Finn Ronsdorf knows the canon, has mastered it skilfully and yet doesn’t worship it. When the singer utters things like »Everything about me is pieced together« in interviews, it’s only half the truth. Sure, Ronsdorf’s exuberant, melancholy piano ballads open up a wide frame of reference points, from Billie Holiday to chanson classics to Joni Mitchell, but they’re different, or more precisely, Ronsdorf is different. That’s because the ups and downs of his singing on releases like his debut EP »Odes,« released last summer, are contemporary: it’s not just about how the »you« relates to the ego but also how society as a whole relates to the individual, especially when it deviates from heteronormative ideas. No, this is not just piecing things together – it’s a confrontational conflict.