(21 May 2000) Slovenian singer and flute player Tinkara
Kovac's latest album is entitled Koscek Neba (Sazas
(Slovenia) 105326, 1999). The eleven track album is sung
entirely in Slovenian and features highly accessible mainly
popular rock tunes. A biography, stunning photographs of
the artist and soundbites are available at the English
portion of Tinkara's
website. Further information and two additional songs by
the artist—including one sung in English—are available from her
Koscek neba is comprised of songs that fit relatively
easy into one of several categories. The highly pop-oriented
numbers are easy to listen to and are well arranged blending
instrumentals to support Tinkara's soaring vocal passages
with catchy choruses. Songs include "Ko bo prisel" and
with a rocking style reminscent of The Cars, "Loahheeiyeee."
Several of the numbers are more vocally and instrumentally
exploratory and demonstrate the range and depth of the artist's
raw talents and would most comfortably fit into the Eurovision
Song Contest. These include "Brez lazi," "Ti si tu," the
orchestrally rich movie theme-like "Zakaj" and "Grem." The
album's ballads have a gentler texture yet move right along as
well and include "Ko samo skupaj" and the varied "Nikoli."
Tinkara's effective and evocative Slovenian cover of The Corrs
(review) "Only When I Sleep" is entitled
"Od zvezd pijan." She has added her own vocal textures to the
track and the electric guitars have been mixed with a raunchier
sound that works quite well with Tinkara's voice. The track
"Nic je vse" is performed in a similar, but less melodic, style.
The album closes with "Nocem vec" a rocking number with soaring
vocals and hard edged electric guitars. The jazzy Ian Anderson-style
flute solo during the instrumental bridge is most notable.
Tinkara Kovac's latest album is certainly a tribute to a talented
performer. With samples available online, her work should be
explored further. We found her latest album a nice listen!