Stina Nordenstam's commercial strategy won't win her many new fans: having given only a handfull of interviews over the years and never toured except one show 14 years ago in London, the Scandinavian singer - songwritter seems to be all about creating the art but not really giving that much energy to promote it out there. At least, a rather pretty site made it's appearance on the net recently. Still, this Kate Bush-like resclusiveness bounds harmonically with the fragile, mysterious nature of her music. Nordenstam made her first appearance in the music scene in 1992 with the jazzy, eerie Memories Of A Colour, then shortly after that she released And She Closed Her Eyes, a track of which (the tender "Little Star") was included in the Romeo & Juliet soundtrack, introducing the artist to a wider audience. Three, significally more downbeat and melancholic albums followed.
As samplers go, this is one of the best. An excellent cross section of artists from the Stockfish catalog. I am especially taken by the cuts from Alan Taylor ("The Beat Hotel" in particualr) and Chris Jones. Sonics are clean, clear and crisp, with an exceptional sense of timbre. I've purchased a few of the CD's of the artists I've heard on this sampler, and I'm here to tell you, they sound great to - though they can't beat these SACD tracks.