Monday, December 28, 2009
This Way, Sweetheart! - Released
The first buyers already got Andrea Gerak's second acapella solo CD, with mostly Hungarian folk songs and an Irish, a Turkish and a Solomon Islands traditional tune, and the album is now available for download as well.
It's been more than eleven years now that Andrea recorded her first album, Madárka, madárka (Little Birdie), and the haunting Hungarian folk songs are still flying around the world, giving joy to listeners and being downloaded on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Last FM and other music sites, the CDs travel continents.
With a few thousand singing hours, more versatile vocal technique and performing skills, extended repertoire and intense life experiences under Andrea's belt since then, the time was well ripe for a new release.
For many listeners loved the idea of having a voice only album, here is another one: the new album This Way, Sweetheart! features some of Andrea's most successful acapella songs, those that have become standard pieces of her performances through the years, as well as new favorites.
The songs tell us about various stages and emotional aspects of love, the meaning of one's homeland, and we also find soothing lullabies on the album.
"All these are traditional folk songs, old melodies, yet several of them reflect the exact situations in my life right now...", says the singer. "Since a long time I wanted to make another CD with my voice only, because I believe that the human voice is the most perfect music instrument: you don't need to carry big cases, spend a fortune on an excellent quality piece, it will not get lost or robbed from you, and what is most important: you don't need to use any physical object as a via, to communicate feelings and stories with your songs. In an ideal case for a live concert at a place with brilliant acoustics, you don't even need a microphone - what you scream and shout, lull and whisper, hum and chant, will be carried to the listeners only by air. And this is probably what I like most when I perform: to convey a piece of my soul to others, with as less things in between us as possible. Therefore I would like to give the feeling that on this album, I am there in your room when you want to chill out, or walking in the forest with you, sitting on a rock by the sea, laying in the grass and watching the clouds, standing on a mountain top, and I would just sing for you...
All I wanted with this CD was to try and see how can one communicate through these old songs, in their purest simplicity. No fancy effects, no lines recorded twenty times - just as you were here with me and I would sing for you, all the things I have to say.
Feelings of love, happiness, joy, sorrow and longing were the same in 1809 as they are today, in 2009..."
17 tracks, total time 45:24
Recorded in November 2009, Eskilstuna (Sweden), at fortissimo CD production
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Download album from BandCamp in any format you wish and you set your price, from as low as $5!
Bonus material when you download the whole album: concert video of 2 songs