Anna von Hausswolff is preparing for a very busy end to 2015.
The Swedish singer releases her new album, ‘The Miraculous’, on 13 November before heading out on a European tour that includes a stop at Oslo in London on 8 December 2015.
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‘The Miraculous’, now available for pre-order, draws from the stories von Hausswolff’s parents told her as a child about a place the family loved to visit. An area of natural beauty, it’s a home to Sweden’s traditional folk music, but also the location where, centuries ago, thousands of peasants were slaughtered during an uprising against the king. Although she refuses to reveal its location, she’s given this place of “mystery, magic and terror” the name “Miraculous” and often returns to it — if sometimes only in her mind.
The second major influence on ‘The Miraculous’ is the Acusticum pipe organ in Piteå, Northern Sweden. One of the largest of its kind in the country, the instrument features 9000 pipes, built-in glockenspiel, vibraphone, celeste, as well as percussion, and is capable of producing what von Hausswolff describes as “a screaming bird sound”.
The singer-songwriter spent five days using it to record the album’s dreamy soundscapes and brooding drones live with her band: drummer Ulrik Ording, guitarists Joel Fabiansson and Karl Vento, and producer Filip Leyman on synthesiser. Recording was completed during a month spent in Gothenburg.
The first public taste of the album came in August, with a Royal Festival Hall performance of the 10-minute epic ‘Come Wander With Me/Deliverance’, featuring the venue’s legendary pipe organ.
‘Evocation’ — featuring a video directed by the singer’s sister, Maria von Hausswolff — provides a second glimpse of the successor to ‘Ceremonytouring’.
“Evocation is a poetic journey into a memory,” explains Anna von Hausswolff. “It’s about trying to understand a place better by remembering its history. It’s about the terror, fascination and beauty that comes with the recollection of the past.”