REBEKKA BAKKEN 

Rebekka Bakken - Things You Leave Behind

Release date: Sept 28th 2018 
Label: OKeh (Sony) 
Catalog nos: 19075876372 (CD) / 19075876371 (Vinyl)

 

Love it, change it or leave it - the three options with which gurus and calendar poets show us the way out of any possible misery. On her new album "Things You Leave Behind" Rebekka Bakken opts for all three of these possibilities: she loves life so much she experiences it in constant change and lets go of whatever wants to leave. The passage of time and things - elemental for her songs. "The last years have brought a lot of changes to my life, a lot of scary chaos," says the singer-songwriter. "My tour agent died, I have a new booking and a new label. I moved back to Norway, I have a new guy, and last but not least a child! It was a time of change. For me, this shows in this album, which is breaking down images and situations and expectations. There is no relying on anything when there is chaos, and that's when the good stuff starts to happen for me. The less ideas I have about what things are supposed to be, the more comes to the surface. "

 

"Things You Leave Behind" presents Rebekka Bakken as an extraordinarily mature singer and songwriter. The album title marks both a new beginning and a retrospective and stands for music that experiences its future in the here and now. It is her personal liberation and a general slap in the face of critics and other unconscientious objectors. "The world has changed - and I'm not ready for it," says Rebekka Bakken. A few years ago, the Norwegian, who found her own voice in New York at the end of the nineties, moved back to Manhattan. "I'm looking for things to confirm myself. I wanted to co-vibrate with people around me and meet people like me, but everybody was drinking green organic juices and green tea. Soho with her Birkenstocks and not making noise. I always felt strange and weird, but rarely so much. "

 

Out of this mood, this irritation, the new songs emerged. Cindy Lauper's "Time After Time", the cosmopolitan Norwegian only sings her own songs - stylistically very different and yet connected by voice and the fixed rootsy instrumentation. You're looking for expressive spoken words à la Tom Waits ("Dance For You"), emotional gospel ("gospel"), rocking blues ("Black Shades"), melancholic country ("Sound Of Us"), a pinch of ragtime ( "Charlie"), or atmospheric vintage pop, as the deeply sad ballad "True North" or the wonderfully dramatic "Shelter", on this fantastic album. The music of this self-produced effort is lyrics: honest, unadorned and direct, recorded in a real studio, as analogue as you want it to be, with her longtime band. The title track already reflects the experiences and observations of a woman who knows what she wants with lines like "You know that I'm Norwegian, I like my men on ice" - with music that you want to hear and over again.

 

"An album is the result of a maturity," Rebekka Bakken says. "Looking at life from more angles, with more depth." The older you get the less serious you take yourself That's it! I invent people. I make up people. I just love me and I love to imagine more ways to live life. "Rebekka Bakken lets us share in all of this as exciting and as never before on this truly magnificent album.

 

German:

Love it, change it or leave it - the three options with which gurus and calendars poets the way out of any misery point. Rebekka Bakken decides on her new album "Things You Leave Behind" for all three possibilities: she loves life so much that she experiences it in constant change and lets it go, what wants to go. The passage of time and things - elemental for their songs. "The last few years have brought tremendous changes in my life, a lot of frightening chaos," she says. "My tour agent died, I now have a new booking and also a new label. I moved back to Norway, have a new husband, and last but not least a child! It was a time of change. For me, this shows in this album, in which impressions, Situations and expectations are broken down. In chaos you can not rely on anything anymore. And then the best things happen, for me anyway. The fewer ideas I have, how things should be, the more comes to the surface. "

 

"Things You Leave Behind" presents Rebekka Bakken as extraordinarily mature singer and songwriter. The album title marks a new beginning and a retrospective and stands for music that experiences its future in the here and now. It is her personal liberation and a general reckoning with critics and other objectors. "The world has changed - and I was not ready for it," says Rebekka Bakken. A few years ago, the Norwegian, who had found her own musical voice in New York at the end of the nineties, moved back to Manhattan. "Somehow I wanted to get back in touch with this city, a confirmation, to meet people who are like me. Instead, I found myself amidst green-tea and organic-juices-drinking guys in Birkenstock sandals who just did not want to make a noise.

 

Out of this mood, this irritation, emerged the new pieces. Apart from two titles, including a melancholy, beautiful cover of Cindy Lauper's "Time After Time", the cosmopolitan Norwegian sings only her own songs - stylistically very different and yet stringent through her voice and firmly rooted orchestration. So you can find on this album expressive spoken words à la Tom Waits ("Dance For You"), emotional gospel ("Gospel"), rocking blues ("Black Shades"), melancholy country ("Sound Of Us"), a pinch Ragtime ("Charlie") or atmospheric vintage pop such as in the deeply sad ballad "True North" or the wonderfully dramatic "Shelter". The music of this self-produced album is like her lyrics: honest, unadorned direct, analogue recorded with her longtime band.

 

"An album is the result of a maturing process," says Rebekka Bakken. "One looks at life from different perspectives, dares to look at it. The older you get, the less important you take yourself. I like to take little things that I observe as seeds from which I create stories and people. I am myself and I enjoy introducing myself to many other ways of life and ways of life. "It's a real pleasure that Rebekka Bakken lets us experience this exciting album as excitingly and directly as never before.

Tourdates 2019:

21.3. Bremen, slaughterhouse

22.3. Berlin, home port Neukölln

23.3. Hamburg, Mojo

24.3. Hannover, Theater am Aegi

25.3. Cologne, Gloria

27.3. Zurich (CH), merchants

28.3. Freiburg, Jazzhaus

29.3. Saarlouis, Theater am Ring

30.3. Mainz, Electoral Palace

31.3. Stuttgart, theater house

2.4. Munich, Muffathalle

3.4. Graz (A), Orpheum

4.4. Salzburg (A), Republic

5.4. Vienna (A), Museumsquartier

7.4. Linz (A), Posthof

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