Artist Spotlight: Slovakian Singer-Songwriter Homes' Sweet Reflections
Introducing… Peter Kravárik, a Slovakian singer-songwriter releasing soft, sweet songs under the moniker Homes. We’re giving this week’s Artist Spotlight to Homes because he deserves it — specializing in a really lovely blend of atmospheric folk, he’s worked hard to create quiet magic with his music, and we want you to hear it.
We asked Homes to tell us a little about his work and here’s what he had to say:
My first two singles have very important meanings to me, “Younger Sun” being the first song I ever sang on, which had always been the biggest dream of mine (I started singing just three months before I recorded it), and “loveable” because lyrically, it is a very important topic for me. It is about self-love, an effort to tell the listener to love themselves unconditionally because that's the most important thing. It was inspired by a very close person who broke down beside me and went on to talk to me about how much they hate themselves, [though they are] one of the most wonderful, kind, loving people I have ever met. After that, I knew I had to talk more about this issue (it kind of seems to be a taboo around me) and spread awareness — writing a song seemed like the best thing I could do. I tried to put everything I wanted to say to this person, and everybody else who suffers the same, into the lyrics.
So not only is Homes making beautiful work, but he’s doing it for good reason. He has a mission — to get real about tough subjects and encourage people to see themselves in new ways. It’s an important endeavor and one we’re more than happy to support.
Before Homes was a solo artist, he worked as a songwriter and producer for some of Slovakia’s biggest pop stars. Though he was surely a needed and talented contributor in that world, he began focusing on his solo work just last year, first releasing several lovely instrumental compilations prior to the release of his two latest singles, “Younger Sun” and “loveable,” that feature his own vocals for the first time ever.
Back in August, Homes dropped “Younger Sun,” the first big indication that he was ready to make new moves beyond his clear talent as an instrumentalist. The track opens with a dizzying swell of blooming choir-like vocal ghosts before Homes offers a tender guitar line, layers of twangy strums tripping over each other. His voice comes in — this haunting, breathy wisp — floating above the buzz of strings. You can barely make out the lyrics, but that’s okay, because Homes’ voice is an instrument, and he’s moving into vocals-friendly production gently, allowing himself to work up to clearer delivery towards the end when a verse breaks through the ambient arrangement.
Two months ago, Homes returned with “loveable,” another dreamy folk ballad that finds his thin, vaporous vocals just the slightest bit more confident at the forefront of a dazzling strings-based arrangement. Though the track works to dismantle the toxic feeling that we don’t deserve love — an admirable if not lofty attempt — it’s devastating, this soft ethereal composition rich with acoustic rhythms that sound like they themselves are crying. Regardless, it’s an unbearably lovely piece that threatens to crush you with its poignant end when Homes warbles “whoever told you you couldn’t love yourself was wrong.”
A skilled producer and songwriter, Homes (we hope) is bound to continue crafting bittersweet ballads built on sincere messaging and dreamy arrangements. We can’t wait to see what he’s got for us next.