Melody As Truth is proud to announce ‘There Up, Behind the Moon’, a collaborative album from Romanian musician Ana Stamp and Jonny Nash. For this collaboration, the pair spent over two years researching, arranging and recording Romanian folklore songs, aiming to give new context to these traditional, forgotten melodies.Throughout the album Ana’s vocals sit in delicate balance with Nash’s signature minimalist arrangements, accompanied with cimbalom, piano, double bass and guitar.
‘Bright Girl’, ‘For You I Am Missing’, ‘On a Mountain Realm’, ‘Sacred Conversations’, ‘Noble Tree’ are arrangements from traditional Romanian “star songs” and carols, usually sung in connection to various rituals that take place throughout the year. ‘Clouds Passing By’ is a cover of a traditional song, covered by Oșoianu Sisters.
In addition the album contains two classical piano compositions by Romanian composer Sigismund Toduță’, ’Upwards’ and ‘There Up, Behind The Moon’ to complete the atmosphere. Ana’s contemplative, thoughtfully paced re-interpretation and performance of these pieces reflects feelings of waiting and longing over time.
In describing her first album ‘There Up, Behind The Moon, Ana says “it represents an important element of my connection with Romanian folklore and the country landscape that encompasses many feelings, ranging from longing to joy or melancholy at times. Rituals and traditions are part of our roots that we take with us wherever we go.”
released December 17, 2021
Ana Stamp: Vocals and Piano (B1, B5)
Jonny Nash: Piano (A1, B2, B3, B4), Guitar (B1), Electronics (A2)
Dani Luca: Cimbalom (A1, A2, A4)
Gabriel Bărbălău: Double Bass (B3, B4)
Lorenzo Buffa: Double Bass (A1, A2, A4, B3, B4)
All tracks produced and recorded by Jonny Nash, arranged by Jonny Nash & Ana Stamp
Mixed By Jake Viator, Mastered by Stephan Mathieu
Cover Photography - Frederique Peckelsen
Design - Michael Willis
Special Thanks to:
Dani Luca, Gabriel Bărbălău, Lorenzo Buffa
Sanne Huijsmans, Amarte Funds, Sena Funds
Westerkerk Amsterdam, Willem Twee Studios-Netherlands
Sigismund Toduță Foundation, Cluj Napoca-Romania
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I am totally enamored by this hazy shoegazey pop-esque record by the perennially tasteful Suzanne Kraft.
Fits somewhere in the intersection of The Durutti Column and My Bloody Valentine.
An instant windows-down-and-glide classic. Charlie Moonbeam
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futuristic ambient moods...this music conjures up glimmers of good things in the otherwise dark and oppressive Blade Runner universe (without sounding at all derivative of anything else). really nice! Scott