Singer/Songwriter Malenka new single 'Pain Makes You Present'

releasing December 2 on all download/streaming platforms


Matrix Promotions

Polish-born, London based, singer-songwriter Malenka bares her soul - and eats a lot of cereal - in her new single, ‘Pain Makes You Present’.

Born in Warsaw to Monika and Ireneusz, Malenka was raised by her single mother after her musician father left; at 16, after an arty, bohemian childhood she decided to move to London, following in her father’s footsteps. Teaching herself English in preparation, she becomes a beekeeper, selling honey-infused beer in an East London pub, and studies Psychology, while working on her songs.

Her debut EP, ‘Creature of Devotion’ is a stripped back selection of dream-pop tracks that tiptoe over London and Warsaw tower blocks, telling bitter-sweet stories and featuring rolling, folksy, bluesy rhythms. Malenka likes to keep things simple, and her music is sometimes vulnerable, sometimes powerful, always entrancing. The first single from the EP, Pain Makes You Present, will be released on December 2. The video for the single (a Little Windmill production, directed by Eli Hart) features Malenka as a young woman desperate to win a competition - we never really know what exactly - by munching her way through bowl after bowl of cereal, as her haunting, plaintive voice and country-influenced guitar plays.

“I wrote ‘Pain Makes You Present’ when absolutely heartbroken and everything in my life was going wrong. But it felt like the pain of it all gave me clarity - about where I was and where I wanted to be (not eating cornflakes)!”

Compared to everyone from Lorde to Hope Sandoval to Billie Eilish, Malenka’s own influences include Patti Smith and Leonard Cohen, and her blend of pop, rock, folk and blues is endlessly appealing.

Malenka has arrived.

‘Creature of Devotion’ is produced by Matt Keightley and mastered at Sterling Sound, with vocal coaching by Juliet Russell and management by Daffodil Machete. It will be released early in 2023.

December 2, 2022 5:46am ET by Matrix Promotions  

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