While the harp makes you fly with angelic wings on soft tunes, the cello grounds you to the reality and makes you dive deep into your own soul–what would be the combination of these two wonderful instruments? Well, the answer is something truly breathtakingly beautiful.
The new album by the mother-daughter duo of Trine and Josefine Opsahl, The Infinite Between Us, is perhaps the best start that you can wish for after having a worser-than-a-nightmare last year. Their music brings a true balm-ish solace that your being must be yearning for–slow, soothing, purposeful, and full of sonic beauty. I, for one, feel so blessed to land on this goldmine of soulful music!
Album Name: The Infinite Between Us
Artist (s) Name: Trine Opsahl & Josefine Opsahl
Total Time: 62:26
There are twelve songs on the album and every single one of them is a song of your soul. How beautifully they have captured the theme–the infinite between you and yourself is the whole game called life, and it is such kind of music that helps you cross over the chasm that false identification with worldly things create.
Opening like the sounds of Santoor, the harp brings in a fresh tune of “Lightly Dance Into the Morning”. Moving slowly, it invites you to let yourself sway with its soft melody, trying to gradually accept that a positive change is around the corner.
“Picking Flowers” is my favorite of the album. Every note has so much spiritual impact. Speechless is the only expression I have!
The cello takes center-stage in “The Journey and the Dream”, and you wonder is there any further depth that your heart can go. The whole piece allows you to reflect and ponder on things that have gone by and that are about to come.
When the cello came in “Clara’s Song”, it felt like you are hearing bagpipes…what effect Josefine has delivered through the stringed instrument!
What could be more relatable for anybody than a song titled “When the Sun Steps Out from the Shadow”, especially after enduring a year-full of darkness, panic, uncertainty, and chaos? Very soothing melody and lets you unwind so peacefully.
I am so much in love with the titles of the songs–“Close Your Eyes and Fall in Love” is a soft romance so effectively delivered by the harp before the cello joins the celebration. It truly needs a seasoned artist to bring out this effect.
“In a Grain of Sand” is very deep and creative–if you like to listen to music while doing something highly creative, this is the piece you would like to hear.
The melody of “Shaking the Yellow Leaves” feels very close to the heart as we are going towards the spring season, leaving behind the fallen leaves. The sounds are clear and there is stillness like the water of a lake, which would be troubled even if you breathe on its surface. Towards the end of the song, the duo creates a stirring effect as if someone is actually shaking a tree and leaves are falling down–very imaginative.
How poetic is it to name the song “The Nameless” because it welcomes the new, which is unknown with a heart full of hope and curiosity? The song opens like a childlike dream with innocence writ all over it.
When I heard the album, I did not want to write anything–my whole being wanted to preserve the feeling so intensely that it refused to let me convey what I felt. The album is so intimate that you feel ‘you are dancing with yourself‘. There’s is a strange kind of intoxication in the music–it is simple yet so emphatic. What an impact the duo has created!
I don’t remember having this feeling ever that I feel to keep it to myself after hearing music–it feels so precious that you just want to lose yourself in it and shut down the whole outer conversation. It is truly a gentle gift!