To cope with the start of the oncoming winter depression Jenny Berkel’s “Pale Moon Kid” is a more than good bet for successfully tackling sinking temperatures and rainy days. With a hauntingly beautiful and poetic set of sincere folk songs she reveals the perks of dwelling in day dreams while being all snuggled up at home.
A shadow, pale skin and a piercing glance: Jenny Berkel’s new album cover already carries off into starry nights solely illuminated by a white moon. Reducing her folk music to only bare necessities the Canadian musician carefully spins a fragile net of pure melancholy. Smoothly picking the strings on her guitar Berkel’s music which mainly consists of minor chords leaves the singer floating away to wider spheres. Her warm enchanting voice, in contrast, manages to create an immediate proximity which bridges the gaps between big ambitions and small dreams.
“It’s the third of November and winter / rattles doorways it is colder / than ever this day / Your voice is a home I move into / like a half dream, I hold onto.” (“Half Dream”) When Berkel coaxes out the first sounds of her guitar and starts singing on opener „Half Dream “, one’s first intention surely is getting all snuggled up while her music recalls the bleak Canadian winds on harsh winter days. The stately chords on “Pale Moon Kid” evoke a deeply rooted sense of longing, Berkels voice, on the other hand, inspires rather than to further encumber the poetic lyrics.
On her 2012 released debut “Here on a Wire” the singer-songwriter presented a collection of acoustic led folk tunes, “Pale Moon Kid”, however, is an album of contrasts: it juxtaposes tragedy and euphoria just as it confronts cold, electronic elements and the comforting soft tone of her voice. The best example for this is ballad “Blue Lit Air”: Led by electronic sounds Berkel tells a beautiful love story before revealing its decadence. Many gloomy thoughts pervade the lyrics, still, Jenny Berkel admits enough space for dreamy visions, sincere memories and well captured snapshots. An homage to the Canadian city “Winnipeg” she pays in the song of the same title while declaring her love for it, on the retro sounding “Wealth in the Country” she leads the way through wide landscapes before, again, the heart capturing “Green Coat” is shaped by raw sounds and sheer sadness.
“Pale Moon Kid” simultaneously carries dark shadows as well as white flickers of hope. Jenny Berkel’s second record is full of delicate folk tunes and poetic imagery recalling, both, strong and sensitive moments. An album that allows to dwell in melancholy and gives comfort at the same time.
Popup-records | Out: 14.10.2016