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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Majke Voss Romme, the Danish singer/songwriter operating the gears behind the curtain of Copenhagen's Broken Twin, has a voice that perfectly (and sonorously) evokes the Old English word uhtceare, which means to "lie awake before dawn worrying." It's both a balm and a tinderbox, delivering bad news soulfully and slivers of hope with great caution, and when paired with equally austere instrumentation, which consists largely of piano, electric guitar, and the occasional courtly/processional thrum of a single drum, it carries with it the weight of the world. Broken Twin's Anti debut, the warm, weary, and largely funereal May, will be of no use to listeners with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Majke Voss Romme, the Danish singer/songwriter operating the gears behind the curtain of Copenhagen's Broken Twin, has a voice that perfectly (and sonorously) evokes the Old English word uhtceare, which means to "lie awake before dawn worrying." It's both a balm and a tinderbox, delivering bad news soulfully and slivers of hope with great caution, and when paired with equally austere instrumentation, which consists largely of piano, electric guitar, and the occasional courtly/processional thrum of a single drum, it carries with it the weight of the world. Broken Twin's Anti debut, the warm, weary, and largely funereal May, will be of no use to listeners with whom artists like Antony & the Johnsons, Daughter, Susanna & the Magical Orchestra, and Tindersticks do not resonate. Romme's tales of woe manage to transcend the usual trappings of traditional singer/songwriter confessionalism by adopting a universal miasma, leaning more toward the dark English folk side of the chamber pop spectrum, invoking names like the Unthanks, June Tabor, Linda Thompson, and fellow frosty, mood-casting Dane Agnes Obel. Opener "The Aching" sets the tone and locks it in, offering up a four-minute lament/tribute to that ephemeral, hard to reach spot "Somewhere in between what you wanted and you didn't want" that resides within us all. It's a notion that she explores throughout the album's ten specter-like tracks, with highlights arriving via the folksy "Glimpse of a Time," the lovely and lovelorn "Sun Has Gone," and the quietly triumphant closer "No Darkness," the latter of which carries in its shaky hands, like a rehabilitated songbird, the faintest glimmer of hope.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2014
  • Label: Anti
  • UPC: 045778732227
  • Catalog Number: 87322
  • Sales rank: 30,536

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Aching (3:57)
  2. 2 Glimpse of a Time (3:34)
  3. 3 Roam (4:31)
  4. 4 Sun Has Gone (3:28)
  5. 5 River Raining (3:24)
  6. 6 Soon After This (4:30)
  7. 7 Out of Air (4:08)
  8. 8 In Dreams (5:12)
  9. 9 If Pilots Go To Heaven (3:59)
  10. 10 No Darkness (5:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Broken Twin Primary Artist
Dan McKinna Bass
Nils Grøndahl Strings, Violin
Morten Svenstrup Cello, Vibes
Davide Rossi Strings
Jeppe Skovbakke Bass
Gunnar Halle Horn
Rolf Hansen Guitar
Rasmus Valldorf Drums
Majke Voss Romme Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Emilie Marie Kjær Piano
Technical Credits
Ian Caple Engineer
Nils Grøndahl String Arrangements
Davide Rossi String Arrangements
Nikolaj Vinten Mastering
Brian Batz Engineer
Majke Voss Romme Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Artwork
Jesper Majdall Executive Producer
Emilie Marie Kjær Artwork
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