“Unusually strange and beautiful… Finnish melancholy and babbling eccentricity…” are some of the phrases the press wrote to describe Copenhagen based fin Johanna Elinas debutalbum. Now she is back with a new genre-crossing album “Belonging” (Eclipse/ DME).
In a time where the jazz scene overflows with bright female voices, Johanna Elina is a different encounter with her alto voice. But it’s not just her voice that explores the dark and deep. The album lyrics covers stories of contradictions, birth and death, alienation and belonging.
The music can be characterized as electronic soundscapes and experimental melodies letting each song be open and an individual unit.
Belonging was Nominated for a Danish Grammy 2016 for a best vocal album of the year.
Iceland with Birgir Jón Birgisson (e.g. Sigur Rós.)
“I always want to work with the best people I can find. I don’t want to compromise. I needed to find a person who can understand my universe and ideas, go away from my daily routines” Therefore the new album “Belonging” is mixed at Sundlaugin studio in Iceland, with Birgir Jón Birgisson. Birgir has been working with many great international artists e.g. Sigur Rós, and has helped Johanna develop her personal sound and expressionon on the album.
The album was in Finland and Estonia in April 2016 and internationally, including Denmark and UK in the fall 2016. (Eclipse/ DME).
The other musicians in the band are well known from their own constallations.
Anders Filipsen –synthesizers has released two albums as a band leader “The white nothing and the Black Nothing”with both albums receiving a lot of glroyfying feedback. He’s also a member of a Danish trio Firebirds, and Travelling Tribes A daring mixture of world, alternative rock and psychedelia. And a winner of two Danish Grammys.
Henrik Olsson– guitar is well knowin in the alternative/improv scene in Copenhagen. He is also an active composer and explorer of alternative ways of approaching his instrument. He is also leading his own group Penumbra Ensemble.
Håkon Berre – drums and rhythms, is and active member of improv and alteranative jazz scene in the Northern Europe. He is a founder of the Barefoot Records collective, playes in a band of Maria Faust and is a master of constant improvisation, in life and in music.