Hailing from the Chugach Mountains of Alaska is singer-songwriter "Sjofn". Sjofn frequents the folk-festivals, coffee houses, and open mic nights in Alaska and the Yukon.Given the folksy, Appalachian-type feeling of her debut recording, and the cover photo that would lead one to believe Sjofn lives the life of Heidi, Girl of the Swiss Alps, there are a few clues that suggest she is not just a simple mountain girl. The presence of long-time clarinetist Paul Monsaratt, as is the well crafted phrasing within her lyrics. What seems to remain simple, at first listen, is the production of the recording. However, Sjofn points out that, "We spent a lot of time and effort making this recording sound just this way. We want to be part of the 'front porch folk revival' by sounding as if this music is being played in the living room or front porch of anyone's home." Indeed, the "Secret" album is a refreshing remedy to today's overproduced singer-songwriter fare with their techno-prefect voices and instrumentation. With a soothing voice, Sjofn sings out over finger-strummed guitars, banjos, electric guitars, clarinet, and washtub bass with the emphasis on honest, straight, and unaffected delivery. Her acoustic and experimental folk songs have an unvarnished yet haunting appeal to them and are accessible enough to ring true regardless of guise.

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"Secret" It's blowing my mind! One of the most remarkable albums of the year. Absolutely amazing stuff! This music is of the highest quality. It deserves to be enormous. 14th Best Album of 2010.
Mark Whitby
(Dandelion Radio DJ / John Peel Radio)

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