Although the Hamburg-based musical duo Fjarill have been together for 15 years, they remain difficult to pigeonhole. Pop music with lyrics in Swedish? World music from South Africa and Scandinavia? Vocal jazz? This gentle and powerful sound that comes from such a specific and unique place constantly simply seems to defy categorisation. But butterflies shouldn’t be pigeonholed! Fjarill’s achievements are considerable – six albums, World-Music awards and hundreds of concerts right across Europe. A seventh album is now scheduled for release on their own label Butter & Fly Records on 6 April 2018. KOM HEM. A work which deals with the concept of home.
Aino Löwenmark (piano, vocals) and Hanmari Spiegel (violin, vocals) look back at how the album came about.
We realised that in order to come home we needed to start by going away. Sometimes people remain in a foreign place and make it their new home. Sometimes you lose sight of your bearings. Fjarill nearly split up two years ago. We had lost our way. But Fjarill has also become a sort of home for us over the past 15 years, and that’s not something that you want to destroy. We summoned up courage and left the butterfly image behind. The music we make now is rougher at the edges, but we still like it best when we sing in two voices. We found more dissonances and even greater melancholy. The courage we showed has made us prepared to take risks. In 2016, we set up our own label, Butter & Fly Records. Yet another new home. But it lets us shape and reshape things exactly how we want. That’s a good feeling.
We have, of course, the title track “Kom Hem”, which basically encapsulates everything this CD is about. Coming home, finding a new home, getting your bearings, arriving, learning how to love.
At the end of the album, everything comes full circle with the song “Rasan”. This involves getting naked, letting all the masks drop, climbing into a boat and travelling out onto a vast and unknown sea.
“Kom Hem” is an album into which we have put a lot of ourselves. It was produced and mixed at the Walden Studio in Hamburg by Aino’s husband Jürgen Spiegel, who is the drummer of the Tingvall Trio. Jürgen also plays all the drums and percussion instruments. Steffi Stephan, who also has a day job as musical director of Udo Lindenberg’s backing band “Panikorchester”, performs bass duties. Here and there, gentle guitar tones by Stefan Stoppok are also discernible. But the dominant features are always our vocals, the piano and the violin. Despite all the changes, we now see that we have ultimately remained true to ourselves. We are at home.