For 25 years, Titiyo Jah has been one of Sweden’s foremost singers. Today, she has joined together with Andreas Söderström and Johan Berthling to create the band El Rojo Adios.
El Rojo Adios’ music conjures up images from Wild West landscapes: frostbitten cacti and Titiyo Jah’s singing that reminds the listener of Joni Mitchell or folk icon Vashti Bunyan. The music is crystal clear, powerful and mesmerizingly beautiful.
We are a hybrid of earthy, mood-charged American folk music laced with a Swedish pop aesthetic. One might be tempted to assign the two influences to each musician, but its not that simple. It’s clear that they are not sitting in separate rooms but rather meeting to create something that you can feel and hear.
El Rojo Adios’ sincerely warm and infinitely beautiful interpretation of Dylan’s ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’ is only the beginning. The echoes from a south-of-the-border-desert sound in both the quieter melodies and in the more outgoing Latin rhythms such as the song ‘In Transfer.’ However, with an advanced and highly evocative voice-over, as in Roland Orlando, there is also an obvious experimental ambition.
Anyone who tries to imagine what it would sound like if Titiyo and Laurie Anderson recorded a long suggestive ‘Twin Peaks’ ballad in a church on the prairie comes close to the sacred sentiments in ‘Waiting to Be Found.’
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