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For Trainspotters Only

by Ann Eysermans

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Le Départ 03:01
Little One 03:36
Snowing 03:42
Chorale 02:03


On her debut album Belgian based multi-instrumentalist Ann Eysermans explores the possibilities of the train as a music instrument: a deep quest into a fascinating and mesmerizing world, which started as a five year old kid, when she climbed on board of the train helm station during a trip from Antwerp to Ostend.

For the compositions ‘Prelude and Fuga For Four Diesel Locomotives And Harp’ Eysermans had the chance to capture the sounds of diesel locomotives (HD 51, 54, 55 and 60) of the
Belgian Train World Heritage collection.

Microscopic hissing vibrations of steaming engines slowly entwine and resonate with fragile harp playing, getting on track for an unconventional sonic rail journey.

A melancholic odyssey of sound in motion: Ann Eysermans let the
sparkling harp notes dissolve into the tones of pulsating train wheels.

On the B-side she bends her soft singing voice around deranged horn melodies in ‘Le Départ’, connects delayed organ harmonies in ‘De Vertraging’ with the dying frequencies of a
trembling and humming locomotive from the 60’s.

On the key track ‘For Trainspotters Only’ Ann Eysermans assembles a hauntingly piece of musique concrete with clanging chimes, broken music boxes, ghostly whispers and throbbing machine room sounds.

A lonely barking dog and the last train announcement on a desolate platform in ‘Chorale’ also mark the last part of this spellbinding record.

On ‘For Trainspotters Only’ Ann Eysermans takes you on an immersive and meandering ride, connecting the dots between the free spirit of Alice Coltrane, the orchestrated field
recording compositions of Chris Watson, Basil Kirchin soundtrack vibes and the magic realism of Claire Rousay.


released January 28, 2022

For Trainspotters Only by Ann Eysermans (Cortizona 013) is a co-production between Cortizona, ChampdAction and EUROPALIA, in collaboration with NMBS.

All music composed and performed by Ann Eysermans

Recorded by Istvan Leel-Össy, Serge Verstockt and Ann Eysermans

Mastered by Gert Van Hoof at Cochlea Mastering

Cut by Dubplates & Mastering

Lay out by Jef Cuypers

Photography by Philippe Cortens and Ann Eysermans

Distributed by N.E.W.S. Distribution


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Ann Eysermans Belgium

IMPROVISER on double bass, harp and viola da gamba.
Playing with Fenna, Fnussjen, ChampdAction.

COMPOSER: experimental music, graphic scores.

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