DISCOGRAPHY :


2008 Djinn New!


2005 Apple...


2003 Alabaster


2002 Ariel


2000 Alexandria


1996 Argo

COLLABORATIONS


2005 I hear the water...


2005 GHOSTFISH &
Daemonia Nymphe

 


Louisa John-Krol website or http://www.louisajohnkrol.com/

 


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Ref : Loreenna Mckennitt, Kate Bush
Style : pop folk, ambient, female voices.

Explore the cats' mysteries
Australian singer-songwriter Louisa John-Krol has a background as professional storyteller, her Welsh father was himself a specialist in Celtic myths. In her new album Louisa brings us in a feline universe through the myth of cats, sphinx, tigers and other mythological creatures. As said an Irish Legend 'A cat's eyes are windows...into another world', Louisa imagines and creates this new world, an ethereal & mysterious land.

"Louisa's soprano swoops through pieces that meld folk, progressive pop, electronica and new age in inventive and pleasing ways. LJK reminds one of Loreena McKennitt and Kate Bush. Like those women, she composes with her wild muse wherever it leads her using her mandolin, guitar and many other instruments ocarina, gong, Tibetan chimes, xylophone, piano-tuba...
Other instruments include harp, charango, hammered dulcimer, flute, bass and bowed psaltery. Musicians/producers are Harry Williamson and Brett Taylor, with guests Dandelion Wine, Theodore Wohng, Samantha Taylor and Keltia."

15 Tracks :
1.  Cauldron of Morning, 2.  Blue Beyond the Sky, 3.  I am the Djinn, 4.  Temples of the Jaguar, 5.  Beautiful Lie,  6.  Fai,  7.  Dulcinea,  8.  Two Cats Return Pomegranate to the Underworld . Part I: ‘Jinn Jinnee’; Part II: ‘Sardathrion’,  9.  Tree, 10. Yellow Leaves,  11. Chant of the Chimney Djinn ,  12. Lu-Lu in the Hall of Dreaming Cats, 13. A Retinue of Mandrakes (Juniper Berries) (5:21),  14. Aphelion, 15. Colours of Angels


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References: Loreena McKennitt, Kate Bush
October 2005 : 12 tracks


Louisa John-Krol is a fantastic artist, with a voice made of purest crystal,
and a fabulous storyteller.
Her new album "Apple Pentacle" leads us into a fairy world made of various stories flowing mostly from Green Man mythology. The Spirit of the Greenwood roves through the ages as Robin Hood, Egyptian Osiris, Arcadian Pan, Dionysus, Tolkien's Treebeard, Vishnu, Puck, Atho and other incarnations. With cinematic lyris and fairy soundscapes, Louisa's music is a subtle mix of modern production with ancestral themes and instruments (viola, mandolin, dulcimer, hurdy-gurdy, harpsichord). The result is dreamy fairy pop music with a beautiful, heavenly voice.
Like Kate Bush, she explores the different feelings in her voice: sensual,
sweet, harsh or ethereal, as if her creatures embody her soul. Let's
enter her bewitching worlds.

Tracks :
Atho, The windrow, Which of these worlds?, Spin, Birch Wandering, Escalder's Tree Ride, Canterville, The green Pentacle, Ceracini, Poppet plum, The witch in the wood, Kunmanngur


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Review :
The Scottish folklorist Andrew Lang collected European myths and folktales, retold them for a Victorian audience, and grouped them according to theme and, ultimately, color. Australian singer-songwriter Louisa John-Krol has a background as professional storyteller, and like Lang, has found a common theme, stories of the Green Man, and uses this album to explore a cross-cultural archetype, from the English Robin Hood to the Welsh Atho. The wonderfully whimsical package comes with extensive liner notes, including an essay about the appearances of the Green Man in world mythology. It‚s a high concept album that sounds pretensions and self-indulgent on paper.

But John-Krol and her cohorts (husband Mark, producers Harry Williamson and Brett Taylor) attempt to evoke her overarching concept through music. Indeed, the lyrics are impressionistic˜they are snippets of half-told tales and are sung with such delicacy and precision, they are inseparable from the music. LJK's soprano swoops through pieces that meld folk, progressive pop, electronica and new age in inventive and pleasing ways. After an ethereal invocation of the opening 'Atho', the Wurlitzer-heavy 'The Windrow' plays like a vintage Jefferson Airplane piece. 'Which One of These Worlds' begins with Laurie Anderson-like processed vocals before descending into propulsive trance electronica. 'Spin' and ' The Green Pentacle' are medieval folk, with hurdy-gurdy and harp accompanying acoustic guitar. The closing 'Kummanngur'is a drone-filled tribal song that wouldn't sound out of place on a Delirium album. One of the pleasures of this album is how the disparate musical set pieces fit together like a puzzle. You can barely see the joinery between the modern touches (synthesizers, drum machines) and archaic instruments, such as dulcimers, violas and harps.

LJK reminds one of Loreena McKennitt and Kate Bush, and like those women, she‚s a multi-instrumentalist and composer who follows her wild muse wherever it leads her. She does bringer a darker, if not gothic, aspect to her music that grounds her flights of fancy. This dark, dreamy album is the aural equivalent of the fairytale art of Edmund Dulac and Gustav Dore.
--Craig L. Gidney



LOUISA JOHN-KROL & OOPHOI I hear the water dreaming

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Style: Ambiant - zen - mystique
References: Loreena Mac Kennit, Enya,
Sheila Chandra
2005 - 7 Titles -

Oophoi is famous for his intimist ambiant music, he is considered as a Master in his art. Louisa's voice brings a melodic and 'fairyesque' dimension to his music. The meeting of these 2 musicians results in a mysterious, ethereal and oniric ambience reminding Louisa's song "Approaching the island of Siren" on her last album Alabaster.
Louisa's voice is reminiscent of Sheila Chandra's sing (without the Indian mood). Bamboo flute, singing bowl, crystals, insects sounds, birds, mandolin, ocarina attract us in an aquatic world populate with Sirens, Sylphids and amniotic dreams.

Titles : 1 The narm Owl - 2 Conversations between a wolf and a firefly - 3 the hour of fauns -4 Let the Nightsky envelope us -5 cavern of dreaming shelles - the dream of Cydron - the dream of Kalyh - the dream of narwal - 6 the whispering valley - 7a vassel for Michael


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Louisa John-Krol has been really active in the first half of 2005. She released her collaborative album with Daemonia Nymphe a couple of months ago and now she's back again with another collaboration with Oophoi. I HEAR THE WATER DREAMING is basically different from "Ghostfish" and if the collaboration with the Greek combo was based on electric ballads enriched by percussions and traditional instruments, this new album sounds more dilated. Thing that reflects that album's title. Each track seems to be focuse on a dreamy state where Oophoi's ambient music meet Louisa's chants. Maybe this is the reason why the project is credited to Oophoi & Louisa John-Krol and it insn't the contrary. The seven tracks (the fifth one is divided into four different movements: "Cavern of dreaming shelles", "The dream of Cydron", "The dream of Kalyh" and "The dream of narwal") are like suites that tend to stop the rhythmical part of music just to create a water like ambience. The effect created is paragonable to a paused movie on a broken video player: the image is still but it is also trembling, it seems to change colors, etc. Try to imagine you taking a nap near a cascade and suddenly you start to hear distant siren's chants. The result is quite relaxing and interesting at the same time but you've got to stop and sit down for a while to appreciate this release.
Maurizio Pustianaz Chaindlk 4,5/5

"Ambient music is like automatic writing; the sounds seem to come from a deep reservoir in the subconscious. The Italian sound designer Oophoi constructs environments— full of oceanic sounds. Drones, altered sounds of nature and subliminal melodies all combine to aural paintings of the depths. Louisa John-Krol listened to a bunch of previously released Oophoi compositions and wrote nascent melodies and lyrics for them. The words are like intriguing, half-told myths; shimmering stream-of-conscious images that dart and dodge like shoals of fish. John-Krol’s silver-toned voice unfurls and drifts through the sonic sea like flotsam. “I Hear The Water Dreaming” is what a collaboration between Kate Bush at her most ethereal and Eno at his most amorphous might sound like. Many of the tracks bleed into each other, but closing angelic hymn “A Vessel for Michael,” a tribute to John-Krol’s deceased father, rises like foam above the water." Craig Gidney - Heathen harvest



Alabaster  


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Style: Folk-romantic
References: Loreena Mac Kennit, Enya,Kate Bush, Emilia Torrini..
May 2003 - 12 Titles

Bewitching, romantic, ethereal pop: whimsy & energy reminiscent of Emilia Torrini, The Moors, Kate Bush. Fairy voice, mandolin, flute, percussion, table harp, charango, piano, lyre, bass, ocarina, clarinet. Luminosity with bursts of progressive rock, ghostly encounters, a tribute to the poet Emily dickinson, Hamlet's Ophelia, a renaissance ballad and dark ambience of Sirens. The mythical basis for this album (and its twin to come) is the union of Persephone and Hades: an embrace between life and death. Featuring the neo-classical band Daemonia Nymphe, Lys, Francesco Banchini (GoR/Ataraxia); ambience of Oophoi; and Olaf Parusel (Stoa).

TITLES: The Throng on the Pier / The Lily and the rose / Waterwood / Stone lake / Me and the machine / Light on the wall / The seventh ingress / paint the wind / How should your true love know? / The search for lost souls- Midnight / Approaching the island of Sirens/ Dancing over Acheron


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Review
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Alabaster
The fairy Louisa keeps surprising. Her fourth album is like a new treasure box, even richer than Ariel (2001) and Alexandria (1999) - all spiritual pearls and sounds brought back from fantasy land. Prestigious guests are invited on some songs, such as Daemonia Nymphe ("The Throng on the Pier"), Francesco Banchini (GoR; "The Lily and the Rose"), Olaf Parusel (sToa, on the crystal-like "The Seventh Ingress"), Harry Williamson (Faraway), and Gianluigi Gasparetti (Oophoi, "Approaching the Island of Sirens").
If the album's main theme is clearly the union between Persephone and Hades, it is also about friendship and exchange, two never ending sources of inspiration. Aside mellow and dreamy ballads ("The Search for Lost Souls", based on a poem from the American Emily Dickinson; "The Throng on the Pier", based on Dante and Homer; the moving "Waterwood" with its "night birds" flutes). Louisa John-Krol, whose honey-like voice is a pure pleasure, keeps experimenting with songs that are more pop-rock ("Stone Lake", "Paint the Wind", dedicated to the painter Karan Wicks, and mostly "Me and the Machine" which strangely reminds of Garbage regardless of the mandolin!). There, the gifted production of Brett Taylor makes it a wonder - besides he co-signs all the tracks and plays the guitar. Nevertheless, it is only at the very end of the album that the biggest surprise comes: a semi-hidden track, the techno "Dancing over Acheron", electronic sounds in the instruments and the voices. Out of time and uniquely elegant, Alabaster is a pleasure which grows after each listening. It is maybe beautiful Louisa's best album and we can't wait to see her on stage very soon.
Frédéric Cotton (translated by Philippe Lambrechts)

Ariel  

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Style: Folk-romantic
References: Loreena Mac Kennit
june 2001 - 12 Titles - 45'

Louisa grew up in native Australian bushland. She takes her inspiration in literature, mythology, poetry and Nature. She studied voice, guitar and piano; mandolin was self-taught. During the early nineties, she shared a groupe-house with artists including Dawn Perry, who introduced her to the music of her brother Brendan's duo (Dead-Can-Dance) On Ariel, mandoline, heavenly voices, percussions, flute, cello, string quartet, derbouka... lead us into romantic and dreamy worlds. A masterpiece in the field of romantic pop-ethereal fairy music.

TITLES: Blackbird / Red Balloon / Numb the wren year / Nobelius' garden / Beads of rain / The seagiant / Ariel / Alice in the garden of life flowers / Tale of a thorn / Salamander / Anemone falling / Sentinel


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Alexandria CD

Style: Folk-romantique
References: Loreena Mac Kennit
juin 2000 - 12 Titles -60'
Alexandria is a realm of dragons and centaurs. Invisible cities of Calvino and Cavafy come to life, with Louisa's own Madame Alchemier and Valley of Seven Keys. Other inspirations are Milton's "Lycidas", Dante's Limbo (Canto IV) where pagan souls dwell, 15th century music of Baixa dansa Barcelona, and novelists Ramon Perez de Ayala, Dostoyevsky, Max Frisch and Shiga Naoya. Engineered/co-produced by Harry Williamson.

TITLES : Alexandria,Contradiction is the Dragon, Hide in your Shadow, Fortress, Talim Ridge, Belarmino's Dictionary, Paper Door, Ariel's Flight, The Valley of Seven Keys, Madame Alchemier, Canto IV, The Last Centaur.


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Argo CD

Style: Folk-romantique
References: Loreena Mac Kennit
juin 2000 - 12 Titles -55'

Argo refers to the legendary ship of the Argonauts. In our age of prescribed mysteries, journeying out of bureaucratised realms is an adventure, whether or not we return with the Golden Fleece. The album celebrates Renaissance alchemist Ficino, Sufis Idries Shah and Ibn Arabi, Sumerian goddess Inanna, authors Dunsany, Blake, Kipling, Walter de la Mare and Holderlin, Celtic faerietales and Greek mythology. Engineered/co-produced by Harry Williamson.

TITLES : Dunsany's Hope, Hyperion, Argo, I'm Not Walking, Little Wanderer, Inanna, Out of The Equipage, Inside the Bubble, House of Legend, Duncan the Fiddler, Oak, Ash and Thorn, The Healer's Names


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DISCOGRAPHY

1996 : Argo
2000: Alexandria
2002 : Ariel (prikosnovenie)
2003 : Alabaster (prikosnovenie)

COMPILATIONS :
2004 : "Fairy World" Vol 1 - Prikosnovenie, France
2002 : Love sessions (collaboration)
2002 : "L'Odyssee" - Prikosnovenie, France
"Belladonne: a sampler of fairy voices", Prikosnovenie, France

 


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INTERVIEW: (by Nikö d'Obskure.com)

Extract from an interview with Obskure webzine, France 2003:

« Alabaster » foundations are based on positive feelings, like friendship or meetings. But we can perceive a dark surrounding on songs. Do you think that the ambivalence of mankind pushes us to not take simply the benefit of these positive feelings, and that it leads you to transcribe these through your songs ?

How do we delineate foundations or surroundings? Ambivalence haunts each ripple of alchemy, each crack in the marble, each line of laughter or pain, and at the same time illuminates, like the tension of light and shadow in a painting. An earlier song of mine, “Contradiction is the Dragon” explored Ibn Arabi’s notion that when we see a contradiction, we are looking at reality. This might be one way to interpret Alabaster.


For from being monotonous, « Alabaster » leads the listener in many places, but always in the landscape you draw, being very homogeneous. Are you conscious of building a real universe, warm, bright and sometimes sad, as real life is, but in a sort of parallel world ?


Perhaps. I’ve had vivid dreams that feel like visits into a parallel life. They sometimes contain people familiar to me here, but in different situations or guises, and interconnected by threads of recognition, so that I feel they are coming from a universe that’s consistent and convincing. In that world I can fly or swim like a waterbird. Sirens have sung in voices of my sisters. I’ve danced on a chessboard under midnight stars. In one, a friend called my name, his footsteps echoing on a marble floor. Alabaster is a kind of marble, and refers to the Alabaster Chambers of Emily Dickinson’s poetry. A parallel life is touched upon in our song “Light on the Wall” on Alabaster.


Fayries are still breeding this album. Do you think they could evolve with the present world ? Or do you think this stories should be kept in mind, in order to get a proper view on real life ? As they were written by ancients and cross ages, they might carry wisdom ?

Perhaps Faeries are evolving with us, not only as elementals, but also as mischievous companions in our urban activities! And yes, I believe that literary and oral traditions of the Ancients still speak to us.


The packaging of « Alabaster » is wonderful ! Do you have a total confidence in Sabine ? Do you give her the music and then she draws, or the opposite way ?
Yes, I have total confidence in Sabine. Her artwork is one of the reasons I signed to Prikosnovenie, when Frederic Chaplain wrote to introduce the label. Sabine, in my view, wields a mastery of colour to convey emotion and intrigue, while displaying a quirky sense of humour that sets her art apart from more sombre images associated with our scene. Yes, there’s an interplay between music and design, but we respect each other’s independence. Dining in Sabine’s home, I found her as enigmatic and charming as her art.

Louisa's Australian producers:
Harry Williamson:
www.springstudio.com.au
or www.farawaymusic.com
Brett Taylor:
www.pilgrimarts.com