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CLARISSA CONNELLY ‘The Voyager’

May 4, 2021 | Acoustic, Reviews

An age-old path to discover new realms

Clarissa Connelly freely admits to a love of Kate Bush and Enya, but The Voyager is rooted in a different time and place. Whilst rambling round dozens of pre-Cristian sites in Denmark, such as dolmens, Viking forts, and burial mounds, melodies would form in Connelly’s mind. Marrying these whispered strains to song structures, and delving into eons of environmental change, this became the basis of the album. However, for all the bucolic and arcane references the album defies any simple trad categorisation. Yes, aspects of Danish folk songs do exist in its dna, but Connelly has a love of synthesised tones and a progressive approach her songcraft. It’s more in line with Bat For Lashes or Gazelle Twin’s examinations of folklore. A collection of songs which took an age-old path to discover new realms.

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