a city.. any city with a world above and under ground, tracks and
trains, back and forth. A thousand footsteps .. or only yours, newspapers,
briefcases, headphones, cell phones… all minding their own
It's the underground world that served as inspiration for Subway
Silence, the debut album of Amsterdam based singer Giovanca Ostiana.
She observed passengers in the subways of Amsterdam, Paris, and
New York. What did she see? That every station brings a new atmosphere,
every minute a new emotion, that everything changes constantly,
even our perception of ourselves.
For years Giovanca
has been known as the radiant background singer who did live and
studio work for (inter)national artists such as Relax, Wouter Hamel,
Typhoon, Tribute2BobMarley, Corey, Izaline Calister, Jhelisa Anderson,
Terry Callier, Leon Ware and Benny Sings. The musical click with
Benny Sings and the DOX record label made her decide to take a step
forward and present her own work.
From the twelve
songs on her debut album slowly arises the appearance of a talented
young woman who is not easily defined. At times melancholic and
vulnerable, at other times independent and free. Feel-good music
with influences from pop, soul, jazz, Motown and hip hop. Giovanca:
I was born in the 70s and grew up with the warm sounds of Dionne
Warwick and Minnie Riperton, in the 80s supplemented with a solid
dose of pop, while in the 90s I completely lost my heart to hip
hop. This creates layers which cultivate personality and at the
same time establish a certain sound. Old sounds such as tubular
bells and the clavinet seem to blend effortlessly with the new beats
and samples of producer Benny Sings. This fresh sound, produced
by 'Suèr, Sings & Tippet' of the Dox' Family, adequately
reflects Giovanca's personality.
The end result
is an extraordinary and diversified record with international allure.
With Subway Silence Giovanca demonstrates that she will not be restricted
by genre specific regulations. Music is not like mathematics. it
just has to feel good and the same goes for the words that one uses.
Thinking of songs that touch me, emotion always is more important
than the literal message. "Soul" uniquely shimmers through
her light, dreamy voice that Giovanca uses to sing about life, loneliness,
love and above all: herself. Recognizable lyrics that were mostly
written while observing fellow passengers in the subway and being
fascinated by impermanence and diversity. No human is always the
same. We carry different persons with us everywhere.
And who is Giovanca? A voyeur in the subway, silence in the storm,
a beauty with a note block who contemplates the world around her.
In one song she places life above love, in the other she begs her
lover never to leave her. Contradictory? She prefers calling it
realistic. There is always more to what we see and even what we
hear. And somewhere in between is the realm in which Giovanca moves...