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Nowhere Or Tammensaari

I Am Oak

Nowhere Or Tammensaari

LabelMidsummer Records
VertriebCargo
VÖ-Datum15.6.2012

Ausgerechnet im Laufe der Fußball-EM 2012 veröffentlicht Thijs Kuijken alias I Am Oak sein drittes Album. Und ausgerechnet einen Holländer gilt es nun zu diesen Zeiten der auf Eis gelegten Nachbarschaftsliebe zu loben. Wiederholt sogar. Denn was dieser Künstler bereits auf seinen ersten beiden Alben als Kopf seines Projektes mit den Attitütden eines Singer/Songwriters auf die Beine stellte, der sich nicht selten elektronischer Hilfsmittel bediente, war beeindruckend. Als Konsequenz wurde das zweite Album Oasem, das 2011 erschien, in seiner Heimat als bestes Indie-Album des Jahres ausgzeichnet.

Nun reduziert I Am Oak seine Musik. Noch immer ziehen die Songs mit einer spürbaren Schwermut und Dunkelheit durch den Raum, doch bekennt er sich auf Nowhere Or Tammensaari zu einem deutlich stärkeren Einsatz seiner Band. Vielleicht will I Am Oak auch nur unterstreichen, dass die Vergleiche mit Bon Iver, Iron & Wine und Sufjan Stevens, die ihm immer wieder unterstellt werden und nicht die schlechtesten Referenzen sind, für ihn einen Ansporn bedeuten, sich auf die Facetten seiner Stimme zu konzentrieren und den Hörer eindeutiger zu fesseln, die er vor allem dann erreicht, wenn er die Zweit- und Drittstimmen selbst einsingt und diese magisch über der Musik zu schweben scheinen und ganz direkt in Richtung Wirkung zielen. Kuijken mag es als Herausforderung sehen, dem eigentlich typischen Singer/Songwriter-Album näher zu kommen. Die Gitarre und der Gesang als wichtigste Anzeichen, die so vielen dazu verhalfen, ihre Platten zu veröffentlichen und die die Überschwemmung der Bewegung immer wieder vorantreibt. Doch I Am Oak ist zu geschickt und zu gekonnt, um in diesem Pool unterzugehen. Er weiß um die Klangfarbe seiner Stimme und den demenstsprechend wirkungsvollen Einsatz derer, er scheut sich nicht davor, einem Song wie Everything In Waves oder Drooom durch eine E-Gitarre eine unerwartete Note zu verleihen und welche Harmonien er setzen muss, um nicht in der Beliebigkeit zu verfallen und Stimmungen auszubauen, die mit enormer Dichte auf das Ohr treffen.

I Am Oak stellt auf Nowhere Or Tammensaari erneut seine Ausstrahlung unter Beweis. Die Vergleiche mit den Großen bleiben auch weiterhin bestehen, jedoch kann er diese immer weiter von außen betrachten. Schließlich hat Kuijten seine ganz eigenen Qualitäten, die er auf seinem dritten Album wieder ins Spiel zu bringen weiß.

 

Tracklist:
  1. Famine
  2. Grown
  3. Boulders
  4. Palpable
  5. Roam
  6. Drooom
  7. Marrow
  8. Cluster
  9. I Am Forest
  10. Reins
  11. Vares Varas
  12. Everything In Waves
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