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[FbL013] Bernadette Erikka - Lie With Care
[These are simply off the cuff remarks about the album as I listen. I am not a reviewer, simply a fan and fellow musician.]
Lie With Care: Oh my! Now this is piano! Interesting. At times it seems to be one live recording - and then at times I think it's two recordings overtop of each other - although I could see being able to play this live. Beautiful. There are two sorts of layers to this track playing against one another - one is seeming relaxing in the lower registers... and then the melody in the upper register is more animated and lends itself to a bit more of racing thoughts... which in my mind seems to work nicely juxtaposing the idea of trying to relax with racing thoughts. Serious talent here.
Night-Time Journey: Continuing with piano - quite a nice delay on the piano here. Wow, Bernadette can play. This develops so nicely - I have to really recommend this album if you even remotely enjoy piano music!
I'm not sure if I can add much more to this mini review... once again the playing is excellent, with feeling and care. Beautifully played, beautifully composed. There are three more tracks - and all are truly worth your time to hear!
Bernadette's playing is exquisite. This album needs to be heard if you enjoy piano, ambient, or modern classical. Granted, piano is my first musical love so maybe I'm a touch biased... but regardless of that:
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[FbL013] Bernadette Erikka - Lie With Care
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When my good friend Leonardo Rosado asked me to write some introduction notes to the new Bernadette Erikka’s EP “Lie with care”, I accepted with pure enthusiasm.
And this for several reasons, beside my friendship with Leonardo: FbL netlabel is continuously improving the quality of its releases and the services they provide to artists is much more than a link from which you can download the albums and of course, the curiosity to listen to Bernadette’s work, a pianist (my field!) as well.
Reading the bio in her website, you may discover that Bernadette interests in arts are not only limited to music: she keeps following different paths, including painting, graphics and writing. So my curiosity grew once I read about this “total” artist, who was about to release “Lie with care” EP on one of my favourite netlabel.
“Lie with care” is far away from being a mere “short EP” as the artist humbly says – the total length of the 5 tracks (more than 30 minutes), entitles it to be considered a full album, with its own, clear and strong personality. This is the first adjective I had while listening to the first track of the EP: personality.
Bernadette’s style, far away from being labeled as “common” or “mainstream”, consists, at a first glimpse, in a restless stream of piano notes, that keep falling like water drops in the ocean, during a heavy rainy day.
Digging into her musical world is not something you may do at the first listen: the musician, I think, wants you to give time to appreciate her music, listening to it again and again in order to discover the underlying beauty of her musical lines.
This is the advice I want to give you: take time to listen to this “Lie with care” EP, possibly without any other distractions, and you’ll find yourself surprised in slowly discovering and recognizing this artist inner musical ideas, that flow through the whole album as rich, fresh and vivid rivers… Just like it happened to me!
Bernadette Erikka is a digital musician & performer who creates original music, soundscapes/sound environments. Following her family's rich artistic traditions she has been active in several artistic fields including painting & graphics, writings and singing/composing. She has extensive educational background in art history, graphics, new media, sound art, piano, flute and singing. She is active as a musician.since 2010. Her recent works include video soundtracks, theme songs, game music and dark ambient chillout music. She does voice-overs and other performances too. Bernadette Erikka works solo and in collaborations too.
For the record: Bernadette was born in 1983, studied at the Moholy N.L. Art Studio and Haifa University, among others, competed in chess won a newspaper title competition and she is also an avid ping-pong player.
mastered by madSavVy Productions
photo by Jessica Aliaga Lavrijsen
cover design by Leonardo Rosado
(cc) by nc nd April 2011