Released: April 2015
A Nordic nymph has been sent to ease your ears into folking euphoria. Jenny Lysander’s Northern Folk embraces a certain gentle sorrow that makes your spine tingle and the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.
Lysander’s voice is similar to Laura Marling but more wistful and wandering, using a bit more vibrato (comparable to Celtic singers but not as violent). And with musical talents that have also been likened to Fairport Convention and Nick Drake, this is one awe-inspiring offering of songs.
The 21-year-old has managed to create a debut album ready to take the folk world by storm. Lysander recorded the whole collection in two sessions in May 2014, hidden away in Mediterranean woods far away from any distraction, and that’s exactly the sound you get from Northern Folk.
The album has a calming effect, which creates emotion through the simple musical changes and collaborations throughout the record. The title track and the more upbeat Dancing on the Edge are must listen to songs, though each track brings something special to the table.
2015 is delivering some great new artists and Jenny Lysander is definitely one to watch. I can’t see how she could improve on this first album, so it’s going to be interesting to see her next move.
Northern Folk is released on the 27th April.