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danach TRASH´D - DJ Pauls

There are all sorts of reasons why people become musicians, with some simply fated to pursue the path. It’s not how they start out, however, rather than how they proceed that matters. LINNEA OLSSON is no exception, and this fact is reflected in the manner in which her debut solo album, AH!, unfolds. Stroking out low, mournful notes on her cello, layering them delicately upon one another before teasing out ‘Ocean’s’ melody on its higher strings, she sets a tone that predicts an album which might sit comfortably alongside the burgeoning post-classical / neo-classical movement. But to make such an assumption would be entirely wrong: LINNEA OLSSON rarely treads where one might expect.

AH! is a far cry from the work of such artists as Dustin O’Halloran, Johann Johannsson and their contemporaries, who have earned their reputation in recent years with their fusion of classical and modern influences. OLSSON’s work instead has more in common with Arthur Russell – partially thanks to its fundamental integration of a delay modeller and loop station in her compositions – but she prefers to think of herself as having more in common with Julia Kent (of Antony & The Johnsons) and Zoey Keating. So OLSSON may lure us into a false sense of tranquillity with the album’s beatific opening four minutes, yet it’s the title track immediately afterwards that is more indicative of what will follow: staccato notes echoing over an empty landscape in which distant forms seem slowly to transform into discernible substance, her husky voice tracing a playful, magical tune that celebrates a need to “dance” and “twirl” after time spent alone. It’s typical of an album that revels in unpredictability delivered with only the slightest of means, a debut that combines intimate, melancholic contemplation with unbridled, captivating delight. It’s all the more remarkable because – asides from the use of a darbuka (a Middle Eastern goblet drum) – the only instruments on show throughout these compelling forty minutes are LINNEA OLSSON’s voice and her beloved cello.

Jennie Abrahamson resides in Stockholm, Sweden, but is originally from further
up north, a tiny place called Sävar just outside of the coastal town of Umeå. A place known for breeding bands and artists in the line of "northern melancholy", Jennie only kept a slight tint of that moodiness in her richly coloured and playful pop tunes. Critics have called her a "younger, more accessible Kate Bush" or "the perfect threesome marriage of Glasser, Lykke Li and Robyn", but Jennies quirky yet straight-forward music is very much her own.

After a career in different bands (Heed released two albums on Swedish EMI) and as a multi musician with other artists, she decided to go solo in 2006. Since then, she has released three well praised solo albums and widened the release territory for every record. The firstling “Lights” was released in 2007, and reflected growing up and leaving friends, family and the vast expanses of snow to go south. Her sophomore album was written during an autumn’s hide away in New York. A big city love story with asian influences, “While the sun’s sti! up and the sky is bright” (2009) and it’s stick-like-glue- single “Late night show” got massive airplay not only in Sweden, but also in France and
Germany, making it on to the top list over most played records on the German college radio jahrecharts. Her latest album “The Sound of Your Beating Heart” was widely critically acclaimed at it’s release in the Nordic countries, and singles “Hard to come by” and “Wolf Hour” stirred up press- and blogloving and stayed on the radio playlists for a long time.


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