Liminality by MinruRelease date: July 8, 2022
Label: Morr Music
Minru is one Caroline Blomqvist, a Swedish artist based in Berlin. And since her debut album Liminality is being released by Morr Music, a Berlin label known for its constant excursions into all types of languid soundscapes, with or without vocals.
Those a bit more familiar with the output of the label will always be aware of two things – those expected and those unexpected, and with Minru’s Liminality, we do get both.
The expected element can loosely fall into the category of some lush, mostly quite folk-tinged set of soundscapes with some gentle vocals abound. Yet, there is also that unexpected element with Morr releases – and that is you never know in advance which musical direction the album will really go into.
Listening to Liminality, you get the impression that Blomqvist really understands the definition of that term – “the transitional period or phase of a rite of passage, during which the participant lacks social status or rank, remains anonymous, shows obedience and humility, and follows prescribed forms of conduct, dress, etc.”
As Blomqvist explains, “I read that (Swiss psychiatrist) Carl Jung used the word “Liminality” to describe the psychological process of transitioning. I instantly felt seen; it reflected my own experience and the feelings I carried whilst making the album – a sense of the old certainties being gone, but the new not being quite there yet,” she says.
She concentrates not only on the notes themselves, but the spaces between them, creating jazzy, sometimes orchestral spectral pop anywhere on the scale between Big Thief and Sigur Rós, with some exceptional results. If this is just her debut, what can we expect from her later on?