SONGBROKER WELCOMES CAROLYN STILWELL
A New Zealander of French, English and Irish descent, Carolyn Stilwell acknowledges the influence of all those strands of her identity, which come together to produce songs and melodies that are uniquely New Zealand but also draw on Celtic traditions.
Though Carolyn has written her own material from her late teens most of this remained unheard until she was 30 and living in London. There she fronted the '90s Celtic band Loose Goose and released two albums, which were taken up by a major distributor after seeing her perform at Glastonbury.
Her 2007 release 'Land of Clouds' is an album of haunting vocal melodies and synthesized music, with elements of folklore, poetry and Celtic influences delicately woven through it. Carolyn uses her voice as an instrument, layering tracks with her own backing vocals, using both high ethereal notes and rich deep harmonies over the melody lines.
Listen to 'Land of Clouds' here.