On her debut album Belgian-based multi-instrumentalist Ann Eysermans explores the possibilities of the train as a music instrument: a deep quest into a fascinating and mesmerising world, which started as a five year old kid, when she climbed on board of the train helm station during a trip from Antwerp to Ostend.
For the compositions 'Prelude and Fuga For Four Diesel Locomotives And Harp' Eysermans had the chance to capture the sounds of diesel locomotives (HD 51, 54, 55 and 60) of the Belgian Train World Heritage collection. Microscopic hissing vibrations of steaming engines slowly entwine and resonate with fragile harp playing, getting on track for an unconventional sonic rail journey. A melancholic odyssey of sound in motion: Ann Eysermans let the sparkling harp notes dissolve into the tones of pulsating train wheels.
On the B-side she bends her soft singing voice around deranged horn melodies in 'Le Départ', connect delayed organ harmonies in 'De Vertraging' with the dying frequencies of a trembling and humming locomotive from the 60's, On the key track 'For Trainspotters Only' Ann Eysermans assembles a hauntingly piece of musique concrete with clanging chimes, broken music boxes, ghostly whispers and throbbing machine room sounds. A lonely barking dog and the last train announcement on a desolate platform in 'Chorale' also mark the last part of this spellbinding record.
A1 Prelude For Four Diesel Locomotives And Harp
A2 Fuga For Four Diesel Locomotives And Harp
B1 Le Départ
B2 De Vertraging
B3 Little One
B4 For Trainspotters Only
All music composed and performed by Ann Eysermans Recorded by Istvan Leel-Össy, Serge Verstockt and Ann Eysermans
Mastered by Gert Van Hoof at Cochlea Mastering Cut by Dubplates & Mastering
Lay out by Jef Cuypers
Photography by Philippe Cortens and Ann Eysermans
Distributed by N.E.W.S. Distribution
For Trainspotters Only by Ann Eysermans (Cortizona 013) is a co-production between Cortizona, ChampdAction and EUROPALIA, in collaboration with NMBS
Vinyl edition of 400 copies (including 2 inserts)
You can order the vinyl record at Cortizona.
Foxy Digitalis (interview)
Gazet Van Antwerpen
Photography: Philippe Cortens