You could say: to live is to wait. But you could either say: to wait is to live. Wachter means ‘the one who waits’ or ‘the guardian’ and the album is an ode to the art of waiting. Not the passive kind of waiting you do for the bus, but waiting as a way of life, with nature as a model.
“In our western world we are used to control life continuously. We push and pull nature; crops must grow faster, must bear more fruit. It won’t take long until we order instead of forecast a rain shower. While: crops grow. Rain falls. Be patient, dare to let things arise, dare to let things mature. Wait.”
There’s always the urge for renewal. With this album Nynke searches more than ever for the music in the language itself. The opener is a seven minute long recited poem in which the sound of her mother tongue, the Frisian language, leads her to the words. The poem is an intense ode to the tawny owl, a model of patience and wakefulness, who knows to bundle his strength in the right moment before coming into action. A true ‘wachter’. In the songs a world unfolds in which Nynke sings about the search for unity. Unity of man and woman, of man and nature, of life and death.
She wrote and produced the album together with her husband Sytze Pruiksma and they recorded everything at home. The cello got a central role and Sebastiaan Koolhoven was asked to write the cello arrangements. Geneviève Verhage plays the cello and Sytze plays all other instruments on the album like piano, marimba, dulcimer and drums. He also did the programming of the beats. Sebastiaan Meijer mixed and Darcy Proper mastered. The artwork was done by Else Boekema. On the cover a stunning picture of a tawny owl made by Graham McGeorge. Just sitting and waiting. One with the environment.