by Ilsha

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Dive 03:11
Mountains 05:37
Dear Tree 04:34
Black Hands 06:17


TR044 - Tiny Room Records 2021

For the debut of her band Ilsha, songwriter Ilse Hamelink wrote five songs that manage to be both personal and exuberant. Each song is a snapshot of a particular moment in time, capturing the feelings and thoughts of that precise moment in sound. This is also how Ilse lives her life: open to all emotions, while remaining an open book about her doubts and fears. Dive is by no means an ‘easy album’, but the raw, naked core of the songs has been made more bearable by the colorful arrangements added by the band. These layers make listening to the record an enlightening experience instead of a painful one.

Dive has become an experimental folk album in which you can wonder around. The repetitive vocal lines are soothing and enthralling at the same time. While wallowing in melancholy, at times you may find yourself being levitated above the ground. There is a constant light in the darkness of this record, and Ilse’s heavenly voice guides you towards it. The beautiful simplicity of the songs is rooted in nature, where you can be at peace with who you are: barefoot in the grass, immortalizing these special moments in songs, the sorcery of good art. The record’s tension, dynamics, sad emptiness and lush arrangements will muster feelings, and these feelings will simply be welcome. Dive is a record to comfort those who are sad and weeping.

OOR: “beautiful debut”
De Subjectivisten: “intense mini soundtracks full of contemplative splendor"
Here Comes The Flood: “a memorable trip through emotions by way of intricate multi-layered compositions that sparkle and shine”
WoNo Magazine: “Dive is an album with an extremely pleasant, dreamy quality”
Muziscene: “a folk album with silky soft music on which it is easy to dream away”
Muzikale Ontdekkingen: “almost the most beautiful album of all time”
Keys and Chords: “A soothing (esoteric) debut that can have a healing and purifying effect. Very enjoyable!”
Krenten uit de Pop: “Ilsha impresses on its debut (mini) album with beautiful sounds and vocals, and with songs that always manage to surprise and enchant you.”


released October 29, 2021

Music and lyrics by Ilse Hamelink
Produced by Floyd Atema & Ilse Hamelink
Mixed by Floyd Atema
Mastered by Tammo Kersbergen
Recorded at Katzwijm Studio (Voorhout) and home (Rotterdam)
Artwork: Scott Savage

Ilse Hamelink: vocals, guitar and other instruments
Floyd Atema: drums, piano, guitar
Gerrit van der Scheer: piano, guitar
Aino Vehmasto: backing vocals
Anna Berkhof: backing vocals


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