Search

Album review: Rebekka Karijord - We Become Ourselves

07:00 03 November 2012

Rebekka Karijord - We Become Ourselves

Rebekka Karijord - We Become Ourselves

Archant

The Norwegian-born singer-songwriter keeps her heart on her sleeve for an uncompromising, illuminating return.

Returning to the studio three years after first releasing The Noble Art Of Letting Go, which went on to become a burgeoning success across Europe, Scandinavian songbird Karijord has kept to her principles of raw aesthetics and compelling arrangements.

Strapping little more to her strong but delicate voice than piano, strings, and unintrusive percussion, she has created another beguiling set of songs wearing her heart on their collective sleeve.

Embracing her outsider chic, and confident with it, she produces songs packed with drama and carefully executed, strong-but-lean instrumentation.

The urgent, tribal drum tempo snapped out on thin percussion beneath starchy, shrill organ makes Use My Body While It’s Still Young an evocative, if uneasy, listen, for example.

Oh Brother’s wails and ceremonial, almost shamanic feel is invigorating rather than coruscating, but it’s reined in on Your Love, where woody, clipped strings and piano feather a more celebratory, elemental nest.

There’s echoing vocals and dripping dungeon atmospherics in We Become Ourselves, while the quiet drama of padding bass, piano and whip-like tambourine in Save Yourself casts an ominous pall, only enhanced by casting the rumbling men’s choir against a boys’ angelic notes.

There’s an undeniably monochromatic aspect to her work, but to breathe the humanity and warmth into it that she does is the clearest sign of Karijord’s talent.

3 stars

0 comments

Latest Entertainment Stories

Fri, 13:00
From left, Maddy Morgan and Rhiannon Faith. Photo: Roxanna Ross

Choreographer Rhiannon Faith is chatting happily on her mobile to me about her experimental performance piece.

Thu, 14:00
Stratford East Singers performed a second night on Saturday, January 30, after selling out on the 31st. Picture: Robert Day

Just one Uptown Funk into this concert and the audience is in foot-tapping thrall.

Wed, 14:00
A signed copy of Harry Potter is held by Portobello Rugby Club mascot three-year-old Jack Henderson, to promote a Harry Potter book auction.

Don your best robes for a night of sorcery as the magical world of Harry Potter is celebrated tomorrow (Thurs).

Friday, January 29, 2016
Staff and Volunteers (left to right) Polly Rodgers, Hayley Sherwood, Joshua Adams, Holly Gilson, Kirsty Parsons and Paul Beard with Eastside Community Heritage's Museum on Wheels, a mobile project to provide an immersive experience into their and Newham's past

The magical mystery tour is coming to take you away – not with a psychedelic bus but in the form of an unobtrusive wooden suitcase.

Most read entertainment

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Read more
Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe