“Secret Love 4” – Various Artists (Sonar Kollektiv) [ALBUM] November 14, 2007Posted by rocketsciencemedia in Press Releases.
TITLE: Secret Love 4 / ARTIST: Various Artists [Compiled by Alex Dallas & Jazzanova] / LABEL: Sonar Kollektiv / RELEASE DATE: 29th October / CAT NO: SK160CD
Folk music is by definition an expression of the life of people in a community; and the wonderful people at Sonar Kollektiv certainly seem to share the same philosophy, where listening to music is a pleasure that relaxes the mind and refuels the soul. With the release of the Secret Love compilation series, Sonar Kollektiv have successfully tried to encapsulate this spirit shared amongst friends and fans of the label, and delivered a very personal vision of what folk music is. Given the success of the previous volumes of Secret Love, Sonar Kollektiv faced something of a challenge: renewing a definition that is more emotional than based on an actual music classification – for the 4th time – and writing a new chapter in their adventures in folk music without betraying the work already done is a Herculean task.
With Secret Love 4, Alex Dallas and Jazzanova present various artists that share with them the belief that folk music is a genre that transcends all predefined categories. Folk music refers above all to a certain spirit – a particular way of understanding and feeling the world around us – that every artist expresses and relates to his people in its own way. This definition linking the concept of folk and soul is at the core of every song selected for the compilation. Moreover, every artist shares a love for organic orchestrations and vocals sung with a mellow and delicate voice. They all challenge the stereotypes that come with folk music without betraying the singer/songwriter tradition where the message conveyed is as important as the music played.
Many new talents in the field of folk and neo-folk such Findlay Brown with “Losing the Will to Survive” or Jamie Woon and his “Wayfairing Stranger” are here gathered to refresh our ears alongside more experimental artists such as multi-instrumentalist and singer Andrew Bird with “Imitosis”, taken from his critically acclaimed album Armchair Apocrypha or the 5-piece american neo-folk band Midlake. Their tune – “Roscoe (Beyond the Wizard Sleeve’s Mix)” – with its contemporary grooves taken from their critically acclaimed album called The Trials of Van, has a beautiful definition of what modern folk is all about. From Clara Hill with “About You” via Thief with “Down, down”, over to A Race of Angels with “Afrika Displaced”, every artist gives his personal meaning of the word love. Minimal-techno producer Kalabrese will astound more than one fan with the tune “Hide” taken from his latest album Rumpelzirkus, featuring reggae-soul singer Guillermo Sohrya with his soulful and deep voice. Radio 1 hip-hop DJ Zane Lowe reveals his soul and folky side through his band Breaks Co-Op and a beautiful piece called “Duet” (which some may remember was expertly remixed last year by Atlantic Conveyor).
Adding icing to the cake is singer/songwriter legend Paul Weller. Alex Dallas and Jazzanova have decided to pay homage to his career by releasing the beautiful ballad “The Loved”, where his voice finds the perfect harmony between light acoustic guitar riffs and flute melodies for the happiest end you could possibly think of.
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