Ida Wenøe

Med sit andet soloalbum ”The Things We Don´t Know Yet” har den danske folk noir kunstner Ida Wenøe skabt en samling sange, som fra et dybt personligt udgangspunkt udforsker kærlighedens væsen. Det er en modnet sangskriver, der har skrevet disse ni nye sange. ”This little town girl from Scandinavia”, som hun synger i ”Circus Season”, har oplevet lidt af hvert på landevejen i de fire år der er gået siden debutalbummet ”Time Of Ghosts” udkom og blev fulgt op med hundredevis af koncerter over hele Europa og i Nordamerika. De nye sange er båret af en lyrisk inspiration, der tåler sammenligning med legender som Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell og Nick Drake, og samtidig er melodierne enkle og stærke, og stemmen har en indre troværdighed, som man bliver ramt af med det samme. Produktionen er på en gang legesyg og tidløs. Ida indspillede grundsporene til sangene selv i en hytte i Sverige, på sit gamle kvistværelse i Berlin og i et lille kolonihavehus i udkanten af København. Derefter tog hun i efteråret 2018 kontakt til sin gode ven - produceren Esben Svane. Sammen har de skabt det helt særlige univers med vævende, overjordiske korstemmer, æteriske blokfløjter, 50´er inspirerede elektriske guitarer, underspillede trommer og små skæve lydeffekter, som giver pladen et helt særligt skær og trækker inspiration fra så forskellige steder som Neil Young, Sufjan Stevens og Twin Peaks.

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Ida var tidligere frontfigur i folk-trioen Boho Dancer som fik succes i Danmark efter de vandt DR Karrierekanonen i 2011, men Ida gik i 2014 solo og udgav i september 2015 debut albummet ”Time of Ghosts” i Norden. Albummet fik flot respons, særligt fra udlandet, og Wenøe har spillet koncerter og showcase festivaler i England, USA, Sverige, Schweitz, Polen og Tyskland i løbet af de seneste par år. Hun har haft base i Berlin fra 2015-17 for at søge ny inspiration og bygge sin karriere op i Tyskland, men er nu tilbage i København.

Time of Ghosts udkom i England i 2017 til rigtig flotte anmeldelser og blev fulgt op 2 live turneer i april og november 17. En meget succesfuld optræden på SPOT Festival samme år banede vejen for en udgivelse i Tyskland, Østrig og Schweiz i februar 2018.  Resten af foråret brugte Wenøe på massiv tour aktivitet i Wales, USA, Italien, Tyskland, Østrig, Danmark og Pakistan. Efteråret 2018 blev brugt på at indspille det nye album “The Things We Don´t Know Yet” i samarbejde med producer Esben Svane, og albummet udkom 12. april 2019 i et samarbejde mellem Songcrafter Music og engelske Integrity Records.

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Et par citater fra anmelderne om ida Wenøe:

“I’ve written too much, but ‘The Things We Don’t Know Yet’ has made such an impact, with 9 tracks that are so distinct in their own right, individually crafted and textured musically, all with the most thoughtful of words to accompany it. Ida Wenøe is able to create such intensity and command such presence through her quiet, delicate vocals and guitar – with the sparsest of instrumental support.” (Nordic Music Review – Album of the week, April 30th 2019)

“This is destined to be a regular ‘go-to’ album for those moments when I need music to soothe or transport.
Delightful album, pretty well flawless” (Music News, Andy Snipper, April 12th 2019)

“I could go on and on about each of the songs on the record, about what I feel, what I see when I listen to them, but I leave that to each of you – go through “The Things We Don’t Know Yet” on your own and take what you need from it. Ida Wenøe gives you plenty of space and time in sharing herself and her music on this album.”
(Good because Danish, Arletta, April 15th 2019)

“She describes the album as about reminding people to take time to think and to know love properly, to look inside and realise that what you have may be worth more than what you’re chasing, to find the patience to be in and enjoy the moment instead of always seeking for the next one. Take a breath, soak it in and be touched by its magic.”
(Folk Radio UK, Mike Davies, April 11th 2019)

Ida Wenøe’s songs blend a Nordic Noir heritage with hints of Americana and English folk. Inspired by a scene in the ‘Twin Peaks Roadhouse,’ the new single might appeal to fans of Julia JacklinDaughter and Odetta Hartman. Actually, in the week in which I wrote about Jenny Lewis I hear quite a lot in Ida’s voice that reminds me of Lewis’ debut album ‘Rabbit Fur Coat’. If you’re anything like me it will take a couple of hearings really to get into this but she will hook you in eventually.”
God is in the TV, David Bentley, April 1st. 2019)

“Wenøe’s voice soars with emotion at the turning point, as echoing vocals reverberate on the contrast between hate and love; “I hate to hate, I’d rather wait on love.” (Get In Her Ears, March 16th 2019)

“We are alongside Ida Wenøe in her musical journey as a solo artist from the very beginning and seeing her grow and re-discover herself in the process is one of the reasons running Good because Danish is so much fun. With her new single “Another Kind of Love” Ida shows us a melancholic and sort of sorrowed face, adding a hint of disturbance with a beautiful video clip by Zarko Ivetic.” (Good because Danish, Arletta, March 15th 2019)

” Ida’s emotionally moving voice, which is out of this world, contrasts so innocently against what unfolds on screen, a Lynchian Nordic Noir road trip. Genius…” (Folk Radio UK, Alex Gallacher, March 9th 2019)

“There’s so much to like about this song, and actually I think it’s probably the vocals that really make it special. At times the instrumentation is sparse and all you can here is that voice, which has this comforting, absorbing and authoritative quality that makes you want to turn up the gentle melody. And at close to 4 1/2 minutes it feels a substantial song, too, building subtly in volume and intensity – I think the style and pace just gives it a really ‘classy’ feel.” (Nordic Music Review, March 4th 2019)

“As a complete debut work, “Time Of Ghosts” is an astonishing achievement. There is ebb, there is flow. There is serenity, there is climactic sonance. This is the world of Ida Wenoe, and it’s a world where culture, music, imagination and influence collide. What happens is a magic borne of latent talent, and a willingness to explore the musical recesses that are often left untouched and unexplored by less inventive songwriters. There are those that follow and then there are those that lead. Ida Wenoe is firmly in the latter category, and “Time Of Ghosts” is a stunning attestation to that fact.” (Ken Brown, FATEA Magazine)

“Trods sin melankolske tone er der noget næsten eventyrligt over albummet, der på én måde kan få lytteren til at drømme sig væk til et andet univers, men som man samtidig kan relatere til.” (Bands of Tomorrow)

“It’s been a long time since I’ve heard an artist perfectly capture the distinctive sound of late ’80s/early ’90s folk-pop—that kind of glassy glaze that cuts right to your core—but Danish singer/songwriterIda Wenøe has done just that with her emotionally-charged and uplifting new album Time Of Ghosts. And as great as the full LP is, this listener keeps returning again and again to the Jane Siberry-like title track.” (Nordic Spotlight)

“Gentle violin sounds here and there, guitar as the base of every composition and Ida’s vocals fulfilling the space in between sounds with vibrant energy and melancholy. Ida Wenøe’s music is intoxicating.Her voice has the character and the songs combine an extreme feminine delicacy and fragility with a message to stay strong and move on.” (Good because Danish)

“Bewitching acid folk with a deeply personal edge.” (Clash Magazine)