Szymon Borzestowski’s debut album Tigersapp has been released posthumously and lovingly by his family and friends, three years after the 23-year-old Newcastle musician lost his life to depression. This – the record he would have released – gives a glimpse into the vibrant inner world he had hoped to share.
Music was Szymon’s life. He loved it, lived it, breathed it. A bright and brilliant talent, the young artist would happily lose himself in his bedroom studio for days, playfully honing his humble yet hypnotic art-pop.
“I want my music to be timeless.” – Szymon
Szymon worked tirelessly throughout 2008 to record an album’s worth of songs, putting him on the verge of signing an EMI record deal at just 19. Tragically, at this time the effects of mental illness began to cast a growing shadow, so it was decided his treatment had to come first. Nevertheless, Szymon continued to write, even as his battle with depression became more debilitating and the world more unbearable. In December 2012, this battle became too much and Szymon took his own life. But his heartbroken family were determined not to let his beloved music pass with him.
“I’d told Szymon that whenever he was ready I would love to put out his music but I never expected that it would be without him here.” – Craig Hawker
Unwavering believers in Szymon’s talent and potential, they collaborated with fellow supporters Craig Hawker (Sony ATV) and Mark Holland (EMI) to give the album the spotlight it deserves.
“Szymon had a rare energy and enthusiasm for his craft,” says Hawker. “I’d told Szymon that whenever he was ready I would love to put out his music but I never expected that it would be without him here. His music has felt like a secret for a long time now and I’m proud to play a part in helping people to discover and celebrate a young talent’s life and work.”
Mixed in part by Rusty Santos (Animal Collective, Owen Pallett) and Ian Pritchett (Angus & Julia Stone), Tigersapp is a rich and touching testament to the talents of this singer-songwriter-composer. From his humble home-studio, Borzestowski layered the lush sounds of guitar atop bass, woodwind, drums, synth and samples. It is a final sadness that Szymon himself cannot enjoy the end-result, however it remains a small comfort that his life’s work can now finally be shared.
Tigersapp is out now on Eloper Music