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Over en by (Above a city) ()

   

There's a very Norwegian area of music that has no real parallel in Britain, a sort of chanson which encompasses new songs, settings of lyrics by Norwegian poets and influences from tradition, delivered by singers and musicians who move between jazz, deep tradition and popular music. One of its prime exponents is Kari Bremnes, who has been making beautiful albums for a quarter century, initially with her brother Ola and since 1987 solo, and she shows no sign of decline or even ageing. She has a serenely articulate voice reminiscent of Judy Collins's early work. Her musicians are always the cream, including here among others, guitarist Knut Reiersrud, bassist Bjørn Kjellemyr, trumpeter Arve Henriksen, violinist Nils Økland and drummer Helge Norbakken, all contributing to a finely suppressed strength and elegance in a set of her own lyrics to melodies mainly her own plus a couple each by her brothers Ola and Lars. All in Norwegian, naturally; she did recently release an album of some of her best known songs in English, and performed them in a rare British show at St Martin in the Fields in December 2004, but there's great attractiveness even for a non-speaker in her delivery of her first language. - Andrew Cronshaw, fRoots

Press from the record label:
With a new band and 14 new songs Kari Bremnes is releasing her ninth solo album "Over en by" [Over a City]. She has written all the lyrics and most of the music.

On this album Kari Bremnes has shifted into a new gear. The essence of her art as a singer/songwriter is more brilliant and inspiring than ever, letting you sense the sparkling energy bubbling underneath her cool and elegantly understated observations on life, time, love and disguise.

The songs on her new album reveal the artist's uncompromising approach to content and style, and often break away from the traditional form of verse following refrain. Combining this with her new band, she has created a fresh new form that cannot be easily categorised. She gives us poetic, pensive, small musical worlds – the feeling is more than ever of the shimmering beauty of Kari Bremnes' music.

Her band consists of Knut Reiersrud, guitar, Bjørn Kjellemyr, bass, Helge Nordbakken, drums, and Bengt Egil Hansen, keyboards. Other contributors are Nils Økland on fiddle, Arve Henriksen, trumpet and Børge Pettersen Øverleir, guitar. All have played on previous Kari Bremnes productions, but this year's combination is new.

The songs:

  • Ansiktet te månen (The face of the moon)
  • En stemme i Athen (A voice in Athens)
  • Per og Pål og Janus (Peter, Paul and Janus)
  • Stjernelause døgn (Starless days)
  • Det skjer nå med oss alle underveis–1 (Something happens to us all on the way–1)
  • Sov du eller (Did you sleep?)
  • Han e en katastrofe (He's cathastrophy)
  • Litt happiness kan ikkje skade (A little happiness won't hurt)
  • Og dagen den va sånn (And that's how the day went)
  • Sommerkjoledyr
  • Det skjer nå med oss alle underveis–2 (Something happens to us all on the way-2)
  • Bestandig elska høsten (Always loved the fall)
  • Over en by (Above a city)

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