Folk from a parallel universe – is how Slovenian Širom describe their music. They play anything from balafon to banjo, mirna to kalimba, while staying true to their folk roots. Tellingly, Ana and Samo met on an improvisation workshop, and both have punk rock background – to be joined by Iztok as third in 2015. The creative process is often conflicted, as they each have strong ideas on music – but this is exactly what makes Širom stand out: their constant experimenting, breaking barriers, while maintaining a humble approach towards heritage. Unexpected turns are held together by a meditative DIY aesthetic that make the audience appreciate the present moment. Reviews have soon noticed, as did tastemaker Glitterbeat label, and signed them for their second album (I can be a Clay Snapper – tak:til / Glitterbeat, 2017). As the above indicate, Širom are worth listening to. Their gig at Ritmo promises to be a true discovery.
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