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Friday, February 3, 2023

Ols celebrates diversity and female power in new video

Ols, the one-woman dark neofolk project from Poland, has released the next single and music video, “Głosy” (translates to “Voices”) from the recently released fourth album “Pustkowia”. The video features dancers from the Hamsa Dance School based in Warsaw, Poland.

Anna Maria Olchawa, the only member of Ols commented:

“By joining forces with sisters-witches, we regain the power of our own bodies. Proud of our wild energy, of dark magic, primal and carnal, rejected by the world of diurnal creatures. In the marshes, we perform our rituals against the world that wants to limit our freedom. Celebrating our similarities, embracing our differences. Being different is your strength, and your sisters always watch over you. You’ll never walk alone.”

“Pustkowia” (“Wastelands” from Polish) takes the project to the next level and brings more of what Ols stands for. It is darker, heavier, bolder and more varied, but also sadder, more emotional and extremely personal. The common denominator linking all the compositions is emptiness: abandonment, dying out and decay, both in the literal sense (abandoned places, deserted settlements, ruins consumed by greenery) and metaphorical (emotional emptiness, rejection, exclusion).

Musically, each track on the album is different; from metal-like pieces, through disturbing ritual chants, to mesmerising, trance-like lullabies. As on the previous records, the song arrangements are based on polyphonic vocal parts, accompanied by a whole gallery of instruments. On “Pustkowia”, typical dark-folk instruments with ritual drums, a brass section and drone bass have been enriched with solutions from the metal yard, and in the vocal parts include growls, screams and shrieks, emphasising the emotional nature of the songs.

Ols has previously released two videos in support of the album: “Pustacie” and “Nie ma światła w oknach”.