“Had Nick Drake been a graceful young woman living this day in age, this is the album she would have made.” With this enchanting quote Jazzism magazine gave Fridolijn's solo debut Catching Currents a glorious spot in their best of 2015 list.
Fridolijn, an original singer and songwriter hailing from Amsterdam first appeared in 2011 with the release of 'Crossing the Rubicon', by her band Finn Silver. A self-released jazz, pop and hiphop-influenced debut, which reached top chart positions in Holland and Japan. It brought Fridolijn & her band to international stages like Billboard Live Tokyo & Osaka as well as North Sea Jazz Festival. Itunes hauled the band 'New Jazz Artist of the Year'.
Fridolijn became a member of Singer/Songwriter supergroup 'Ladies of the Lowlands', and recorded and performed internationally with British jazzband/MOBO winners Kairos 4tet, pianist Gideon van Gelder (Jose James), Cinematic Orchestra guitaritst Stuart McCallum (UK) and became host of the monthly vocal session at Amsterdam’s North Sea Jazzclub.
2015 was the year to withdraw and focus on writing music again. With songwriters Danny Fisher and David Austin she took to the idyllic British countryside where the three ended up writing personal, deep and beautiful new music. The efforts of multiple writing sessions resulted in a magical studio session in London, during the summer of 2014. With a British topband of Richard Spaven on drums (Jose James/ Flying Lotus), Grant Windsor on keys (Jose James/ Gregory Porter), fellow songwriters Danny Fisher and David Austin on acoustic guitars, and Alex Bonfanti on bass Fridolijn and her band recorded a brand new album. With the help of mixing engineer Axel Reinemer and producer Richard Spaven the album was finalized at the Jazzanova Recording Studio in Berlin.
The result is Catching Currents: a striking solo debut that blurs the boundaries between cinematic folk, singersongwriter, jazz, electronica, and broken beats and blends them into touching songs.
With Catching Currents Fridolijn got signed to V2 Records Benelux, BiG I AM Management UK and P-vine Records Japan, where it climbed the jazzcharts up to the top 10. The response to the album was impressive: Northwave Radio Japan made it their Album of the Week. Press wrote: A solo debut of overwhelming ripeness. (Revolver's Lust for Live magazine), It's only a matter of time for Catching Currents to become a succes. It would be more than deserved. (Platomania), Fridolijn manages to move, seduce and impress with timeless popsongs. (Velvet Records).
Currently opening track 'Frame This' clocked over 1.000.000 Spotify streams, and counting.
As a little girl Fridolijn spent hours underneath a grandpiano, while pianist Henk Nigting played trancelike patterns, heavily inspired by Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Her mother was teaching modern dance at the Rotterdam Conservatory.
Growing up Fridolijn's parents listened to Bach, Steve Reich and the Beatles. During her teenage years Fridolijn saved up to buy cd's of Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Cinematic Orchestra, Massive attack and Portishead, while following training as a classical and jazz pianist.
Fridolijn is from the same generation as Becca Stevens, Eska, Gretchen Parlato, Esperanza Spalding, Lianne LaHavas or Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote). Strong, young female vocalists, who have in common that their rich harmonic sense and lush rhythmic pallet are a strong core to their music, leading to a compelling and personal artistic vision.
When Fridolijn is asked to why she decided to move on by herself and releasing a highly personal album under her own name she replies: “When all currents seem to suddenly be flowing in a different direction than you, you can either struggle on, battle the undertow, or you can let go, catch the current, and let yourself be carried towards the unknown...” An intuitive, daring move, proven to be the right one.
Or as Written in Music wrote: “A surprisingly big talent stands up”.
"Het kan niet uitblijven of Catching Currents wordt een succes. Het zou niet meer dan terecht zijn."
It's only a matter of time for Catching Currents to become a succes. It would be more than deserved.
"Een solodebuut van verpletterende rijpheid."
**** Lust for Life
A solo debut of overwhelming ripeness.
"Als Nick Drake een bevallige jonge vrouw was geweest die anno nu had geleefd, had ze een plaat gemaakt zoals Fridolijn dat nu heeft gedaan."
Jazzism - Best of 2015 Guuz Hoogaerts
Had Nick Drake been a graceful young lady,
living this day in age, this is the album she would have made.
"Ze heeft met de juiste
muzikanten het juiste internationale album gemaakt."
**** Written in Music
With the right musicians she made the right, international album.