|| Maria Solheim
Kirkelig Kulturverksted's MD, Erik Hillestad, heard one of Maria
Solheim's songs, he gave her the following challenge - and opportunity:
Take two days in studio with three musicians. No promises. Listening
to the result afterwards, he was in no doubt. He wanted Maria to
record a whole album.
"This is amazing! Maria writes such mature lyrics, and her
distinctive songs are quite extraordinary for an 18-year-old",
says Erik Hillestad. "Maria is a rare talent". Maria
Solheim exhibits an instant melodic sense and great dynamic width
in her music. The music is based on acoustic pop-rock in the singer-songwriter
tradition. She writes all lyrics and music herself. "Normally
the lyrics set the mood for the music", says Maria. "The
songs reveal themselves as little secrets as I work. They're pictures,
painted in words and tunes."
Bengt Egil Hanssen (Kari Bremnes' regular pianist) is producer
on Maria Solheim's debut recording. When he heard Maria Solheim
for the first time in 1997, he sensed a great musical talent. Barefoot
is coloured by Bengt's musical experience, and some very skillful
We don't often get young debutantes of Maria Solheim's calibre
in this country. She certainly has talent enough for a lifelong
career as artist and song writer, and she speaks her heart. Exhibitionism
or success is not what drives her, but rather an inner pressure
that is released through her texts and tunes. And despite her young
age, she moulds and performs her material with a mature sense of
expression and quality.
On "Behind closed doors", Maria Solheim is backed by
musicians belonging to her own generation. They're not primarily
experienced session musicians this time, but young and fresh hands
who serve up tunes and grooves with no mercy. The result is music
full of thrust and enthusiasm. You sense that Maria's songs and
the physical expression of the new band belong together. The songs
are in a sense performed without being "arranged". Both
the sound and the musical style are quite different from "Barefoot" from
2001, with a result that is simpler and rougher.
Producer is again Bengt Egil Hanssen. Guitar and steel guitar:
Kjetil Steensnæs; El-piano, Wurlitzer and backing vocals:
David Wallumrød; Drums and percussion: Torstein Lofthus;
Bass: Tor Egil Kreken. Bengt Egil Hanssen also contributes on keyboards.
Mixing by Ulf W. Ø. Holand in Lydlab.