NAKED is an alias of London / Berlin – based Agnes Gryczkowska whose music juxtaposes raw explosions of hard industrial rhythms, noise and metal screamo with arias and monophonic lamentations. NAKED’s confrontational presence during live performances shifts between extremities: from masochisms to submission, from pain to pleasure, from violence to softness. The feeling of fear and vulnerability morphs into that of empowerment, anger and hedonistic pleasure.
NAKED’s 2017 EP Total Power Exchange (written with Alex Johnston), released via Halcyon Veil, featured in Aphex Twin’s live sets and Cosey Fanni Tutti’s mixes, and used the sounds of sex, vomit and mutilated vocals to create a distorted and violent noise transgression. The most recent Killed By Roses came out on the same label in 2020 – it plays like a psychological horror drama, and follows the protagonist’s descent from love to demonic hysteria and self-destruction. In 2018 NAKED debuted a new performance called The Cage, which placed the audience inside an industrial-sized cage in an underground vault of London’s Somerset House. The Cage spoke of freedom, control, abolishment of hierarchies and refusal to dominate and be dominated. NAKED has toured extensively performing in clubs, festivals and art galleries across Europe and Asia including Unsound, CTM Festival, Serpentine Galleries, Cafe OTO, SXSW, plus more, and has been featured in the Dazed, i-D, FACT, Pitchfork, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6. Collaborations include those with Mykki Blanco and Yves Tumor, soundtracking work includes Dazed and Nowness. Gryczkowska is currently collaborating with London Contemporary Orchestra on a new record and performance.
As of October 2021