Agnes Milewski performs the song ‘Drive You Home’ for BalconyTV
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AGNÉS MILEWSKI – DRIVE YOU HOME
PRESENTED BY FLORIAN LACZKOVICS
Polish-born Austrian singer-songwriter Agnes Milewski releases new single “Drive You Home” from the upcoming album “Almost Spring”. Waiting for spring seemed like an eternity for singer-songwriter Agnes Milewski. With her new album “Almost Spring” the winter journey finally has come to an end. While outside the faint sunshine of the first warm days makes the ice melt, Milewski takes one more trip with her new single “Drive You Home”.
“The summer ended with a lot of rain, autumn was way too short, and then came the winter. It brought not only snow, but mainly that freezing cold, that biting wind that cuts through all your clothes and lets your muscles stiffen”, says Milewski. Her own winter lasted almost two years, with lessons to be learned and new paths to be taken.
Thematically inspired by Schubert’s “Winterreise”, the singer-songwriter went on her very own musical journey. She found traces of folk (“Wintertime” Track 10), jazz (“Mr. Misleading” Track 2) and gospel (“Row The Boat”, track 1) in the snow and packed them with her specific, Irish influenced songwriting style, just like in a handy travel case.
When unpacking, Milewski unfolded her third studio album “Almost Spring” with twelve enchanting new songs. The brittle cold of the journey shows in the sparsely orchestrated pieces, arranged with only piano or acoustic guitars, ukulele and vocals, while beatbox bass flute and earthy percussion on the other hand make the snow melt. Over all there is Milewski’s fascinating voice, a riot in colours like the fresh blossoms of spring. “The songs were partly written on snowy winter evenings in Vienna and partly in a 200 year old cottage somewhere on the west coast of Ireland, cut off from the rest of the world.” Agnes Milewski recounts the genesis of “Almost Spring”. On her winter journey Agnes formed congenial musical partnerships with Irish guitarist Eddie McLachlan, the Vienna beatbox flautist Walter Till, and Bernd Bechtloff, former drummer with Hubert von Goisern and well as Austrian folk legend Stephan ‘Stoney’ Steiner, an international team reaching out from Austria to the world.
With subtle references to Schubert’s “Winterreise”, these twelve songs represent Agnes Milewski’s own personal journey through a long winter to a long awaited spring awakening.
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