Blue Coloured Mountain, out now, is the 7-track follow up to Szymon’s posthumously released and critically acclaimed debut album Tigersapp. The music is beautiful in its otherworldliness; like his debut, Blue Coloured Mountain is brimming with Szymon’s much-loved signature sounds: his ethereal voice and the accompanying falsetto harmonies, the off kilter multi-instrumentation and the shuffling poly-rhythms. But it also contains hints to where Szymon’s music was heading before he tragically took his own young life after years battling depression and mental illness.
The family made a decision not to change anything about the recordings. The way they are on the EP is the way Szymon left them. It’s a testament to the distinctive, fully formed sound Szymon created in his short years as a songwriter that these tracks hold together so well. From the almost clubby, instrumental ambience of ‘Anhalt’ to the baroque pop flourishes of ‘Orestes’ through to the heartbreaking, jangly strum of EP closer ‘Come Back Home’, Blue Coloured Mountain feels like an intended and complete body of work.
While releasing Szymon’s music into the world is somewhat bittersweet for his family, the incredibly positive reaction to Tigersapp around the globe reminded them of his music’s ability to heal and transform. Released in 2015, not only did the record receive an ARIA nomination, but also led to an invitation from Splendour In The Grass for Szymon’s brother Donnie Borzestowski (drummer for Gang of Youths), and an all-star line-up including Donnie’s bandmate David Le’aupepe, Emma Louise, Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music) and Little May, to bring Tigersapp to life onstage at the festival.