EAST-EUROPEAN SYNTH MELANCHOLY
Never Sol is the alias of Sara Vondraskova- musician, composer and producer based in Prague, Czech Republic. In her musical practise she is now mainly interested in combining vocal with synthesizers. Searching for deconstruction in forms, driven and inspired by rough noisy sharp sounds with dark harsh drone elements, she is exploring the relationship between fragility and massiveness of sound and finds time and work with time as the crucial element and lynchpin when creating an emotional context and environment for the listener.
As Never Sol, she creates melancholic compositions that are based on layered synth soundscapes, dark melodies shrouded in tons of reverb with thick yet delicate vocals. Melting in drone surfaces but cutting deep with distorted and noisy elements . A strong connection to songwriting, intricate chord progressions, synths and voice are the cornerstones of her musical output. In the past year she started performing and improvising live with modular synthesizer which helps her disintegrate and refresh her classical songwriting approach.
With solo project Never Sol she released two studio albums: Under Quiet 2013 (Denovali Records) and Chamaleo 2018 (Supraphon) with which she toured in Europe and performed in venues and festivals like Lunchmeat Festival, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Pohoda Festival, Colours of Ostrava, Electronic Music Festival EMAF Tokyo, Knockdown Centre, Union Pool, Open The Portal, Essen Denovali Festival, Haldern Pop Festival and more.
Since 2015 she also composes music for contemporary dance performances and theatre. Sara created music for dance ensembles like Spitfire Company, Marketa Vacovska, TYhle, BurkiCom, Pomezi, DOT 504 and composed music for projects in City Theatre of Žilina or Prague City Gallery . In 2021 she has been awarded with Czech Dance Platform Music Award for the performances Seperated (Marketa Vacovska) and Constellations III (Spitfire Company).
Sara hosts a radio show at Czech National Radio Vltava focused on alternative music scene and performs with electroacoustic project FLOEX.
She is an RBMA 2014 and CTM Hacklab 2018 alumna and took a summer course of Recorded Sound at Computer Music Centre of Columbia University NY. Sara holds a bachelor in Cultural Studies at Faculty of Arts, Charles University and has studied Jazz & Vocal at Prague Conservatory and Jazz Academy in Prague.
LEON LP limited edition of 100 copies available here : https://neversol.bandcamp.com/
,, Czech synth sorceress Never Sol’s anthem for freedom,....If her previous works rely on the delicacy of her voice and more simple musical arrangements, ‘Leon’ is Never Sol’s masterpiece, spotlighting her deep, intoxicating voice, enhanced by complex, orchestra-like synthesisers.’’(The Calvert Journal)