Four years later Piesni, Polish composer Michał Jacaszek returned with a new album. KWIATY is out now via Ghostly International. “I tend to always create organic, acoustic sounds, even though I work within a digital environment,” explains Jacaszek. “Because KWIATY is actually a vocal album, the electronic sounds in the background seemed to be a perfect opposition. It’s all unintentional, really; this is just my music language and I can’t run away from it.” Full streaming is available below.

It all started with a book, as these things often do: an English anthology of metaphysical poetry from the 17th century, to be exact. Which may not sound like the sexiest option on the shelves, but hear us out. The gentleman plowing through those weathered pages happened to be Michał Jacaszek, the Polish composer who’s spun dramatic shades of darkness and light into gold for more than a decade now. An absolute master of melancholy, from the trickle-down electronics of Treny to the vapor-trailed verses of its looming spiritual cousin KWIATY.

“The poems were simple, pure and beautiful,” Jacaszek says of the book’s poignant Robert Herrick passages. “They spoke about death, pain, longing and loneliness, but somehow these pieces were bringing hope, solace, and peace.”