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ARTIST
TITLE
Smiling & Waving
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
VIR 06222 VIR 06222
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RELEASE DATE
4/23/2001

Third album by this Norwegian vocalist (the daughter of ECM saxophonist Jan Garbarek), in a post-Björk/Stina Nordenstam vein. Mark Hollis (Talk Talk) contributes arrangements and guitar, other guests include Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri (formerly of Japan) & one track is a duet with vocalist Robert Wyatt. "This time she was aiming for a more organic, less processed feel. 'I really liked the idea of putting the electronics and the wooden instruments together. The sound of the double bass I hear as like an acoustic thread running through the album.' -- Garbarek. The album was co-produced by Anja and Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree. The songs and the main voice are, as usual, all hers. What does it sound like? There isn't an easy answer, though 'nothing you've ever heard before in your life' comes close. Try imagining cabaret jazz projected into a future soundscape where jazz as we know it is only a distant memory but its airy quality lingers. Or conjure a musical triangle bounded by Stina Nordenstam, the Italian film composer Nino Rota and the last chapter of Talk Talk. There is a strain of sadness here, unmistakably and beautifully represented with the single 'Stay Tuned', but as the upbeat song 'Big Mouth' indicates, Anja Garbarek is also a playful soul more than a tortured one. And the album is called Smiling And Waving remember."