I became aware of Louisa John-krol when I stocked an album by Oophoi (Gianluigi Gasparetti who sadly died some years ago) & Louisa John Krol "I Hear The Water Dreaming" on the French label Prikosnovénie. For me her voice and style is akin to Kate Bush but I'll let you make your own opinion on that. Throw in a bit of Loreena McKennitt and there you have it. Elderbrook, a double CD album, will form part of the Elderbrook Chronicles, a story over 4 books of which Elderbrook forms the musical side.
Genre: Fantasy, Faery.
Original release date 2017.
Torlan is Welsh for ‘from the riverbank’. Celebrating water magic - nymphs, nixies, nereids, mermaids, island witches - we’ve gathered songs of seas, lakes and rivers from many of our albums. Between each song is a recording of water. Listen for waterbirds, discover wetlands, dream of voyages beyond the estuary, rest by a stream, trace a forest lane in the rain …
The opening track, ‘Birrarung’, is Wurundjeri for ‘river of mists and shadows’, and describes the Yarra Yarra River.
Cover art is an oil painting, ‘Water Bird’, by Louisa’s mother, Belinda John, an award-winning artist in Australia. Symbolising innocence and hope, the heron unites habitat with heritage.
The photographic lyric booklet, in an eco-friendly pocket within panels of recycled material, is laced with quotations of poetry from various cultures and centuries.
Genre: ethereal, classical-ambient-folk, aquatic dream pop, faerie, poetic, elemental.