“Come on, I’ll paint our colours for you on the wide walls of the house …” That’s a line from a song by Gisela Berndt, and that’s exactly what happens when this singer-songwriter from Cologne opens her lyrical paintbox for us. Gisela Berndt paints – with her lyrics and with her voice. She creates life-like scenes, embarks on complex inner journeys in search of the truth, and allows memories to take shape; and this is all done with a light hand, as though she were sketching.
This artist’s lyrical and tonal paintings are never loud and striking. Instead, her stories are more like a glimmering watercolour, with nuances, overlapping surfaces, and a shimmering interplay of light and shadow. Just as the painter uses water and colour to bring their work to life on a canvas, Gisela Berndt uses entrancingly clear language to create the greatest complexity in her lyrics – they are words which sparkle on her voice. We are the canvas, allowing ourselves to be captivated by this voice which conveys a lightness and sensual depth at the same time.
Gisela Berndt (v) Gero Koerner (p), Werner Lauscher (b) Benedikt Hesse (dr)
Release Date: 2 November 2018
Format: CD | Digital
Label: Mons Records
Last modified: November 3, 2018