After a near death experience and a chance encounter with ’60s folk sensation Jerry Yester, NYC-based artist and musician Ziemba, recorded a cover of Yester’s 1969 cult masterpiece with Judy Henske, “Rapture.” From her debut album, Hope is Never, “Rapture” is a dreamy folk-pop ballad Ziemba calls her “dance at death’s edge—my whimsical glance into the abyss.”
The artist, whose real name is René Kladzyk, describes Yester’s work as “existing in a musical space located far outside of its time and the trodden terrain of planet Earth.” Her “Rapture” music video exudes the same feeling. Featuring flowing gowns designed by the singer herself, the video is a colorful ’60s wonderland mixed with Ziemba’s vision of the future—an existential, beautiful meditation on death.
Ziemba and a friend hold an over-the-top dinner party for two, traipse through a dystopian forest and run alongside a seemingly endless ocean in three minutes of eccentric elegance. In vibrant yellows and reds, Ziemba creates her own little world with “Rapture”—a bizarre fantasy we’d like to visit.
Watch the BULLETT premiere of “Rapture,” below, and check out Ziemba at Brooklyn’s Aviv on August 12.