A small municipality sits outside Oslo, on the Norwegian strait of Viken, that lies between Sweden and Denmark. It’s hub is a small village called Asker, and it is from this “intimate and cosy” location that true-voiced singer/songwriter, Siv Jackobsen hails. With a voice redolent of a Line Kasa/Julia Holter fusion, but an approach not dissimilar to that of Hanne Kolstø, Jackobsen’s songs are so startlingly honest, so emotionally stripped bare, that they send shivers up the spine.
Her songs, like those of Kolstø, tell intimate stories, tracts from musical diaries if you will, crafted with an intensity that crosses a myriad emotional spectra. Vocally, Jackobsen is capable of subtle acrobatics and pertinent nuances which artfully evoke the personal depth and density of her lyrics. Instrumentally, her unfiltered, acoustic compositions, rendered for strings and immaculately arranged, are performed with confident ease.
Siv’s current batch of stark yet exquisite songs, “were created in her old 6×7 “bed with a door room in Brooklyn, NY.” The tightness of the space within which they were created, resulted in an extremely intimate if slightly claustrophobic or suffocating feeling ; there is closeness, and then there is a back to the wall feeling leaving one totally exposed. As Jakobsen lays bare pages from her own storybook, so too does she throw down the gauntlet to our own emotional Pandora’s boxes. Lift the lid and …
“…ruthlessly emotive to the point it should come with a warning label.” – The Line of Best Fit
Currently on tour supporting American Damien Jurado, Siv Jakobsen plays Whelans Live in Dublin, Friday 15th April, tickets here. This is an intimate performance not to be missed … one so captivating it will be sure to quietly draw you into its emotive web, rendering you powerless to its magnetic charms.