Czech vocalist and cellist Dorota Barová is a new name for me, but her rather glorious voice brings up memories of Portuguese singers like Teresa Salgueiro, who you might remember as the lead singer of Madredeus. Barovà has had an impressive career, as her first album, the award-winning debut “Iluzja” (Anděl Award), propelled her to fame in the Czech indie music scene. Her sophomore release, Dotyk (Touch), brings a collection of new songs and lyrics authored by Barová, which she recorded in trio with guitarist Miroslav Chyška (member of Illustratosphere, J.A.R. and Sexy Dancers) and bass guitarist Miloš Klápště (known for his collaboration with Aneta Langerová, MarZ, Janoušek-Wroblewski Quartet, Beata Hlavenková).
Curiously, the album is sung entirely in Polish. Her phrasing makes the language sound elegant even to foreign ears like mine. The lyrics are inspired by the poet Krzystof Kamil Baczyński and the author and journalist Teresa Drozda. It’s pleasing to hear such a cross-country endeavor like this.