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Review by Nieuwe Noten (NL)

Read the review of our new album Seven White Horses written by Ben Taffijn of Nieuwe Noten. Thanks a million Ben!

The review is in Dutch and can be found at nieuwenoten.nl. Below you’ll find a translation of the Dutch review:

Boxin’ the Vox – Seven White Horses (CD Review)

The Dutch folk duo Boxin’ The Vox approached me recently with their new album ‘Seven White Horses’. David Plasmeijer, on banjo and lute and guitarist Anne-Lotte Paymans play Irish folk. To be honest, I am usually not very enthusiastic about these well-meaning initiatives from which, with all due respect, amateurism often drips off. To my big surprise however, ‘Seven White Horses’ is quite a strong and varied album, on which the duo further collaborates with David Munnelly, Janos Koolen, Adam Shapiro and Jon O’Connell, who also work under the name The Fiddle Case.

In their texts, sung by Paymans and sometimes Plasmeijer, the ten pieces partly refer back to the Irish tradition, but sometimes also contain contemporary, topical themes. The opener, the title track ‘Seven White Horses’ is a fine example of the first, an old myth sounding. The music is somewhat angular and pointed, the vocals of Paymans tight and convincing. An excellent opener. In ‘Keep the Fires Burning’ we end up in Holland: Paymans’ birthplace Nieuwkoop. She sings about it with an intense voice, supported by the second voice of Plasmeijer. The fact that they switch to Dutch towards the end, I personally think, is a bit less successful.

In the intimate Mr. Alzheimer, Paymans reflects on the dreaded disease: “For you are taking away the sun, creating a cloudy, misty mind.” Most charming is also the ballad ‘Close’ in which we hear the couple in intimate singing together, supported by sweet, somewhat melancholic acoustic sounds. A bit sweet, but for this time that’s okay. And the lyrics are beautiful with phrases like:
“And I wonder
Are you a pink cloud in the sky?
Are you a butterfly flying by?
Watching your white roses growing in our garden
I keep you close in that heart of mine.”

Boxin’ the Vox is not a duo that get’s on their high horse, nor pretends to give the tradition a new injection or saw the legs from under the chair. These are mostly intimate, often charming songs to listen. Day of Days’ in which the duo pays homage to D-Day and the soldiers who fell there, I find less successful. With such a song a certain rawness fits, a characteristic that is totally absent here. An Íslitír, in which an ode to the Irish landscape is performed, including a beautiful instrumental intermezzo, fits much better. The same goes for the compelling, somewhat bluesy ‘Waiting for you love’ and the cheerful, up tempo ‘Too Slow’.

Source: www.nieuwenoten.nl (Dutch only)

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