Posts Tagged ‘The Miraculous’

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“Sweden’s bad vibes queen” and who, as a musician, is capable of creating compositions so vast and amazingly immersive that they swallow you whole – organ-led drone pieces that are like stepping into a dense moorland fog, only to be met with a soaring, surrounding vocal that somehow feels as enormous as it does contained.

Whilst there is an overtly ‘dark’ tone to what Anna Von Hausswolff produces, often because of the naturally gloomy tone of the organ used – along with a propensity for using drone techniques to create funeral-like churns – it’s really only a surface level assumption (and largely inaccurate) to associate it with any inherent bleakness. You only have to look at ‘Mountains Crave’ from her 2013 album ‘Ceremony’ to see the sort of pop-tinged material she is capable of producing, or any number of moments on her latest record, which go from doom metal blasts to inspired, almost traditionally structured song craft. Her most recent album, ‘The Miraculous’, opens with a booming pipe organ, one that blasts like an angry foghorn, like a boat’s off-course warning signal as it sails towards an inevitable collision. The album, however, is not inspired by an impending sense of doom; it is more a sonic realisation of the power of nature, imagination and improvisation.

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This is the second single from Anna von Hausswolff´s The Miraculous. Out November 13th, 2015
Pre-Order “The Miraculous” Some seriously heavy vibes from Anna and her organ – pitched somewhere between drone and indie-noise-rock. Sounds intense, which it is, but also amazing. In the year I fell back in love with Spacemen 3, this was the perfect accompaniment.

The cover of Anna von Hausswolff’s forthcoming album The Miraculous features stunning black-and-white photography courtesy of the fantastic Anders Nydam, who ended up working outside of his comfort zone to create the visuals. With a love of Scandinavian Black/Death metal albums, and why he’d join Anna’s army in the event of an interstellar dogfight.


Swedish organist Anna Von Hausswolff released the gorgeously austere Ceremony a couple years back, and she’s prepping a new LP titled The Miraculous, which was recorded on a colossal pipe organ in Northern Sweden. Her forthcoming album’s first takeaway Come Wander With Me/Deliverance is a sprawling, 11 minute behemoth that sweeps between gothic ambience and dramatic, heavy metal. “An oath,” her latest single, is a fiery and vociferous 3-minute song that wastes no time to cast you into its flames. Beginning with a simple organ melody, it quickly takes off into a siren of brazen celebration. It’s a confident and carousing song, as if its marking an epic, historical event or leading an army into a storm. Hear the awe-inspiring track below.

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The Miraculous is out on November 13th; Anna von Hausswolff plays London’s Oslo on December 8th. Check out the video for Ny – which was directed by Anna’s sister Maria and shot by Anders Nydam.