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PHAEDRA

The Sea

Release:  24.01.2011

Label:  Rune Grammofon

Avantgenre:  Tranquil Death Chant Waves

Duration:  38:52

Origin:  Norway

Official site:  http://www.phaedrasongs.com

Review online since:  23.03.2011 / 08:20:11

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A scenery, so impressive in its blurred matte colours, its smells of seaweed and heavy evening air, one that quickly takes your breath, so that you hardly dare to move. Meanwhile, a hooded crow draws wide circles over the silent and menacing dark sea, hypnotizing the mute observer with her constant flight, so that within moments he forgets the mainland in his back and soon is in danger of loosing himself in the sight of the gloomy feathered one swinging through the wafts of mist. Isn’t there a gentle melody sounding through the grey-blue, like voices from the opposite bank of the legendary coast from which no one ever returned alive?

If Ingvild Langgård rises into the air under her stage name PHAEDRA, then she does so with an almost magical consistency that not only enchants, but also scares you. "Along the way / I forgot my soul / Think I lost it somewhere in the shadow of the woods", the Norwegian sings with her miraculous voice in "Black Dog" and who wants to follow her in those woods which at night are certainly teeming with huldra and more evil creatures? "Death Will Come" sings PHAEDRA right at the beginning of her disturbingly beautiful debut album "The Sea" and she takes the hand of the unassertively flinching listener, so that he follows the so graciously vocal-weaving one into her mythical world, through which he soon wanders and flies, soon plunges into the shivery water, not knowing which of his senses he can trust upon at all.

In the prosaic language of a reviewer one might reduce this spell on a dreamy musical voyage on the traces of Hildegard von Bingen to Goldfrapp, but such a description wouldn’t live up to the depth of the music. What knows the man of today to tell or to write about timeless beauty? PHAEDRA comes frighteningly near to the unspeakable.

(This is a translation of a review which was originally published in the German Legacy Magazine #71)

Thor Joakimsson



TRACKLIST:

01 - Death Will Come
02 - Honeydewed Autumn
03 - The First To Die
04 - Oserian
05 - Black Dog
06 - Sister
07 - The Darkest Hour
08 - The Sea

 

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