Monika Brodka is fast becoming a Polish pop phenomenon, she’s wonderfully unconventional and is one of the most mesmerising pop stars in Poland today.
The 24-year-old singer won Polish Idol in 2004, but despite relative success in the years that followed it wasn’t until the release of her third album ‘Granda’ in 2010 that her true talent shone through.
Of course, all good things come to those who wait, and it’s definitely been worth hanging around for Monika, who’s proving beyond any doubt that she’s more than just the winner of a reality TV pop show.
She’s been compared understandably to Kate Bush and Bjork, and while there are some similarities certainly, here is an artist who is truly one-of-a-kind. Her style has been described as electro, rock, indie, roots, or depending on the review a mix of all four, but labels can’t easily be attached to her original and unique performance.
‘Granda’ gifts us the unusual and exceptional single ‘W pięciu Smakach’, a fast-paced and noisy song about an old Warsaw market, boozy nights out and Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup. It’s an exceptional track, which perfectly portrays Monika’s whimsical originality.
Monika’s latest release ‘LAX’ is rightly receiving critical acclaim both at home and abroad. Her latest single ‘Varsovie’ is taking the Polish charts by storm, currently holding the No.1 spot; it’s an amazing indie dancepop beast of a track, seamlessly blending feelings of melancholy and exhilaration.
It may be premature to suggest international success is about to strike, but it’s no coincidence the songs were recorded in Los Angeles and in Monika’s own words ‘ It’s a bit of an experiment. We had absolutely no idea what to expect. But the language of musicians is universal. That is why we got along quite well in these new circumstances. We simply took it as great adventure.’
I’m certain for Monika the adventure has only just begun.
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