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Sidsel Endresen & Stian Westerhus – Bonita

posted by Dave on 10.11.14 18:13 in Music Reviews Print  

While my expectations of this album were high, I knew in advance that I would like it. However, I wasn't prepared for just how much I would. It contains some of the most striking music I've heard this year: strikingly frightening, strikingly original, strikingly beautiful. As of today, I am Bonita-struck.

OK, disclaimer time again. I've known Sidsel for about 9 years, and have had a bit of an email exchange with Stian from time to time. To be honest, the bulk of communications have been regarding the boring stuff all the people in the world who think musicians should give their music away for free never realise exists – yeah: BORING. Working in music is fun, yes, but that's when the concerts are happening, and the records are spinning. The rest of the time can be anything from tedious to gruelling. We can't all be capable of turning down $800 million for a reunion tour, or make our albums go platinum by refusing to put it on Spotify. Anyway … I digress …


Every record that comes bearing Sidsel's name is precious. There simply aren't enough of them. For quite a while, I've been chasing after a definitive document ...


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