Title song of the album and the first song we recorded for Stormsterk. The Veluwe land of old was called this way: wild and grossly. The song became a blue print for following songs.
One of our darkest songs. The keynote is played on a bass guitar with a violin bow - I always liked the weird sounds that are coming with this kind of playing. Piano by Jasper who added a very appropriate arrangement, which reminds me a bit of the great Tenhi. Enjoy the twilight of this song and be happy with the first sun rays of the vernal now.
An old Veluwian tale about love sickness... Quite some weird things going on here, in particular musically speaking. As the story continues at one moment a homestead is set on fire by the protagonist; Jasper came up with the idea to sing the flames (I had a great time singing those parts, you can imagine). Another weird thing happens just after this part, where I pick up the bass guitar and play it with a violin bow.
The title is hard to translate into English. Literary it means 'the furthest distance'. In the Netherlands we used to say this instead of per example 'totally not'; we may say 'in the furthest distance not'. It is always used in a negative context, focussing on what is not.
For me those words appeared to me as a great song title; it's about horizons yet to be discovered, it's about the young man's desire...
Migrating birds came up in front of my mind's eye too. Therefore in the intro you hear migrating birds from one of my all time favorite films: Le Peuple migrateur.
Our most epic song until today, and the longest too. Inspired by the epic and ultra-Romantic novel by Adriaan van Oordt (1865 - † 1910); a truly bombastic tale about the old clash between heathens and christians. "Irmenlo" is an old village on our Veluwe, nowadays it's called Ermelo.
Another song with AmmA's Hanna van Gorcum. No golden lungs this time, but the violin instead. The music was very inspired by Angelo Branduardi; I grew up with his music. His album "La pulse d'acqua" is an all time favorite of mine. I suggested Jasper to listen to the arrangements on the opener "Ballo in Fa diesis minore", for those arrangements where the kind of which I thought of fitting this song. Jasper did a great job writing the arrangements for the violin.
"Het Verscholen Dorp" means something like "The Hidden Village". Between february '43 and october '44 this place was a shelter for people in hiding during WW II. Some years ago me and a friend used the village as a shelter too; but this was more an act of escapism, away from modern society romanticism.
This song is a traditional which I originally knew from a band called Folque - they entitled their adaption "Harpa". Since they sing in Norwegian I asked someone to translate it to English for me, who is a Swede for the gods' sake. In my turn I translated the lyrics to Dutch and this is what came out.
Much later, when we were featured on the MAERE compilation with both Stormsterk and Faelwa, I heard an English version from IN GOWAN RING who was featured on the sampler as well. It is called "Cruel Sister" and later on it happened that I added some nice vinyl from Pentacle to my collection, who named a whole album after this cruel sister.
The tune is so magical; one can't get bored of it. Here's to you: a MURDER BALLAD with a touch of deep MELANCHOLY...
Van Uil tot Haan - From Owl to Rooster; the time between nightfall and daybreak, a song about feasting and drinking the unchristian way Partly autobiographic, partly inspired by a Veluwian tale about a monk selling his soul to the darkest of goats.
The first song we recorded: Een Verse Sage - A Fresh Saga
The song tells a story about the meeting between the thunder god Thor and the 'Vale Ouwe' - the latter a personification of our beloved home area the Veluwe, meaning something like the 'pale old one'. With this song we were featured on the lovely MAERE compilation. Have a beer, start to dance and enjoy our Wood 'n' Roll, folks!
Benjamin König uploaded both the FAELWA and STORMSTERK logo on his website. They are like the old versions we created by respectively using a calligraphic 'S' by Gust van de Wall Perné and a photo of a heron by Joris Geertman. We searched for a good font to build a logo from it. After Benjamin König made our great ALVENRAD logo, we asked him to revise the logo's from STORMSTERK and FAELWA; they are more lively now and we're really satisfied with it.
Benjamin König also did th...e artwork for the MAERE compilation. I guess this great sampler is still available. Go to maere-music.com
Have a good time on his website to explore his other work. You'll find some enigmatic and trollish paintings, which will strengthen your imagination!
MK // Folkrocker
I'm working on a Dutch version of Otyg's "Vilievandring". Nice job to find the right words, without change the rhythm of the lyrics.
Otyg is a great inspiration to STORMSTERK.
Here is a link to listen to the original:...
Note: the cover that appears in the video is not from the associated album. "Vilievandring" comes from the album "Sagovindars Boning".
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Folkrocker is also the artistic profile of Mark Kwint & Jasper Strik. With their projects they give musical arguments to cultivate and protect both nature and spirit.