In her native Croatia the singer/songwriter Irena Zilic was critics' choice with her 2014 debut album „Travelling“ and again with the 2017 follow-up „Haze“, both released on her own small label Cuckoo. After her second album she also got some important international recognition definitely confirmed in autumn of 2018 with the great opportunity to join Morcheeba as a support act for their UK and Italian tour dates.
In the past decades we saw just a handful of all girl indie rock bands from Croatia with the regular studio recordings and great gigs. But in the last few years a whole bunch of the female bands arrived on stage and right now indie girls lead the way especially in Zagreb area.
The 2013 launch party of the short-lived Croatian edition of Rolling Stone magazine was nothing more than an ordinary promo event until previously little known J.R. August came on stage to play a few songs from his debut EP Change of Seasons. The long-haired piano player, poet, singer/songwriter and passionate fisherman from the small town of Zabok near Zagreb changed the vibe immediately and made everyone in the audience curious enough to google him.
What a long strange trip it's been. In the early 90s, some teenage psychedelic rock freaks from the city of Zagreb started the band Šumski (Forest Man) with a weird idea to play the music of Amon Duul, a long-forgotten late 60s Bavarian underground and krautrock collective.