Set on the desolate west coast of Denmark during the tourist off-season, Stina, a burgeoning writer, decamps to her mother’s summer house for the winter to write a book, her trip overlaps for one day (and one steamy night) with a brawny fisherman named Ulv. While she struggles to gain traction with her novel, her fixation on the mysterious seafarer results in countless unsent letters, the contents of which chronicle the spiraling psyche of lust and longing. Yet this slightly forlorn, fragrant epistle contains many complexities. Don’t be distracted by a sizeable impression of ambergris, for this universal scent is for those with discriminating, refined tastes.
Danish Spruce casts a glimmering veil of dark-light complexity across this composition, like the colorful translucence of the oceans surface. On shore, eucalyptus has never smelled so bittersweet, an aromatic that’s as profoundly meditative as it is joyously enlivening. A quieter breeze of vetiver sweeps through all this turquoise and lightens this moody palate with a touch of grassy spice. Calone, as musky as it is succulent and aqueous, adds a playful, soft crunch, reminiscent of melon. Ambergris is a salty, rich indulgence, a treasure of the deep washed ashore. Baltic sea mist is a final touch of dew that seals and magnifies all the pulsing intensity and soft, winsome subtleties of seaside refreshment. As satisfying as it is imaginative and evocative, Every Storm A Serenade is a fragrant reminder of ‘whatever the weather, whenever the weather’ we’ll best weather any storm in the company of another. Every Storm a Serenade is a meditative masterwork that will lull you with its well-designed sentences and intimate tone.
“I patter on the typewriter all day but the letters on the page are like raindrops on a window. I fear I may be losing my mind.”