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06-08-2013 // Must-Have of the Month: Andy - Release - The Oslo Recordings

Summer 2012. A pretty girl walks onto the main stage and plays a beautiful set of songs. The crowd is not paying enough attention, but those that do fall a little bit in love that day. Being a little silly drunk myself I didn't catch her name and being a music lover no matter how drunk I am, it annoyes me. An hour later, a pretty girl walks by. casually holding a beer, I'm fairly sure she was smoking a cigarette while talking to her girlfriend. My friend and I look at her for a few seconds and debate about the similarities with the mesmerizing singer-songwriter we've just witnessed on stage. Not being able to figure it out I walk up to her to ask if it was her on stage. It was her. We talk a little, she signs a copy of her album & says goodbye. Besides the autograph she writes "yes, it was me". I'm a little bit in love..

A few months later. Through a little spark of luck I get a few tickets to a local festival. She's playing a small set, looking pretty as always. Being her funny self on stage, singing painfully beautiful in a restaurant slowly being cooked by a hot Autumn sun. I'm warm, I'm hot, I'm mesmerized again. Even more this time, the songs and her voice sound so much better in an intimate session. Although I'm not easily annoyed by people talking at concerts, every word from the crowd is too much. We bump into each other a little later. I compliment her on a fine set, but I'm striking out verbally. The words I wanted to use were lost in emotions and alcohol. We talk a little, I feel a little more lost with every minute that passes.

January 2013. As a loyal fan I read something about a new album. It's on iTunes and physical copies will be available soon. Without hearing a single note of it I shoot her an email about ordering myself a copy. She replies, gives me the details, we've got a deal. I think back of the 2 shows I've seen. Great voice, beautiful little songs. Cute on-stage personality. I wonder if the new songs, recorded in Oslo, can match the expectations I hold. Months go by. Relationships end, houses are left behind. I forget about Andy, the girl with the sneakers and the beautiful voice.

Summer 2013. Relationships have ended, houses are left behind. Putting myself together I go through my exploded inbox and find the emails we’ve sent each other. Feeling bad that I’ve never got back to her I explain a little bit and tell her how much I’d like to buy her album, as a little present to myself. She replies swiftly, and a few days later I receive a little package. On a Friday night I open a good bottle of wine and the package I’ve been looking at for 2 days. A little joke on the inside, her pretty face on the cover & her sneakers on the back. So far, so good. If she did turn into J. Bieber I can always look at the pretty pictures. I play it on my stereo, I play it loud. And from the 1st minute it’s back. The magic. The same comfort I felt when I saw her play live. Just like 12 months ago, I’m a little bit in love.

A few months later. Andy is still the same talented singer-songwriter from Amsterdam. The same girl that has released a 6-track album in January. Still playing her songs in Haarlem, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Hoorn and probably a lot of other places (go see her when she’s close to you). I am still the same person. Doing my routines, listening to music wherever I go. There’s just one difference. I’ve been listening to Release - The Oslo Recordings every day, falling in love a little more each day. Her voice sooths me, the lyrics comfort me, the songs keep me company. If you buy only one album this month, this season, this Summer. Let me recommend you Andy’s Release - The Oslo Recordings. It’s everything you could ever ask for in an album.

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