Siril Malmedal Hauge / Jacob Young
This stand-out, intimate jazzduo recording features the haunting vocals of Siril Malmedal Hauge - a 25 year old sensation from the small island, Sula, on the Norwegian North-West peninsula. And the guitar artistry of Jacob Young, internationally known and critically acclaimed for his work with his groups on three releases for ECM Records.
If you like Melody Gardot, Eva Cassidy, Ella Fitzgerald or Chet Baker - chances are you will dig this too.
"Last Things" is an album with a mix of original songs, covers and standards - all from different popular music areas and different times in music history. Songs from genres as diverse as the epic 1970´s rock ballad “Little Wing" - a cover of Jimi Hendrix´tune - to the Cole Porter masterpiece "So In Love" from the 1950´musical "Kiss me Kate”.
Two original song written by Jacob Young “Bounce With Me” and the title track of the album "Last Things" - a song that features Jacob Young`s voice in duet with Siril Malmedal Hauge, as well as multiple acoustic and electric guitars.
On a curious note; this marks his debut as a singer on any recording.
The production of the album is sober and transparent, showcasing the strenght of Siril’s phrasing and delivery of intertextual meaning - or storytelling.
The songs are centered around the lyrical arrangements of Jacob Young’s guitarwork. He is not afraid of using multiple layers and textures to elevate certain moments in the arrangements. Siril Malmedal Hauge’s sensual voice floats on top and in-between the musical lines of the songs. The duo impresses both as interpreters and improvisers.
In 2018 they won the silver price for "best jazz vocal album" in Jazz Critics magazine’s album award, Japan. And in 2019 they god nominated for best "jazz with vocals" in prestigious Independent Music Awards, New York. "Last Things" also got on the "best of 2019" list in All About Jazz, NYC (...even though the record was released in 2018!) They have also toured South-Korea, Japan, New York and Europe.
“Last Things er simpelthen en liten juvel, vakker, stemningsfull og ren balsam for sjelen. ”
— Erik Valebrokk