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Julia Gjertsen - Fragile | mr025

“As with spring, I think there is both melancholy and naivety in the melodies” she says of the pieces on the record. “The title of the tracks and album came to me when I was in Greece for a week and was working to finish this album. The word ‘Fragile’ and the idea for the album reflects my state of mind and the way I see the world in general, as well as some natural elements such as the sea. For me, we are fragile. As we can hear there are some cracking noises from the piano - I wanted to keep that in my tracks as I think it reflects a feeling of fragility, intimacy and proximity to the listener.”

“As with spring, I think there is both melancholy and naivety in the melodies” she says of the pieces on the record. “The title of the tracks and album came to me when I was in Greece for a week and was working to finish this album. The word ‘Fragile’ and the idea for the album reflects my state of mind and the way I see the world in general, as well as some natural elements such as the sea. For me, we are fragile. As we can hear there are some cracking noises from the piano - I wanted to keep that in my tracks as I think it reflects a feeling of fragility, intimacy and proximity to the listener.”

Following on the heels of her 2012 debut EP ‘Slow Motion Stories’ and a series of evocative singles, Oslo-based pianist / composer Julia Gjertsen's LP ‘Fragile’ is a mixture of piano and densely arranged electronic and organic elements.

The tracks were created primarily between January and May 2019, with the exception of the album opener Hyphen II - a rework of a track Gjertsen originally composed in 2016. 

All music written, recorded and mixed by Julia Gjertsen

Additional mixing for 'Underwater' by Sergey Abiyaka

Mastered by Taylor Deupree at 12K Mastering

Artwork by Carsten Daub