nina gala ‘ swan heart’ - White Cassette & Zine Duo (Pre-Order)
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DTV is honoured to bring you this limited edition physical release of Swan Heart by Baltimore based singer, songwriter and guitarist Nina Gala. Gala creates intensely intimate songs that draw attention to the richness of our inner worlds and the preciousness of our feelings, experiences and dreams. gala began performing her touching narrative driven songs in 2016, quickly becoming known in Baltimore’s rich arts community for quieting rooms with her unmistakable voice and emotionally charged solo shows. Following two independently released eps "gala." (2017) and "renaissance" (2020), gala returns with her debut full length album, swan heart.
In the summer of 2020, gala found herself at the end of a six year long partnership, in the middle of a pandemic and living alone for the first time. Over the next six months, with not much more than a mattress on the floor and her amp plugged into the wall, she started writing the songs which would become her debut, "swan heart". With support from emerging Baltimore-based producer Erik Schwarzenberg (Revolver, Little Lungs), who co-produced the album, gala has expanded her sonic universe to include bass written by gala herself, percussion, and string arrangements by Jon Birkholz (Adjective Animal, Super City). While emotive storytelling remains at the center of gala's practice, these embellishments help "swan heart" stand out as the most sophisticated work in the artist's collection.
This limited edition physical release comes in an edition of only 50, available in both dusty pink and white, each tape comes with a copy of an equally limited edition zine ‘retreat: the making of swan heart’, created by Gala, featuring hand written diary entries and Polaroid scans from her time creating this beautiful album.