Cleaned the Windows

by Geri van Essen

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TR048 - Tiny Room Records 2021

Cleaned the Windows is the second album by Londen based folk singer Geri van Essen. It’s the follow-up to her pre-war American moody folk blues and gospel album A New Hiding Place, which she self-released in 2018. The ten new songs are more soulful and have matured into an even deeper melancholy. Sonically, she broadened her horizons by working together with Tiny Room Records chief (and musician/producer) Stefan Breuer, who helped arrange the album by adding instruments and polish up the homerecorded sessions by Van Essen.

Trouw: “Geri van Essen has no ambition to reinvent folk, but she certainly knows how to add something to the long tradition.”
Festivalinfo: “The songs sound authentic, have an exciting structure and are also beautifully arranged. Timeless music.”
Krenten uit de Pop: “a special and contemporary sound that combines beautifully with all the echoes of the past”
Mpodia: “ten beautiful, elegant songs”
WoNo Magazine: “beautiful, warm, delicate yet forceful songs”
Hifi: “a unique talent”
3voor12: “a beautiful, honest album”
Keys and Chords: “Gentle and soft songs about loss, grief and strength of mind. Lovely album!”
Muziscene: “an album with ten moody songs, where Van Essen proves that small can also turn out big”
Subjectivisten: “the songs are all instant classics, that can be rooted in the 60s and 70s as well as in the present and the future”
The Next Gig: “an honest folk album, contemporary with a nod to the past”
Timpaan Muziek: “ideal for dreaming away in a melancholic mood at night”
Here Comes The Flood: “Cleaned the Windows is like a gentle summer breeze - highly enjoyable and reinvigorating”


released April 22, 2021

All songs written by Geri van Essen
Mixed by Stefan Breuer
Mastered by Floyd Atema
Front cover art by Theo Mouxigouli
Photography by Keren Lloyd
Design by Lizzie Kevan Curtis

Anneke Nieuwdorp keys track 10 | Elizabeth Clough violin track 4 | Gavin Taylor clarinet track 5 | James Gilder euphonium track 5 | Jim Moreton electric guitar track 3 | Keren Lloyd backing vocals track 6 | Rachel Finegan trumpet track 10 | Stefan Breuer electric guitar tracks 1, 2, 5 & 10, bass all tracks except 6, 7 & 8, keys all tracks except 7 & 8, percussion tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 & 10, drums tracks 1, 2, 5 & 10, backing vocals tracks 2, 6 & 10 | Geri van Essen vocals all tracks, Spanish guitar all tracks except track 5, percussion track 6, piano tracks 1, 2, 4, 8 & 10


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