Siv Jakobsen – Berry & Whythe

Barry & White is a thing of beauty capable of transcending any heart barriers.

When we first wrote about Siv Jakobsen we said her voice and music was “full of beautiful things for a well wrapped up soul. Since then, our love for her just grew into unmentionable proportions.

As a proper anticipation to tomorrows release of her fist ever full length – Nordic Mellow -, today she dropped another very special gem. While we intend to extensively talk about each and every song of her album very soon, this is a very special version that we think deserves special honors. Berry & Whyte was Siv’s third single, released in the beginning of August, and one that never left our inner-self since. It is a song about the time she lived on Metropolitan Avenue in NY, between Berry Street and Whyte Street, in “a tiny room in a shared apartment”, and a song about leaving the past behind: “it speaks of leaving time behind, sort of burying it between Berry & Whythe”.

Well, yesterday she put out an acoustic version of the song, live at Urchin Studios, and we felt in love (again). The sort of effortless performance allied with her more-than-tender voice, cripping gorgeous tone, and the way she transports us to singer-songwriters like Nick Drake, Neil Young or Iron & Wine, is beyond superlatives. Siv Jakobsen speaks right to the heart, in a rare beauty and apparent frailness. Like sound just got a favorite voice.

If you’re in the US, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, UK, Turkey, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Switzerland or France, do your heart a favor and grab one of these:

Fri Sep 8 – Otis, MA (USA), Welcome Campers Festival
Tue Sep 19 – Dublin, Ireland, The Ruby Sessions
Wed Sep 20 – Galway, Ireland, Roisin Dubh
Thu Sep 21 – Dublin, Ireland, Upstairs at Whelan’s
Fri Sep 22 – Limerick, Ireland, Kasbah Social Club
Mon Sep 25 – Aalst, Belgium, 50 Seats
Tue Sep 26 – Brussels, Belgium, Witloof Bar
Thu Sep 28 – Utrecht, Netherlands, Molenpark de Ster
Fri Sep 29 – Nijmegen, Netherlands, Stevenskerk
Sat Sep 30 – Amsterdam, Netherlands, 7 Layers Festival
Wed Oct 4 – Shrewsbury, Henry Tudor House
Thu Oct 5 – Bristol, The Lantern
Fri Oct 6 – Manchester, Band on The Wall
Sat Oct 7 – Liverpool, Buyers Club
Sun Oct 8 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Tue Oct 10 – Glasgow, CCA
Wed Oct 11 – Newcastle, Cluny 2
Thu Oct 12 – London, Cecil Sharp House
Thu Oct 19 – Copenhagen, Denmark, Studie 3
Thu 23 Nov – Oslo, Rockerfeller
Sat 25 Nov – Leeuwarden, Netherlands, Explore The North Festival
Wed 29 Nov – Istanbul, Turkey, Salon IKSV
Fri Dec 1 – La Roche-Sur-Yon, France, Fuzz’yon
Sat Dec 2 – Orleans, France, L’Astrolab
Mon Dec 4 – Oldenburg, Germany, Kulturetage
Wed Dec 6 – Mainz, Germany, Capitol Kino
Fri Dec 8 – Ghent, Belgium, Handlesbeurs Conzertzaal
Sat Dec 9 – Erfurt, Germany, Mehlhose
Tue Dec 12 – Zurich, Switzerland, Bogen F
Wed Dec 13 – Lausanne, Switzerland, La Romandie
Thu Dec 14 – Lyon, France, Groom

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