Anne-Marie Sanderson | Navigating by Stars

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Navigating by Stars

by Anne-Marie Sanderson

A musical journal, chronicling a year spent living in the Swiss Alps. Folksy, heartfelt, nature inspired music.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. At The Next Stop
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2. One Of Those Days
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3. Mother
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4. For Alex
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5. Stop Stand Still
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6. Dry Leaves
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7. Day Dreaming
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8. Beachcombing
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9. You Know What
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10. Navigating By Stars
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11. Out Of The Darkness
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Album Notes
Anne-Marie Sanderson is a Cumbrian singer/songwriter, currently based in London. Music has always been a hefty chunk of her life, ever since she was smaller than her first cello. In 2007 she recorded her debut album ‘Navigating By Stars’, the result of her collaboration with Erin Stephens, founder of Soundhole Records.

‘Navigating by Stars’ is a collection of 11 songs… love songs, homesick songs, wandering songs, songs for the changing seasons… the album explores varied musical landscapes, from the lush instrumental textures of the title track and ‘One of those Days’, to the simple voice and guitar arrangement of ‘Dry Leaves’.

Anne-Marie is currently playing out & about on the London scene in support of her debut album and finishing songs for her next album, which the ‘Soundhole’ team will be recording this summer.

‘Navigating by Stars’ is available online from iTunes & CDbaby, as well as some other major (and some very obscure) online distributors. It’s also available in-store at Rough Trade East (off Brick Lane), and at all of Anne-Marie’s gigs… and probably if you bump into her in the street.

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Da Man

This Cd is great!

Camron Miller

Intricate beyond the artist's years
A first album cannot be an easy thing to create, especially for one so young as Anne-Marie Sanderson. The photographs on the disc’s case that accompany the wonderful cover art show a girl just starting out at life, yet the songs inside reveal a woman of experience, wisdom, and unusually deep perception.

Sanderson writes skilfully of universal human emotions, her concise and sweeping snapshots of the human condition somehow thrown into even sharper relief by the vivid imagery of nature that can only come from a true lover of the outdoors. Her perfectly balanced music and lyrics make the autumn leaves crunching underfoot seem almost tangible, yet without a doubt, it is the ragged nostalgia of “At The Next Stop”, haunting mixture of longing and memory of “Mother”, and raw empathy of “Alex”, quite disarming in its forceful purity, that allow the artist to truly shine.

There is something almost paradoxical in the sheer force of Sanderson’s emotional outpourings that seem to combine the naïve and absolute openness of true innocence with the experience behind the powerful memories and feelings she elaborates upon. Simultaneously maintaining a calculated balance between detachment and exuberant, passionate involvement, the tightrope between conflicting emotions, that she so successfully navigates, allows her to give such a clear and balanced view of the world around her that it almost takes ones breath away.

Certainly, in producing her first album, this singer has produced far more than could be expected – these are not the inept and inexperienced strummings of a mawkish schoolgirl, but a work of art: insightful, soulful, and beautiful.

I make no secret of my own deep personal admiration for Sanderson, but, all prejudice aside, this first effort left me without any doubt whatsoever of her great talent and scope.

I exhort others to enjoy this album as much as I have, and look forward eagerly to future offerings – one can only speculate as to what wonders the effect of further experience will have upon this promising young artist.



Patrick Ireland

This is one of the best debut albums I have heard in a long time. Ms. Sanderson's voice is simply ethereal and her songs are mesmerizing in their simplistic beauty, evocative of a young Joni Mitchell. I definitely recommend keeping eyes and ears out for this young artist and her music.