Friday, 19 January 2018


Rosemary & Garlic are Dutch duo are vocalist Anne van den Hoogan and Dolf Smolenaers on keyboards.  Their sound is like a Folk style Dream Pop and have just released their self-titled album after a couple of groundbreaking singles and their brilliant debut E.P. entitled "The Kingfisher" released in 2015.

The band became the best selling Folk act on Bandcamp during the E.P.'s release after the pair initially met at a singer songwriter competition and created Rosemary & Garlic with Dolf concentrating on the musical side while Anne's voice was at the forefront.  The song "Old Now" has been streamed on Spotify over 7 million times and the "I'm Here" made it into the list of The Most Beautiful Songs In The World" on the platform.

After hearing the songs "The Kingfisher" and "I'm Here" I hear hints of Bjork, Tori Amos, Kate Bush and Enya as well as Andrea Corr when The Corrs play pure Irish folk.   Its the gentle soothing vocals that give a mysterious and haunting feel at times.  In headphones the songs sound superb, they just pull you in to immerse in the nature-like sounds.  The album take you on a ride through the four seasons.  A" natural earth background opus" for want of a better phrase.

I am a big fan of Tori Amos and I really love the sounds of the keyboards and electronics, not too over produced but just enough to sink into the vocals' lyrics and varying emotions.  Rosemary & Garlic gave ne that kind of feeling which can only be a good thing.  There is sometimes too much over production nowadays in music and vocals and lyrics take second place to booming sounds.  The album is pure and quite fabulous, my favourite tracks being the slightly upbeat "Fireflies" and the sweet "Dreamer".

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