"A necromancy between lyrical indie folk and minimalist Americana."
Ljon from Cologne play "Little Dark Folk". The trio around singer-songwriter Nastja Sittig knows like few how to drive the soul through the ups and downs of a vortex of desert wind and swamp grass. Bassist Erik Werner and percussionist Matthes Traschütz form an earthy foundation for the captivating voice of the singer-songwriter. It's the myriad of colours woven throughout this musical tapestry. Occasional, yet subtle, shadows of (early) jazz, tribal / primal elements of teasing percussion, bass, acoustic guitar and of course - the alluring chanteuse herself. Sittig's stories take place between light and dark. They are rituals of transit and a new beginning, of reconciliation with pain and loss and, last but not least, odes to life.
songwriting/vocals/guitar: Nastja Sittig
bass/harmonica: Erik Werner
drums/percussion: Matthes Traschütz
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„idiosyncratic song stories“
„Unique and intriguing, atmospheric and introspectiv“
„Shaman of deep beauty and wounded souls“
„told Americana with country hints of sweat and tears“
„Ljons songs arise from a deep calm and know great clarity and simplicity“
(Frank Berzbach / author of "The art of living a creative life")
Text by Frank Berzbach
(author of "The art of living a creative life")
Life, love & suffering - but beauty remains indestructible. It saves the world, it turns tears into salty water, the water of life. Whoever cries is alive, they still feels, in spite of everything. Those who can still cry have escaped cynicism and bitterness, these most unwholesome attitudes towards life. LJON's music comes from some area that you have to have been to, it was a long time ago. A distant journey, a memory of a time when you often had to be sad, but also unrestrainedly happy. Exhausted after a long hike, you fell on the warm sandy soil of a lonely campsite in southern France, looking for yourself and drank local wine without a label - and there Nastja Sittig sat with a guitar and sang her songs. I think you can never forget that and listening to her music a purer past is invented in which you could experience it once. That doesn't make you sad. These sad songs make you happy. They arise from a deep calm, those tragic lyrics, but also from a great clarity and simplicity. It is worth living, nothing is in vain.
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Erik Werner (Ljon / bass guitarist / clown)
Matthes Traschütz (Ljon / drummer)