Beautifully soft, electrically emotive, Siv Jakobsen has released this stunning 7 track LP that pushes the boundaries of acoustic and tears through the norms of dynamics. ‘The Lingering’ is the first album proper from the Norwegian folk singer Jakobsen and features ‘Dark’ and ‘How We Used to Live’, which were both released earlier in 2015. The album is somewhat romantic, with breathy vocals and warm accompaniment. From the first song to the last, her haunting vocals, captured by the eerie guitar and trembling piano riffs echo gracefully throughout.
Jakobsen has a stunning use of dynamics. She teases with whispering vocals over stimulating silences, to build a sensational array of spine tingling harmonies accompanied by emotive violin and slow simple bass. In particularly ‘How We Used to Love’ is great example of this technique, from the opening with a beautiful piano riff and violins it seems Jakobsen has not only mastered the art of her music, but also the art of provoking emotion. The whole album flows flawlessly – each song a specific story expressing it’s own tale, while also offering moments of reflection.
Throughout the 7 tracks – one being a cover – Jakobsen seems to have perfected her genre; acoustic, folk. The song writing is truly in tune to the arduous task of triggering emotion. And if this dip into melancholy wasn’t enough, there is also an impressive cover of Britney Spears ‘Toxic’ – completely reinventing the otherwise pop upbeat original to something slow, almost eerie.
The overall feel for ‘The Lingering’ is a sense of intrigue initially but with every listen another story un-folds, or you catch something missed previously. Its simplicity should not be underestimated on the first listen as this release offers oodles of power and emotion that are at times extremely addictive.
‘The Lingering’ is out now on ‘The Nordic Mellow’