ALBUM REVIEW: Johanna Burnheart – Bär | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 01.12.23







It is slightly disorienting to hear Johanna Burnheart’s new album – her second – in the winter. Bär was recorded in London in the summer of 2022 with her jazz band. It decidedly belongs to warmer climates and seasons. There is something languid and luminous about these nine new compositions.

I like the soft, sensual tinkling of the vibraphone – Burnheart’s cool and detached vocals, distantly inspired by Astrud Gilberto’s – the warm tones of her violin. The album is explicitly dedicated to Berlin yet it conjures up unreal cities, dreamier states. Bär is something almost new – tropical jazz electronica, perhaps. But do we really need such clunky labels? Maybe it is enough to say: Burnheart’s music creates its own atmosphere – it is like a mirage – dense and ephemeral.


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