Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Beautiful & fierce evocative/eclectic experimental alternative pop
Most recent release, Hat, Rabbit (2009)
Gaba Kulka's site
Gaba Kulka's MySpace page
Early Kate Bush, early Tori Amos, Sandra Lockwood
Own, selected covers
Gaba Kulka released her first two albums under "Gabriela Kulka" but now goes by Gaba.
Surely the name Gaba Kulka isn't too foreign to most Ecto folk. Her vocal range reminds me of Kate Bush—and she plays a mean piano, á la earlier Tori. She's fiercely original, and I think she's fantastic. She's a creative force—a huge voice, fantastic range, and killer piano skillz. She's a true original. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
Out of print
Marcin Kobus—trumpet on "shoes"
A cabaret-feeling album. Very lively. Worthy and interesting but Out far outshines it. "Jealousy" is an especially great track, a harbinger of things to come. (Neile)
Her first release, Between Miss Scylla and a Hard Place, contains a number of essential songs. "Bodybags", "Some Things Are Better", "She", "Coup d'Etat", "Shoes".. it's a marvelous achievement, considering she basically put the whole thing together herself.. (another reason to admire her
Definitely worth checking into! :-) I wish she would re-record Between Miss Scylla and A Hard Place—it was a VERY do-it-yourself project, but the songs themselves are amazing. A bit of a makeover would be awesome. :-) (email@example.com)
the first one, between miss scylla and a hard place, doesn't seem to have that particular property (rewards active listening but is also just pleasant/fun enough to have on in the background if you happen to be doing something else and aren't really paying attention) so much, and i've not gotten over out long enough to really give it a good listen yet. (damon)
2006—self-released; 2007 reissue—Eblock—Eblok001CD; 2009 reissue—Mystic Production—MYSTCD086
See Gaba Kulka's site
Gaba Kulka—Roland digital piano, Bluthner piano, Steinberg M14, guitar, vocals
NOTE: First two issues were 15 tracks; 2009 reissue has 21 tracks and was entirely remixed and remasted by Marcin Bors. Tracks 4 & 5 were one track #4 on the 2006 & 2007 issues (titled simply "Laleczka", now "(zabaweczka)" and "Laleczka"). Bonus tracks are: "London Calling" (Clash cover); "Love Me" (demo);
and "Jealousy" "Bodybags" and "Knock Knock," all three originally from Between Miss Scylla and a Hard Place.
Paul, why didn't I listen to you earlier? I could have another few weeks of LOVING this album. Everything Paul says here is true—this is a stupendous album. Creative, idiocyncratic, catchy... I haven't been this immediately hooked by an artist since I discovered Veda.
Everyone, LISTEN UP! (Neile)
I missed the first post, but that's about the highest praise possible from Neile, so I had to check it out. I'm smitten too. Some very good stuff. (neal)
mostly i'm obsessed with gaba kulka. i *love* out. she does seem to be channelling kate bush at times and it can be uncanny. i love the sort of thing she's doing here—great, quirky, funky and engaging stuff that rewards active listening but is also just pleasant/fun enough to have on in the background if you happen to be doing something else and aren't really paying attention.
i don't know more than maybe two words in polish, but i must say the polish tracks on out are among my favourites regardless (and that's high praise for the music, since her lyrics that i *do* understand are wonderful). (damon)
Among the best of 2006. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
One of the top albums of the year. (email@example.com)
One of the greats of the year. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
See Gaba Kulka's site
Gaba Kulka—piano, vocals
Raalya (Gaba's band):
Kornel Jasiński—bass, double bass, cowbell!
Konstanty Andrzej Kulka—violin (9)
Czesław Mozil—vocals (3, 4)
Tomasz Duda—saxophones, flute (3, 5, 8, 11)
Tomasz Ziectek—trumpet (3, 5, 8, 11)
Marcin Muras—trombone (3, 5, 8)
Produced by Gaba Kulka + Marcin Bors
A strong successor to the marvellous Out. This is emotional, dramatic, and most especially creatively and uniquely Gaba Kulka. (Neile)
it's great! (email@example.com)
Among the best of 2009. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
An album I greatly enjoyed this year. (email@example.com)
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