Jolene is such a stunning piece of music – the lyric is incredible and really draws me into the atmosphere of the song. It makes me feel like I’m singing about myself.’ Siv Jakobsen recorded a stunning session in Amsterdam earlier this year.

A couple of weeks ago, The Norwegian songwriter Siv Jakobsen released her new album The Nordic Mellow. The album contains songs that match the extraordinary quality of her voice more than ever before.

I was lucky enough to get a second introduction to Jakobsen when I saw her support Bear’s Den in Utrecht last year. We had been in touch a couple of years ago, but schedules didn’t match up. Some things are worth waiting for though, so when we met in Amsterdam earlier this year, we filmed these two songs. Not only did she manage to subtly make Dolly Parton’s Jolene her own, she also played Like I Used To, off The Nordic Mellow.

Jakobsen is heading out on tour as we speak. Watch her tour dates here.



Jolene (Dolly Parton)

Like I Used To



All photos by Matthijs van der Ven.

Siv Jakobsen




Jolene (Dolly Parton)
Spotify | iTunes | Youtube

Like I Used To
Spotify | iTunes | Youtube



Apple Music | Spotify


Excelsior Recordings office, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Excelsior Recordings
Belmont Bookings
Fraser Urie

Filmed, edited and graded by Matthijs van der Ven
Audio recorded and mixed by Matthijs van der Ven.