Rosemary & Garlic - Midlands
posted 13 Feb 2023 by Krister Axel
Delivers as promised on a 'lush and lilting' style of indie folk.

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Rosemary & Garlic is the solo project for Dutch songwriter Anne van den Hoogen, which was originally a folk and pop collaboration that she began with Dolf Smolenaers in 2014. With Dolf now involved as co-producer, van den Hoogen is swiftly coming into her own as a musical and emotional storyteller—using the piano, the acoustic drums, and her soft vocal presence as primary messengers in a lofty, enchanted conversation that also features cello, acoustic guitar, and other electronic embellishments.

I am not typically a fan of long intros but Anne's immense talent cares not for convention, and her confident, airy notes eventually arrive—like a wizard from Tolkien's Middle Earth—perfectly on time and precisely as intended. With lyrical and artistic references that range from Virginia Woolf to Lydia Luce, Rosemary & Garlic delivers as promised on a 'lush and lilting' style of indie folk. Her sound is enigmatically both casual and elegant; unforced, yet potent. We look forward to hearing more from this one-of-a-kind artist who is not afraid to print a fresh page in the book of folk idiom.

I wrote this song during one of my walks by the river near my house. The song is about reaching a place in your life where you feel secure and loved. A song about finding a home. — Anne van den Hoogen

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Photo credit: Gema Pérez

About the Author


Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.

Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist