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Sylvaine “Eg Er Framand” album review by Antoine Karam

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In the realm of ethereal soundscapes and haunting melodies, Sylvaine‘s “Eg Er Framand” emerges as a beacon of artistic purity and simplicity. This EP, released under the esteemed label Season of Mist, marks a pivotal moment in the career of Norwegian singer and instrumentalist Kathrine Shepard, known professionally as Sylvaine. It stands as a testament to the power of minimalism in music, proving that a profound emotional impact can be achieved with the most basic of elements: voice, instrument, and soul.

The six-track collection invites listeners into a world where traditional Norwegian folk melodies meld seamlessly with original compositions, creating a tapestry of sound that is both intimate and expansive. Recorded in the historic Kampen Church in Oslo, the setting contributes significantly to the EP’s atmospheric quality, with each note and vocal inflection resonating within the sacred space, adding depth and texture to the music.

Sylvaine‘s choice to perform in her native language adds layers of mystery and authenticity to the album, allowing the emotions conveyed through her voice to transcend linguistic barriers. The opening track, “Dagsens Auga Sloknar Ut,” serves as a gateway to this ethereal journey, enveloping the listener in a dreamlike state with its hypnotic melodies and Sylvaine‘s luminous vocals. The subsequent tracks, including the delicate “Arvestykker” and the ominous “Eg Veit I Himmelrik Ei Borg,” showcase her ability to navigate the spectrum of human emotion, from tranquility to turmoil, with unparalleled grace.

What sets “Eg Er Framand” apart is its inherent simplicity, a choice that elevates the EP beyond the realm of traditional metal or folk music into something uniquely compelling. Sylvaine demonstrates that one need not rely on an arsenal of instruments or complex arrangements to touch the heart; instead, she relies on the raw power of her voice and a select few instruments to craft a musical experience that is both deeply personal and universally resonant.

The EP culminates with the title track, “Eg Er Framand,” a poignant reflection on the concept of belonging and estrangement, delivered through a singular vocal line that pierces the soul. It is in this final moment that Sylvaine‘s artistry is fully realized, leaving the listener with a sense of longing and a desire to delve deeper into the mysteries of her music.

Eg Er Framand” is a rare gem in the landscape of contemporary music, a work that defies categorization and transcends the boundaries of genre to speak directly to the human experience. With this release, Sylvaine not only confirms her place in the music scene but also challenges us to reconsider our perceptions of what music can be. It’s an invitation to embark on a journey of discovery, to explore the depths of our own roots, and to find solace in the simplicity of sound.

In an era marked by overproduction and musical excess, Sylvaine‘s minimalist approach is both refreshing and revolutionary. “Eg Er Framand” is a reminder that in the realm of music, less can indeed be more. This EP is a masterpiece of subtlety and sophistication, deserving of a place in the hearts of all who seek authenticity and beauty in music. I rate it a resounding 9 out of 10, for its ability to connect on a profound level without the need for extravagance.

Antoine’s rating: 9 / 10


Sylvaine album

1. Dagsens Auga Sloknar Ut               (4:36)
2. Arvestykker                                      (4:36)
3. Eg Veit I Himmelrik Ei Borg              (4:47)
4. Livets Dans                                      (6:09)
5. Tussmørke                                       (3:15)
6. Eg Er Framand                                (4:46)
Total                                                     28:12

Available Formats:
Digital Download
CD Digipak
12″ Vinyl Gatefold – Black
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Coke Bottle Green
Various Merchandise

Sylvaine – Vocals, Church Organ, Guitars, Synthesizers & Percussion

Recording Studio
Kampen Kirke

Sound Engineer

Mixing Engineer
Magnus Lindberg (Magnus Lindberg Productions/VRTKL Audio/Redmount Studio)Mastering Engineer
Karl Daniel Lidén

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