This is the second album from the Norwegian duo aire & angels. Only a grand piano and Siri Gjære’s vocals are used in the music, which nevertheless displays a striking fullness and warmth alongside its intriguing nakedness and transparency. Moving on from their 1999 debut recording focusing on 17th Century poets, the duo now has created music to poems by Rupert Brooke (1887 – 1915), as well as some of Siri’s own writing.

aire & angels sets out to merge solid songwriting and heartfelt lyricism with the looseness and freedom of improvisation. On this album, the priority on melodic content and simple-yet-subtle arrangements is taken even further than the last time. Echoes of jazz phrasing are still essential, but they are subordinate to the songs – and to the mellow qualities of Siri’s unique voice.

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