By- Jack Pogson
Tigersapp is the posthumous debut release from Newcastle recording artist Szymon Borzestowski. The album was curated and released by Borzestowski’s family and Eloper Music, following the singer’s tragic suicide in 2012.
The album is best described as a beautifully compiled and composed collection of songs, which provide a glimpse into the incredibly imaginative mind of Szymon. Featuring twelve tracks of sprawling acoustic indi-pop, with gorgeously intricate instrumentalism and hauntingly beautiful vocals, the songs display a sophistication and understanding of song writing and lyricism, which precedes Szymon’s youth. Particular tracks like ‘Medusa’, display these qualities in spades. The tracks are rich in an ethereal quality, which have the ability to transport the listener into the narrative and experience the story Szymon is telling.
Halfway through the album experiences a subtle stylistic shift, with less acoustic guitars and a greater focus on jazzier beats and piano/synthesized sounds. These are reminiscent of alternative R&B acts like Chet Faker, for want of a better comparison. An example of this features on the track ‘Runaway’ which, with its change in tempo and style, make it one of the strongest songs on the album.
Closing tracks like ‘Zoo Story’ see the return of relatively familiar acoustic pop sounds, with the introduction of some interesting instrumentals that provide variety to the tail end of the LP.
Tigersapp is effectively the only article of Szymon’s legacy, and provides the listener an all too brief journey through his richly imaginative mind. Coming in at just over forty minutes, an album of this genre might be at risk of overstaying its welcome but, in this instance, is to be expected, given the circumstances of its release. Ultimately an album informed by its context and real life tragedy, it can at times feel slightly disjointed and perhaps slightly too long, given its elegant song writing. The album really feels more like a collection of Szymon’s brilliant prose, rather than an explicitly coherent release.
At the end of the album I was left with a compelling sense of remorse, having had a glimpse into the lost future of such a promising young songwriter. While not a perfect album, it should be celebrated irrespective of its circumstances and cherished for being the complete musical legacy of a richly talented songwriter.
Photo Credit: Szymon Borzestowski