JÆ: Balls And Kittens, Draught And Strangling Rain (Hubro Music)

themilkman on Jan 27th 2011 01:13 am

Jæ: Balls And Kittens, Draught And Strangling Rain

Balls And Kittens, Draught And Strangling Rain
Hubro Music 2010
10 Tracks. 43mins25secs

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Somewhere between the über delicate introspective pop of Susanna Wallumrød and the wonderfully pastoral folk of Alela Diane is Dutch-born singer Jæ, who currently spends her time between Amsterdam and Oslo. Jessica ‘Jay’ Sligter studied music at the conservatories of her native town, Utrecht, and, later, Amsterdam, but it is in Oslo that she recruited the musicians who were to bring this album to life, by hanging around the Norwegian Academy of Music and progressively getting acquainted with members of the improv scene.

Jæ’s music is essentially folk-infused, but the rich arrangements and breadth of instruments used (Jæ herself plays guitar, melodica, piano, flute and recorder, to which are added, amongst others, percussions, strings, brass, mandolin, harmonium, musical saw, ukelele) give this record a much broader scope. Continue Reading »

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