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Lotta St Joan's „Song for the Undecided“ – 
ein Trost für alle Unentschlossenen

Berlin, März 2024 – Lotta St Joan, die Folk-Künstlerin aus Berlin, erkundet auf ihrem neuen Album "Song for the Undecided" einfühlsam und stimmgewaltig die Sehnsucht nach Verbundenheit und den Wunsch nach Entschlossenheit. Mit ihrem neuen Album wird Lotta St Joan zur Stimme einer Generation, die sich nicht entscheiden kann – oder will?

Musikalisch gelingt ihr mit "Song for the Undecided" eine beeindruckende Fusion von klassischem Folk und nostalgischem Pop. Joan Baez meets Angel Olsen - und doch auf ihre ganz eigene Weise.

Lotta St Joan hat bereits 2021 mit ihrem selbstproduzierten Debütalbum "HANDS" in der Berliner Folkszene sowie im Radio-Feuilleton auf sich aufmerksam gemacht.

"Eine wahnsinnig schöne Stimme" (DLF Kultur) 

"Lotta St Joan ist ganz nah dran an der großen Joan Baez" (Radio Eins)

"Lotta St Joan bietet Trost, Verständnis und ein klingendes Echo auf die Tiefen der eigenen Gefühle" (indierepublik)

Album: Song for the Undecided: 22. März 2024

Must Be Mad / Kick The Flame Verlag

Mit „Song for the Undecided“ setzt Lotta St Joan neue musikalische Akzente: Neben ihrem unverwechselbaren Gesang und lebendigen Gitarrenspiel integriert die Künstlerin auch orchestrale Elemente, Klavier, Schlagzeug, E-Gitarre und Bass.

 

"Song for the Undecided" ist das zweite Album der Berliner Folk-Sängerin und es wird am 22. März 2024 in digitaler und analoger Form erscheinen.

Es erzählt die bewegende Geschichte einer jungen Frau, die zwischen der Angst vor Nähe und der Sehnsucht danach hin- und hergerissen ist.

Gemeinsam mit Produzent Cameron James Laing, dem Gründer von Berlins musikalischer Fundgrube "The Famous Gold Watch Studios", entstand ein Album, das Folk, Pop und Avantgarde auf ein neues Level hebt.

 

Live wird Lotta St Joan 2024 auch zu hören sein: Das Album-Release-Konzert am 23. März in der Pfarrkirche Weißensee markiert den Start ihrer Europa-Tournee mit der neu formierten Band, die aus dem ehemaligen Damien Rice- und Lisa Hannigan-Schlagzeuger Tom Osander, dem Studiobassisten Felix Buchner, dem virtuosen Pianisten Fabrizio Tentoni und dem israelischen Gitarristen Adar Alfandari besteht. Eine EP, in Zusammenarbeit mit Claudio Donzelli von Mighty Oaks, ist für den Herbst geplant.

Backstory told by Must Be Mad Records
 

Berlin, Germany, has become the unexpected epicentre of singer-songwriter talent in Europe over the last couple of years, with the comparatively artist-friendly cost of living and the revival of Berlin’s pre-war and post-Wall art scenes drawing a wealth of international talent to this thriving well of musical activity. 

 

However, it is Germany’s very own Lotta St Joan that has established herself as the name on the tip of the tongue of the Berlin folk and singer-songwriter scene, earning herself extensive features on Germany’s major radio stations, signing with Kick The Flame Publishing and collaborating with new London & Berlin oriented label ‘Must Be Mad Records.’

 

Whilst female artists continue to dominate the folk revival, from Angel Olsen and Laura Marling to Sharon van Etten and Hayley Heynderickx, Lotta St Joan has crafted her own extraordinarily visceral universe. Her own brand of modern folk songs have a profoundly nostalgic sonic quality that encapsulates the earthy acoustic guitar tones of her early 60s forebears, set alongside string score that would feel at home in classic French cinema. Her effortlessly floating vocal and signature slow-motion vibrato peeks into the dreamlike timbre of Jeff Buckley in it’s soaring peaks and slips into an almost spoken word story telling in acute moments.

The album journeys through the mind of a person who struggles with indecision and regrets, glorification of past relationships and how they affect the ability to commit to a new future. It explores both the suffering of the self and those close to her,  as well as the hope that springs from knowing the indecision that plagues her also leaves an infinity of possibilities for the future due to the nature of never fully committing to the key decisions life imposes upon her.

 

The warmth of the record is apparent from the opening track to the last - a long sought after tonal quality that places the songs in a magical melancholy as if performed under the blankets in an isolated woodland cabin in an almost childlike nostalgia. The opening track ‘Closer’ begins at a distance, a short prelude of contemplation before the expertly double tracked acoustic guitars rise to the surface and invite you into the glow of the album that ensues.

 

The desire for someone to relieve the protagonist from the pressures of needing to take ownership of her life, whether it be God, a parental guide, or a partner, is the underlying theme of the record, and as the white noise of each new song fades in we are given a new perspective that either tries to lead you out of the forest of confusion or deeper into it.

 

The story’s arc is complemented by a musical orchestration that ranges from bare-bones guitar and vocal live recordings to fully orchestrated strings, brass and a backing band of drums, guitars, piano and upright bass. Co-writing her scores with Hans Gnendinger and Producer Cameron James Laing and with musical arrangements that bring a homely familiarity to ground the grandiose orchestration, Lotta St Joan has managed to pull off a remarkable achievement in creating a record that brings a sweet sentimental 

 

Lotta St Joan’s first foray into her immersively folky world came in the form of a self-recorded debut album ‘Hands’ in 2021, but for this second album and the eleven exquisite songs it contains, she turned to the eminent Producer and former Universal Music artist Cameron James Laing, founder of Berlin’s musical treasure trove ‘The Famous Gold Watch Studios’(part recording studio and part elaborate labyrinth of speakeasys and film locations); a place once described as “the Brill Building for Berlin” and the creative home of countless Berlin artists.

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