Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Ethereal-voiced jazz experimental pop
Most recent release, Briefly Shaking (2005)
Kym Brown, PJ Harvey, Björk, Happy Rhodes (particularly Many Worlds Are Born Tonight and Equipoise), KaTe Bush (particularly The Dreaming), and Massive Attack; later work like Stina Nordenstam
Own, occasinally co-written
Anja Garbarek's music changes with each album; however it always remains experimental and her wonderful, clear vocals shine through it all. (Neile)
Recommended first album:
1996—RCA/BMG 74321 64061
Anja Garbarek—vocals, keyboards
Marius de Vries—keyboards, programming, vocals
Anja Garbarek & Marius de Vries
Anja Garbarek is the daughter of Jan Garbarek. Her music has nothing in common with her daddy's. Balloon Mood is a very disturbing album with weird soundscapes, mystic rhythms, and strange vocal effects. It's not possible to categorize the album. It can partly be compared with Kym Brown, PJ Harvey, Björk, Happy Rhodes (particularly Many Worlds Are Born Tonight and Equipoise), KaTe (The Dreaming), and Massive Attack. The music is pure electronic, programmed by Marius de Vries (producer) and Anja Garbarek. After the first listen I was kind of paralyzed and I'm sure that I can listen to it a hundred times without ever getting bored. (Dirk.Kastens@rz.Uni-Osnabrueck.DE)
2001—Virgin Records Norway—CDVIR130
Anja Garbarek—vocals on all, percussion (2,7)
The London Session Orchestra—strings (1,4,5,8,9)
Anja Garbarek & Steven Wilson, Mark Hollis (2 tracks)
This is a much quieter album than Balloon Mood, and not as immediately striking. It resembles Stina Nordenstam's music more than any of the artists her previous album is compared to here. On the surface the album seems mellow and a little chilly, but it's full of intriguing subtleties and haunting nuances. While I don't like this one as consistently as I do Balloon Mood, it has some brilliant moments, as in "Spin The Context" where the odd sounds, syncopated rhythms, Anja Garbarek's soft vocals all come together to create an amazing whole. If you like subtle, quiet, unusual music and aren't expecting another Balloon Mood, you could love this album. (Neile)
Gisli Kristjansson—programming, drums, guitars, bass, organ, Wurlitzer, synthesizers, keyboards, melodica, theramin, xylophone, percussion, handclaps, effects, noises
Anja Garbarek; co-produced by Gisli Kristjansson & John Mallison
Unfortunately, I just don't find this very compelling. It's me, not it—I seem to require more melody less noodling these days. Recommended for ears more patient than mine are now. (Neile)
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