ERJA LYYTINEN - Stolen Hearts (2017)
Given the rigorously defined nature of the blues scene in some people’s eyes, Erja Lyytinen probably wouldn’t thank anyone for suggesting that over the course of the last few years she’s become a beacon on a predictable blues landscape. She’s a forward looking artist who is very much in the vanguard of European blues, and unlike some of her American counterparts she isn’t weighed down by historic expectation or cliché. ‘Stolen Hearts’ feels like a conscious attempt to broaden her blues-rock template. She sparkles as a slide guitarist, but this album is the result of a three album continuum from which she has emerged as a thoughtful songwriter of real substance. She’s always been unafraid to cross genres ,as evidenced by her international debut album ‘Dreamland Blues’, the R&B feel of ‘Grip Of The Blues’, and the confessional nature of ‘Forbidden Fruit’ which moved her up a level as a songwriter. ‘Stolen Hearts’ also places a strong emphasis on her vocals, via a lush production with an imposing sonic quality that highlights her intricate dynamics, an array of guitar parts and occasionally layered sounds.
The new album was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki. Erja’s vocals were recorded at State of the Ark Studios in London by multi-platinum selling engineer and producer Chris Kimsey, known for his contributions to classic Rolling Stones albums Sticky Fingers and Some Girls. Kimsey also mixed the album.