Got 10 minutes free to listening to the new song from organ-playing, caterwauling Swede Anna Von Hausswolff.?
– ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM ‘THE MIRACULOUS’
– OUT ON 2LP, CD & DIGITAL ON FRI NOVEMBER 13
– HEAR 10 MIN OPUS ‘COME WANDER WITH ME/DELIVERANCE’
– SHOW AT ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL THIS FRIDAY
Pictured: The Miraculous album artwork
With a show at the Royal Festival Hall this Friday August 21st as part of Meltdown, Anna von Hausswolff today announces the follow up to 2012’s highly acclaimed organ-led “funeral pop” album ‘Ceremony’. Entitled ‘The Miraculous’, her new record is set for release on Friday 13th November, 2015 via City Slang.
To give a taste of the new album, Anna has shared a colossal new track; ready yourself for 10 minutes of doomscapes, ethereal darkness and monumental drama in the fearless ‘Come Wander With Me/Deliverance’, a cover of a song by Jeff Alexander & Anthony Wilson which ended up with a whole new song built onto it as it developed during live performances.
Anna explains: ‘Come Wander with Me’ was presented to me by a friend and it became one of my favorite songs. I decided to make a cover of it. The lyrics and the feeling of the song seduced me into this mystical yet romantic landscape. It deals with the idealisation of a world that you yearn to know, and the fear and frustration that one might never be able to fully exploit that place due to physical and emotional limitations. It’s about longing and dreaming, while facing the reality of obligations and doubt.”
“Every time we played it, it grew bigger and bigger and another song started to take shape. That song became “Deliverance.”
This now 10-minute-long medley establishes a tone and has become a sonic entrance to The Miraculous.
Come Wander With Me/Deliverance:
When Swedish singer/musician Anna von Hausswolff was young, her parents used to tell her stories about a place the family loved to visit. The location is steeped in a complicated history: a home, for example, to Sweden’s traditional folk music, it’s an area of outstanding natural beauty, but once provided the backdrop for a momentous uprising against the country’s king during which thousands of peasants were slaughtered, leaving its landscapes bathed in blood. It became, to her, a place of mystery, magic and terror, and, though she won’t say where it is, she still returns repeatedly, if sometimes only in her imagination. She calls the place Miraculous.
Much of the music on The Miraculous draws from these stories and images while making heavy use of the Acusticum Pipe Organ in Piteå, Northern Sweden, whose colossal sound – with nine thousand pipes, it’s one of the biggest of its kind in the country – swells heroically throughout the album. Inaugurated in 2012, and designed by Gerard Woehl, it lends the record a unique edge, enabling moments of true drama and supplying the brooding drones and dreamy soundscapes that provide the album’s foundations.
This magnificent instrument’s unusual features – built-in glockenspiel, vibraphone, celeste and percussion, as well as what von Hausswolff describes as “a screaming bird sound” produced by “pipes half covered in water” also further broadened the record’s aesthetic. In total, five days were spent recording the majority of the album’s substance live with it and her band, Ulrik Ording (drums), Joel Fabiansson (guitar), Karl Vento (guitar) and Filip Leyman (synthesiser), also the record’s producer). Afterwards, they decamped to Gothenburg for a further month’s work, before mixing it Filip’s studio.
Anna von Hausswolff has spent the majority of time since the release of her last album “CEREMONY” touring the world and playing special shows in very special settings such as the Lincoln Cathedral, in England’s East Midlands or the Town Hall during the Sydney Festival as well as headline tours, including China, and opening for bands such as Efterklang. She also recently lent vocals to the Royal Swedish Opera House’s ballet of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as their sole vocalist.
The Miraculous will be released on City Slang in Europe except Scandinavia, where it will be released through Anna’s own label, Pomperipossa Records. Other Music will release it in North America. Pre-order link for all territories: http://smarturl.it/avhmdpo
**Anna plays The Royal Festival Hall at Southbank this Friday August 21st as part of David Byrne’s Meltdown.**
The Miraculous tracklist:
2. The hope only of empty men
4. Come wander with me / Deliverance
5. En ensam vandrare
6. An Oath
8. The Miraculous
Praise for ‘Ceremony’:
“An astonishing sounding record… Ceremony is neither dour nor morose, as von Hausswolff’s soaring vocal fills its drone-inspired song structures with light and hope.” – The Quietus
“It casts a murky, intoxicating spell” – **** Metro
“Sweden’s bad vibe queen… Her soaring, passionate voice the wail of a spectre” – **** MOJO
“Extraordinary” – The Sunday Times
“Appealingly gigantic.” – 7/10, Uncut
“The majority of Ceremony’s tracks have something remarkable about them, but that would be a list too long to contemplate beginning.” – Drowned in Sound
“It’s clear that an original voice is announcing itself.” – Pitchfork
A stunning piece of work, which – with the time and attention it deserves – proves to be a thoroughly rewarding listen.“ – 8/10, The Line Of Best Fit
“It’s deep and powerful, and your everyday singer-songwriter couldn’t construct such a record” – The 405
“Think church organ, wild voice and a Hammer horror atmosphere. And the result is brilliant.“ – The Scottish Herald
“Ceremony’s integral beauty makes its navigation an absolute delight” – **** The Skinny