Northern Lights

Margriet Sjoerdsma, Odelion Orchestra

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Original Recording Format: DXD

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After her acclaimed album Odelion was released in 2019, singer/songwriter Margriet Sjoerdsma continues her journey on Northern Lights with the Odelion Orchestra, a new Stereo DXD recording from Sound Liaison.

Northern Lights features an adventurous line-up of vocals, piano, strings, and brass instruments. The album’s title is an ode to the mystical light that is a phenomenon in Scandinavian nature.

Margriet Sjoerdsma always wanted to make an album with pianist Jeroen van Vliet. And she wanted deep brass on the album and three strings. And so, the Odelion Orchestra was filled with the Westside String Trio – Jeroen van Vliet, Vera van der Bie, and Isabella Petersen – with violin, viola, and cello. The brass group that rounds out the Odelion Orchestra with horn, trombone and bass trombone provides a balanced sound and sufficient bass lines. Sjoerdsma describes the album itself as a song cycle of Folk, Jazz, and Pop, dressed in a chamber music jacket.

On Northern Lights, we have created a sound field that is intimate but also with enough depth to have a visual representation of the instruments. The idea is to let the melodic part of each instrument stand out yet never overshadow the whole. The benefit of this approach is that you can visualize the ensemble in front of you; trombones and French horn left, voice in the middle with the piano placed slightly further to the back and the strings to the right. This is not the commercial radio friendly approach, with the instruments piled on top of each other straight down the middle.

In a sense we are old fashioned, maybe we listened to too many old jazz recordings, but on the other hand as the great Louis Armstrong said; “The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician. Things like old folks singing in the moonlight in the backyard on a hot night or something said long ago”.

— Frans de Rond & Peter Bjørnild, Sound Liaison

Margriet Sjoerdsma – Vocals, Compositions, Arrangements & Guitar
Jeroen van Vliet – Piano
Vera van der Bie – Violin
Isabella Petersen – Viola
Annie Tangberg – Cello
Louk Boudesteijn – Trombone
Pablo Martinez – Bass Trombone
Romain Bly – French Horn

Tracklist

1.
Forgiveness
04:46
2.
Son Sit Down
04:31
3.
Ghost Town
06:16
4.
Won't Be Coming Home
03:02
5.
Getting Stuck On What Could Be
05:25
6.
Northern Lights
02:44
7.
Two Grown Ups
04:07
8.
I Wish I Would Dare To Say It Anyway
03:44
9.
The Poet
03:20
10.
Brambles and Thorns
04:43
11.
Blue Eyed Boy
07:44
12.
Enslaved To The Grave
03:07
13.
Lying Hearts That Lie Awake At Night
04:24
14.
Einzelhymne
04:38

Total time: 01:02:31

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Label

SKU

SL1042A

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Amplifiers

Simaudio Moon 760A

Cables

AudioQuest

Digital Converters

Horus, Merging Technologies

Editing Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Headphones

Sennheiser HD800S, AKG 702

Mastering Engineer

Frans de Rond

Microphone Pre Amps

Horus, Merging Technologies

Original Recording Format

Piano Tuning

Naomi van Schoot

Producer

Peter Bjørnild

Recording Engineer

Frans de Rond

Recording location

MCO, Studio 2, Hilversum, The Netherlands, on March 24-25th, 2018

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

Speakers

TAD Compact Evolution One

Release Date November 14, 2020

Press reviews

Jazz Radar

Northern Lights opens quietly with piano and vocals on the song by Jeroen van Vliet and Fay Lovsky (The Poet). It ends with the solemn music of Einzelhymne (Louk Boudesteijn). In keeping with the current era, it is about a young man who waves to an old man behind the window every day.

Between the opening and closing track there are ten other gems that, in terms of musical experience, navigate between dramatic (Two Grown Ups), exciting (Won’t Be Coming Home), exciting, expectant (I Wish) and more. All of which sound adventurous and challenging. The lyrics are from real life and certainly matter! With songs about forgiveness (Forgiveness), mortgages (Enslaved To The Grave) and the art of living.

Margriet Sjoerdsma wants to challenge the audience to restore listening, as if it were a ritual. The attentive listener is hereby warned against the combination of music and text. This album can come in quite a bit!

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