Wow! Check out this Belgian review of our album Seven White Horses, written by Dani Heyvaert of Rootstime.be. Merci bien Dani!
You can find the review in Dutch at Rootstime.be or read the translation below:
Boxin’ The Vox – Seven white horses
It is characteristic of this profession that you occasionally find a CD in your mailbox, from people you don’t know at all, but who, as was the case at the time, politely ask if you would like to listen and, if possible, write something about the record in question. When I try to be well-educated, I always listen and sometimes it happens to me that I listen not just once, but many times, because the record in question appeals to me very much. You can already feel me coming: in the case of these “Seven White Horses”, I wanted to listen more than many times. Not that it is a world-shattering record – that was never the intention – but because it radiates a genuineness, a naturalness, for which I have developed a sixth sense over the years and which proves to be very useful in separating chaff and choirs.
Boxin The Vox is a duo and a couple: her name is Anne-Lotte Paymans and she sings and plays the guitar; his name is David Plasmeijer and he also sings, but he is mainly a multi-instrumentalist.
This record is their second – the first I haven’t heard, but as far as I could find, there were mainly covers on it – and it contains ten of their own songs, some of which were recorded in Ireland – with the help of people like fiddler Adam Shapiro and bassist Jon O’Connell, who as “The Fiddle Case Band” can sometimes be found near Luka Bloom and accordion or “box”-institute Dave Munnelly, who can present a palmares from here to very deep in Ireland.
On the Dutch side, Lasses mandolinist – and recently also – singer and producer Janos Koolen, a man of whom we here at Heyvaert’s house know for a moment that he has a great set of ears and that he likes to make them available to music he really believes in.
So ten songs of their own, Irish of inspiration rather than form and certainly not the classical Irish pub song to which – for many – Irish music is limited and with which there is absolutely nothing wrong, but Irish are also by nature, storytellers and the duo has taken that in great numbers. I am thinking of names like Luka Bloom or his brother Christy Moore, but also a Mary Black or Amy MacDonald. Now, what I wrote above about classical pub music I have to nuance: “The Whiskey War” and “Too Slow” are as Irish as Guinness, although the first one is about a war between Danes and Canadians and it is a textbook example of a melody, which on the Green Island makes bright crowds of adolescents dance.
The more serious work deals with a well-known terrible disease in “Mr Alzheimer’s”, with the splendour of nature in “Close” and in the super-soft and beautiful “An Ísiltir”, the horrors of war in “Day of Days”. All in all, that produces a very beautiful, honest picture of a bunch of people who are proud of the legacy they carry with them, but at the same time are looking for a voice of their own to translate that legacy into something new. Little by little they seem to be succeeding and, as soon as I will have heard their debut record, I will start looking forward to their third record, because something tells me that this duo has the potential to surprise everyone one day with a masterful record. They’re not there yet, but there’s quite close…
Review by Dani Heyvaert for Rootstime.be