Amsterdam-based artist Jasmine Karimova is taking her story and spinning it into a resilience ready to be shared with the world. The multimedia artist is trained in classical piano and brings this — as well as her talent for guitar — to her album, From The Womb, though it is her voice and poetic lyrics that often reach out and into the body of those listening.
Though the album will be released on April 4th, you can listen above to “Little Love” for a taste of what is to come. The track is dark and reminds one of Fiona Apple in its poetry and smooth vocals — the imagery dips just enough to tingle viscerally.
From pop-rock to folk-pop to delicate sweet melodies, From The Womb does not become weighed down by genre, nor does it fixate on one feeling. Through the album there is bitterness (“Daddy”), melancholy (“Blue”), and thoughtfulness (“Mother”), but there is also a sense of power and a world of heart. Each thought that is introduced is finished and placed within the context of a life. For example, what becomes a trilogy of songs named for family members finishes with the affectionate and reflective “Little Sister” and the question of whether love can be enough for someone facing loss.
Reflection is a key component of the album. Karimova is not only interested in reciting a history, but of learning and sharing from experiences. This is most direct on “Leaving Amsterdam”, in which she explores the feelings of love that can only come from leaving a place. It’s a complex and almost overwhelmingly relatable concept. Always keeping her music honest, Karimova ends with a nod to her Russian roots with “Glazami I Dushoi” (“Eyes and Soul”) a rising track that ends with a steady beat — a constant thrum.