Boine, Mari - See the Woman (2 LP)
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It's a debut in a twofold respect: Sami singer Mari Boine's first album completely in English and her first album for the label MPS, recorded by producer Tobias Frøberg.
A melancholic, spherical pop sound meets a sophisticated lyrical concept.
"Some melodies I pick from the trees like fruit", says MARI BOINE about her songwriting process. The singer has been the unofficial ambassador of the Sami people in the far north of Scandinavia for more than two decades, but she is also a poet in tune with nature.
But of course, songwriting doesn't always come this easy. "Other songs are harder to shape", adds Boine. "SEE THE WOMAN" reveals new facets of the Norwegian singer, who is well known for her tribalistic songs in between World Music and Jazz. "I have been singing in my native language for 30 years. It was time to do something different. It was a real challenge to compose the music that I dreamt about when I was young."
For the first time, Boine has recorded a whole album (except the song "Adine & Isak") in English. It's a genuine pop record. Large Scandinavian hallways full of reverb open up, the clear voice of Mari Boine floating over spherical keyboards. The singer hasn't sounded this young in a long time, while always maintaining a melancholic tone. "That's the Sami Blues that follows me everywhere," says Boine, who describes the sound of the record as "soft". "It's not like I have left the shamanistic beat and the wilder expressions in my music. This is just another side of me."