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RnR Magazine May/June 2020

RnR Magazine May/June 2020

de subjectivisten - Netherlands

Jan Willem Broek

Jan Willem Broek

You are never too old to make your debut, several artists have already proven that.  And sometimes some maturing actually only benefits the music.  Music with a story.  That certainly applies to Robert Severin.  This Scottish singer-songwriter is a child of Hungarian refugees, who met in Scotland in 1956. Robert in turn met his Scottish wife in Budapest in 1989.  So he has a connection with that city and Hungary for several reasons.  Driven by the love for music, inspired by his father, but also by a postcard, which he finds in a second-hand bookshop.  His years of songwriting have now resulted in the album Postcard From Budapest.  From the first note you have the feeling that you have an instant timeless classic in your hands.  Severin (vocals, guitar, clarinet) has a very pleasant, melancholic singing voice and the music fits in nicely with that.  During a music course he comes into contact with arranger / violinist / singer Innes Watson of the Innotet quartet, which also includes Seonaid Aitken (violin, vocals), Patsy Reid (viola) and Alice Allen (cello).  They accompany his imaginative beautiful songs in a beautiful mood.  They are all engaging and often moving stories, which are taken from life and therefore come across as sincere and pure.  Yet there is a melancholy varnish all over it, which I think is of incredible added value, especially because nothing is fake.  That means that even the most accessible pieces get a rough edge.  The music evokes associations with Nick Drake, Brett Anderson, Peter Hammill, Syd Barrett, Owain Phyfe, Power Of Dreams and even The Beatles, but still sounds quirky.  Severin delivers an incredibly beautiful musical photo album, in which you want to keep browsing. Jan Willem Broek, De Subjectivisten, Week 34

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