Antonina Nowacka – Vocal Sketches from Oaxaca (Takuroku, digital)

The Polish singer Antonina Nowacka, who was previously mostly active in projects such as WIDT, shone as a soloist on last year’s Lamunan for Mondoj and now follows up on it on the London-based Café Oto’s digital in-house label Takuroku. The title of Vocal Sketches from Oaxaca already says it all, and yet that is by no means all that Nowacka has to tell us. It’s a haunting study of the relationship between the human voice and the environments that form its sounding board.