Magazine article New Internationalist

Alter

Magazine article New Internationalist

Alter

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By Nynke (Crammed Discs 209 CD)

The language is Frisian, the music is a fado warmed up with the Mediterranean washes of north Africa and southern Spain, and the delivery is a mixture of the conventional - flamenco guitars, dulcimers, piano - with some very contemporary electronic scrumbles. The overall effect of Alter (which in Frisian means 'altar', as in church) is arresting.

Alter is Nynke Laverman's third album (the previous two have created quite a stir in her native Netherlands, where she's known as the Frisian fadista), and it's a strongly structured collection of songs (and poems) set to an accompaniment understated enough to let her voice shine through. This is a sensible tactic, for Nynke's presence is clear and dramatic, and puts shade in all the right places. Despite her liking for fado, this is actually not fado. …

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