Dutch musician No Ninja Am I (Sander van Munster) and photographer Sue le Chasseur (Suzanne de Jager) teamed up for a soft-spoken EP. Hold Still & Watch contains six songs, with a visual companion of girl staring at the listener from beneath the water.
Multi-instrumentalist Van Munster made a name for himself in the Dutch indie underground, mixing acoustic guitar and piano with electronic tidbits. Hold Still & Watch has his subdued vocals upfront, a poet singing about his dreams and nightmares. Although all the tracks are rather short, each of them tells a full story, even when he skips lyrics all together and settles for humming in Marigold. No Ninja Am I is the missing link between Barrett-era Pink Floyd and Nick Drake. Recommended if you like Jacco Gardner and I am Oak.
Hold Still & Watch is a self-released EP. Buy it from their website. The limited CD edition (120 copies) comes in a handmade cover with all six photos plus one enlarged 12"x 12 print (20 copies of each one).Tracks:
- Muddy Water
- When You Are Here
- Smash the Clock
- No Rain
An alternate take of No Rain, with Lotte van Diepen on vocals and Rens van den Boogaard on guitar, can be downloaded for free from Soundcloud