Sally Seltmann Performs Enya’s ‘Amarantine’ Live from Happy

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In part two of the Sally Seltmann Live from Happy session, the indie icon took on a completely different persona. Far from the brooding introspection of Bon Iver, the soothing, expansive tones of Enya lie in a different part of the emotional spectrum. Seltmann explored this terrain in her version of Amarantine.

In a tender homage to soaring melodies and luscious harmonies of the original, Seltmann’s emotive voice was once again framed by Jack Colwell‘s bed of interwoven strings.

Infused with new energy, the synthetic layers of this Enya classic were cast in a more intimate light.

Amarantine was Mixed and Recorded by Radi Safi, Dan Shaw and Owen Penglis 

Amarantine is a transfixing song, with a simple message. Here’s what Seltmann had to say about the piece before the performance:

“I’m a big Enya fan. I love all the layers and arrangements of synths in her music and her melodies. It’s a song about love and how that means so much to everyone in lots of different ways. It’s going to be really special.”

Check out the performance below:

Live from Happy is made possible with the help of our tech partner Sennheiser. Here’s a list of the microphones, headphones, and in-ear monitors that were used to capture this incredible performance:

Live from Happy Gear List

Usually a microphone you’d find on movie sets or outdoors, the MKH 8060 was perfect for capturing the lead vocal from a distance while maintaining maximum clarity.

MKH 8060

SENNHEISER MKH 8060 


A detailed and versatile small-diaphragm condenser, the Sennheiser MKH 40-P48 ideal for reproducing the vitality of acoustic string instruments. In this case, two were used to capture the violin and viola. 

Sennheiser MKH 40-P48

SENNHEISER MKH 40-P48 


In the same family of microphones as the MKH 40-P48, the MKH 50-P48 has the same richness, while rejecting off-axis sound with precision. Perfect for capturing the tone of the cello.

MKH50 P48

SENNHEISER MKH 50-P48 


The tiny, yet powerful Sennheiser MKH 8050 was used to record the stereo spread of the piano. Detailed, yet capable of reproducing all the piano’s bottom-end power.

mkh 8050

SENNHEISER MKH 8050


The quiet achiever of the session, the IE 100 PRO was used for Sally Seltmann’s monitoring. A discreet, yet powerful foldback solution for vocalists.

Sennheiser IE 100 pro

SENNHEISER IE 100 PRO


A session is only as good as its monitoring, but the HD 300 PRO made it easy. With an exceptionally flat frequency response and superb isolation, the Live from Happy engineers could be completely confident in their recording and mixing decisions.

Sennheiser HD 300 PRO

SENNHEISER HD 300 PRO