Youn Sun Nah – Lento (2013/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 45:54 minutes | 998 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Often compared to Diana Krall and Norah Jones, award-winning Korean singer Youn Sun Nah displays her unique qualities on Lento as she blends different cultural and musical sources in a respectful yet unconventional manner. Besides jazz and related styles, she draws on chanson, pop and folk music. In addition to original compositions by her and her band members, there is a cover of a Nine Inch Nails song (Hurt) and Ghost Riders in the Sky, a classic country song made famous by Johnny Cash. And, for the first time, Nah explores European classical music: Alexander Scriabin’s 5 Preludes, Op. 16 was a source of inspiration for the album’s title and it also sets up an intimate, atmospheric and harmonious musical world.
With her universal yet individual style Youn Sun Nah gives traditional vocal jazz a new flavour, while unconventionally and effortlessly exploring new exciting spaces. She is one of the most outstanding representatives of vocal jazz that includes the whole spectrum of contemporary music. Her new album “Lento” gives an explanation by combining Youn Sun Nah’s unique qualities. One of them is the blending of different cultural and musical sources, in a respectful yet unconventional manner. Besides jazz and related styles, she draws on chanson, pop and folk music, and in addition to compositions by herself and her band members, there is the extremely light version of the Korean folk song “Arirang” as well as “Hurt” by the alternative rock band Nine Inch Nails, and Stan Jones’ “Ghost Riders In The Sky”, a classic country song made famous by Johnny Cash. For the first time Nah also calls upon European classical music: Alexander Skrjabin’s Prelude op. 16 Nr. 4 in E minor with its tempo indication ”Lento” was a source of inspiration for the album’s title, and it also sets up an intimate, atmospheric and harmonious musical world. Youn Sun Nah unfolds her expressive power especially in the peaceful and slow-paced moments – on the fragile chanson “Full Circle”, with heartbreaking grievance on “Lament” or artistic unison singing on “Momento Magico”.
01 – Lento
02 – Lament
03 – Hurt
04 – Empty Dream
05 – Momento Magico
06 – Soundless Bye
07 – Full Circle
08 – Ghost Riders In The Sky
09 – Waiting
10 – Arirang
11 – New Dawn
Produced by Youn Sun Nah & Axel Matignon.
Recorded on October 31 – November 2, 2012 at Nilento Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden
Mixed on December 4-7, 2012 & Mastered on December 19, 2012 by Lars Nilsson.
Youn Sun Nah – vocals
Ulf Wakenius – guitars
Lars Danielsson – bass & cello
Vincent Peirani – accordion & accordina
Xavier Desandre-Navarre – percussion