“Engine” – Cornelia (Ramjac) [ALBUM] July 23, 2008Posted by rocketsciencemedia in Press Releases.
“I had these sounds in my head…”
Following a decade long search for a musical home, Cornelia – one of Sweden’s best kept secrets – has finally found what she was looking for in Ramjac. Her unique mix of singer songwriter sensibility and electronic creativity was a perfect match with the Stockholm based label whose previous releases has showcased a similar sound ideal, so it seemed only natural that they would put out her first album.
Many of you will recall the last Ramjac album we put out here at Rocketscience Media by Natalie Gardiner: a beautifully realised experiment in delicate vocal led productions which was received exceptionally well by critics. Engine continues this Ramjac tradition of putting the focus on the singer, and with as much finesse if not more.
Born in Stockholm, Cornelia has been a firm fixture on the Swedish music scene for over a decade. A favourite among some of Sweden’s biggest and most influential artists, the somewhat elusive former New York art student Cornelia collaborated with some of Sweden’s best musicians, programmers and producers to fulfil her musical vision. Goran Kajfes, Johan Skugge and Ramjac’s very own RMJC are just a few of many interesting and celebrated names to help make this groundbreaking album. Early on Cornelia had a very clear idea of what Engine would become: “I had these sounds in my head. My main ambition was really just to get them out of there”, she says.
Cornelia worked out a method where she constructed the songs on three principles. First, she would lay down a Wurlitzer track. Then, a layer of improvisation from different musicians that where to be cut up and recycled. Finally, there would be a third layer of atmospheric sounds. Everything from the Tokyo subway to sounds from outer space can be heard on this truly remarkable album.