Rebekka Bakken – Winter Nights (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 45:25 minutes | 504 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Okeh
Rebekka Bakken’s album Winter Nights will be released October 30th on OKeh/Sony Music and features her interpretations of Christmas songs and favorite holiday cover versions in her hauntingly tender and relaxed style.
On Winter Nights Rebekka Bakken interprets Christmas carols and songs for the wintry season with her powerful and expressive voice which easily encompasses three octaves. Among other songs, she sings Calling All Angels, In The Bleak Midwinter and Silent Night, and also adds a different, a gentle and romantic glow, to Last Christmas by Wham!. Because Rebekka Bakken is not only a singer but a composer, too, she wrote seven of her own songs for Winter Nights, perfectly rounding out the contemplative winter album.
“I’ve always dreamed of doing a winter album because I adore the winter and composing songs for the holiday season. A never-ending stream of these songs seems to pour out when I delve into this part of my music-making. I’ve been singing Kyrie Eleison for months and I heard my neighbour whistling the melody when I was out in my garden.”
The songs the artist has chosen, both by others and from her own pen, reveal the singer’s passionate yet also unconventional relationship with the holiday season. “This time of year can have so many aspects, it can be both heaven and hell at the same time. I like the Christmas message, the message of newborn awareness. The things I associate with Christmas are full of joy and beauty. But sometimes you also have to make your way through the holiday season in difficult circumstances. Christmas gives more intensity to your life then, too.”
An intensity which Rebekka Bakken consummately turns into personally felt music on Winter Nights. For her arrangements stand apart, do not rely on what has come before, are never excessive. Instead, with almost minimalist instrumentation for piano, guitar, bass and drums, she expresses a perfect sense of ease. This is an organic album produced by pure musicians in a very relaxed mood.
1. Rebekka Bakken – Wonder in Your Eyes
2. Rebekka Bakken – Kyrie Eleison
3. Rebekka Bakken – This Year Is Different
4. Rebekka Bakken – Last Christmas
5. Rebekka Bakken – Calling All Angels
6. Rebekka Bakken – May the Night Be Gentle
7. Rebekka Bakken – Fairytale of New York
8. Rebekka Bakken – Mary’s Child
9. Rebekka Bakken – Angels Never Sleep
10. Rebekka Bakken – December Nights
11. Rebekka Bakken – In the Bleak Midwinter
12. Rebekka Bakken – Silent Night