogelnik: vocals; Jelena Ždrale: violin, viola, backing vocals; Drago Ivanuša: accordion, piano; Luka Ropret: guitars, backing vocals; Nino De Gleria: bass, backing vocals; Blaž Celarec: drums, percussion, clarinet, backing vocals.
Brina’s tender skin, Maruša Bertoncelj (Review of the new album, Slečena koža): ‘Slečena koža is, not least, the most honest and searing offering so far by the band's leading light, Brina Vogelnik. “I strip you of your skin, I throw it in the air,” is the cathartic verse from the title track, which is followed by a variety of metaphorical variations on the themes of nakedness, abandonment and permission typical of our lives and that cause our skin to be caressed, to itch or be stung. It is difficult to say where this feeling of a stronger personal entanglement in content comes from. In the end, she is an interpreter who, especially live, takes the listener’s breath away without having to think. Brina’s clear, direct and penetrating gaze from the cover of the album hints that we will once again be delving deep into her world, and indeed that of her band, full as it is with so many stories, emotions and vulnerabilities disclosed … And Brina surely has much more to offer.’