Published on 04/01/2022 11:00 am

If there’s one thing the plague was good for, it leveled the playing field a bit. There is not much of a difference between a global megastar and an up-and-coming singer-songwriter when both are quarantining in their bedrooms. Well, the bedroom size may differ, but you get the point. Enter Regen, a young Slovenian pop-rock band that looks and sounds neither Slovenian nor young. They are, by all accounts, the best thing that happened to Slovenian music in 2021. No wonder, with tunes than can match up with anything out there, artistically and production-wise.

You couldn’t really tell by her English or by the depth of her lyrics, but Regen’s lead vocalist Gaja Kuščer only graduated from high school last year. As is so often the case, she started making music in her bedroom. Soon enough, she was combining melancholic and dreamy melodies with lively and energetic retro instrumentals, resembling the sound of the 80s.

She managed this with the help of five other young musicians. Gašper Sedej on guitar, Andraž Dražumerič on bass, Jan Mori on keyboards and Maks Rozman on percussion. Regen identify themselves as making international music, worthy of listening to it on a midnight drive down an empty highway or on a hazy rainy day. Which is kind of fitting for Luxembourg. Except for the empty highway part. But I digress.

While they are masters of their own fate, the band will happily admit influences by Bov Iver, Lana del Ray and The Paper Kites. They are also a product of their generation. Especially in the sense that they first established themselves online and then morphed into the off-line world. And while it probably goes without saying, their social media game is as strong as anyone’s. In fact, the only thing missing from their portfolio at this stage is an actual album.

And by the looks of it, that is not too far removed, either.

Check out Regen on Youtube, Spotify or wherever you get you music from and Balkan Express will be back next week.

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