Six Short Stories
Reviewers on "Six Short Stories": Musicmaker: "Exciting enough to captivate constantly, and in addition accessible enough to appeal to a large audience. A golden combination with which Mary's little band could become very big." Revolver's Lust For Life: "A genuine addition to the Dutch popscene." Slagwerkkrant: "The combinational play between bassist Laurens Knoop and drummer Otto de Jong is truly immaculate." Oor: "Beautifully shaped and strongly arranged. An incredibly balanced debut that profiles Oldenburg as a talent of whom we will most likely be hearing a lot more." LiveXS: "With Marianne's beautiful, clear voice and clever songs we end up comparing her to the likes of Regina Spektor and Tori Amos." Biography: Big dreamers never sleep! Beholding the world around her, eyes focused, while constantly musing upon wordly impressions, Marianne Oldenburg is and always has been such a dreamer. Though she is still quite young, an innate intensity and empathy cause her to intensely reflect and focus her train of thought. During adolescence Mary found she had a knack for singing the songs of singer-songwriters only to find later on in life that this was just the start of something all-together new. During her years at the conservatory her musical ideas gradually outgrew the genre resulting in a musical collaboration with like-minded musicians Otto de Jong (drums), Tobias Kerkhoven (guitar) and Laurens Knoop (bass) in 2007. A never-ceasing urge to experiment, combined with a rarely-seen chemistry propelled the band forward, creating a distinct, exceptional style for Marianne's compositions, varying from deep romanticism to bone-chilling emotion. Obviously their sound struck a chord with the audience for soon they were asked to open for Silence is Sexy (Winner "Grote Prijs van Nederland") and Blaudzun (Singer/songwriter) in 2008. That same year MHALB was runner-up in the category pop/rock in the annual talent-scouting contest "De Oogst van Overijssel", earning Otto the award for best drummer in the contest. On top of that the band ended up as winner of the weekly final of NCRV's cabaret show 'Volgspot Open Podium' with the song 'Cerulean Sky'. In 2009 things really start rolling when world-famous performer Krista Detor (USA) hits Holland on her European tour and asks MHALB to be supporting act. Once again MHALB enters a talent-contest with fervour. This time the band reaches the finals of "De Grote Prijs van Nederland" and is rewarded with a grand performance in Paradiso, getting major exposure to a large audience. MHALB offers her audience an incredibly musical journey full of unexpected contrasts. Each song has a unique identity and explores the grand variety in human emotion. The first EP 'Six Short Stories' was released in March 2010 (recorded, mixed and mastered in Mailman Studio, produced by Martijn Groeneveld (A Balladeer, Solo, Face Tomorrow, Silence is Sexy)).