I Am Here Now EP by Gabriella Vergilov

Gabriella Vergilov says I Am Here Now with a brand new EP upon her return to Ben Sims' Symbolism label.

I Am Here Now EP by Gabriella Vergilov PHOTO BY ELIZA GEORGIEVA
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The four-track EP for Ben Sims' imprint pays tribute to the artist's Bulgarian background and lands in late April, early May. Throughout "I Am Here Now", her first full EP for Symbolism since dropping a track for the Synchronicity compilation in 2021, Vergilov uses her Bulgarian mother tongue and references Bulgarian poetry and cinema in a love letter to her homeland and rumination on the significance of roots.

The pristine mechanical funk of "Kristalen" features "For The Flying People" by Bulgarian poet Valeri Petrov while the sample and title of "Strashni Ochi" (dangerous eyes), a tunneling late-night groove, tips a nod to one of the country's iconic films (Ladies Choice, 1980) and its star, the late Stefan Danailov.

"Round And Round" kicks off the second half of the EP with a skeletal rhythm track punctuated with manic synth hits and primal vocals, and according to the Copenhagen-based DJ/producer, the track is a bridge between her beginnings and where she is as an artist now. "I Am Here Now", an abstract of inner-city certainty of the self, closes with a fittingly confident slice of sparse, spaced-out techno.

Gabriella Vergilov - I Am Here Now EP
Release Date April 2022
Label Symbolism Ltd.

1. Kristalen
2. Strashni Ochi
3. Round & Round
4. I Am Here Now

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