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Anna von Hausswolff Releases Documentary and Adds More UK Tour Dates

Returning recently from astonishing crowds at Green Man and End of the Road festivals, Swedish organ-playing enchantress Anna von Hausswolff returns to the UK for a handful of headline shows next month with new Bristol and Lincoln dates added.

Anna von Hausswolff

Anna von Hausswolff

As well as shows at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen and Bristol, Anna will play a special performance at Lincoln Cathedral on October 19 without her usual backing band. For a taste of what to expect, take a look at her recent moving session for NPR.

She has also recently revealed the Making of Ceremony documentary video, documenting the process of creating a record that has and continues to astonish people across the world as they discover this most unassuming, profound and unique of talents.

You can catch Anna von Hausswolff live on the following dates:
Sept 28 Kiel DE – Alte Pumpe
Sept 30 Köln DE – Gebäude 9
Oct 01 Leipzig DE – Werk 2
Oct 02 Nürnberg DE – MUZ
Oct 03 Heidelberg DE – Enjoy Jazz
Oct 04 Basel CH – Parterre
Oct 05 Lyon FR – Le Sonic
Oct 06 Bern CH – Dampfzentrale
Oct 07 Freiburg DE – Cafe Atlantik
Oct 09 Wien AT – Arena
Oct 11 München DE – Feierwerk
Oct 12 Graz AT – Steirischer Herbst Festival
Oct 14 Paris FR – La Fleche D’or
Oct 15 London UK – Hoxton Bar
Oct 16 Bristol UK – Cube
Oct 19  Lincolnshire – Lincoln Cathedral (Solo Show)
Oct 30 Reykjavik IS – Airwaves Festival
Nov 01 Uppsala SE – Sacred Music Festival
Nov 02 Helsinki FI – Tavastia
*with Julia Kent

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Anna von Hausswolff Announces Plans for European Tour

Following the release of her album Ceremony, Swedish chanteuse Anna von Hausswolff has announced plans for a European tour and released a new live video.

After her existing festival dates, she will return to the UK for an October show at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen with further UK shows to be announced soon.

But before those dates are announced, Anna von Hausswolff has released a new live video to give her fans a taste of what to expect. You can watch her performing Funeral For My Future Children live below.

You can catch Anna von Huasswolff live on the following dates:

August 10 De – Haldern Haldern Pop Festival
August 18 Uk – Brecon Beacons Green Man Festival
August 25 Nl – Amsterdam (Nl) Grachten Festival*
August 31 Uk – Dorset  End Of The Road Festival

Sept 19 Fr – Lille La Peniche
Sept 20 Nl – Tilburg Incubate Festival
Sept 21 Be – Brussels Amerikaans Theater **
Sept 22 Nl – Rotterdam Rotown
Sept 23 Nl – Nijmegen Merleyn
Sept 24 De – Frankfurt Mousonturm Studio
Sept 26 De – Berlin Volksbuehne ***
Sept 27 De – Hamburg Reeperbahnfestival
Sept 28 De – Kiel Alte Pumpe
Sept 30 De – Koeln Gebaeude 9
Oct 1 De – Leipzig Werk 2
Oct 2 De – Nuernberg Muz
Oct 3 De – Heidelberg Enjoy Jazz
Oct 4 Ch – Basel Paterre
Oct 5 Fr – Lyon Le Sonic
Oct 6 Ch – Bern Dampfzentrale
Oct 7 De – Freiburg Cafe Atlantik
Oct 10 At – Wien Arena
Oct 11 De – Muenchen Feierwerk
Oct 12 At – Graz Steirischer Herbst
Oct 14 Fr – Paris La Fleche D´Or
Oct 15 Uk – London Hoxton Bar

* w/Nils Frahm
** w/Wire, Mum., Wolf Eyes
*** w/Julia Kent

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Anna von Hausswolff Ceremony – Album Review

Following a European tour with Efterklang and sell out show at Village Underground, the mysterious Swede (daughter of the controversial CM von Hausswolff) presents her first LP release outside of her home country. Anna von Hausswolff released her new album Ceremony just over a week ago and it’s now available to stream in full online here. It’s a record whose power lies within the naturally flowing yet unmistakable pristine and precise arrangements carried out by a mighty church organ.

Though she now lives in Copenhagen, she grew up in the once vibrant, bohemian neighbourhood of Haga in Gothenburg, Sweden, to a family who counted amongst their ancestors Bernhard Reynold von Hausswolff, an 18th Century governor of Falun, Sweden, who helped bring an end to the burning of witches. Her father, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, is a composer and visual artist who’s also co-monarch of the kingdoms of Elgaland-Vagaland, so it’s perhaps not surprising that she’s chosen to pursue a radical direction with her music.

Anna von Hausswolf said: “I didn’t just want Ceremony to be a collection of songs. I wanted it to be like a film with every single part connected to the other, with shifting moods and settings, but a thread holding all the tracks together. I listen to a lot of film scores and in many the music is able to move freely without the typical structures that we find in commercial music.”

Arguably Ceremony’s most significant ingredient is the church organ of Gothenburg’s vast Annedalkyrkan whose pipes are featured on the album’s striking cover. Employed on nine of the album’s thirteen tracks, it also provided von Hausswolff with the excuse to record for five days in the century old building, its cavernous space adding to the record’s formidable magnitude.

Anna Von Hausswolf

Anna Von Hausswolf

She found in the organ’s sound a link between her own writing and a developing obsession with ‘drone metal’, allowing her to add layers of thick textures to the songs. But – thanks to its inevitable associations with existence and mortality – the organ also suited the themes that lay at the heart of the record which von Hausswolff defines as: “…nature and death, or the division of humanity and nature. From the moment we exit the womb, we start our paths towards materialism and destructive behaviour and these days I feel that the gap between nature and human is growing bigger. I wanted to grasp my inner nature and be unified with nature again. Ceremony is a celebration of life and everything that it contains, especially death, because in death we will be truly one with nature again.”

Ceremony is an album that’s dark, haunting and mesmerising. It’s an atmospheric album with Kate Bush inspired vocals. Introductory track Epitaph of Theodor is a dramatic song filled with the haunting sound of the organ that helps to create an unnerving feeling in the listener. It’s a brilliant beginning track that sets the scene for the rest of the record.

Deathbed is the second track on Ceremony. Anna von Hausswolff has recently released the video for Deathbed which can be watched below. The suitably catatonic video, created by Anna von Hausswolff’s sister, accompanies the 9-minute track that is Deathbed which demands you hang on all the way to the end for a spectacular finish. Half way through Deathbed, Anna von Hausswolff’s awe inspiring high pitched vocals burst in after the theatrical, if long, introduction.

Red Sun is another favourite on the album. The beginning has a meditative sound to it while von Hausswolff’s vocals set in and create another atmospheric track. Her vocals are soft and enchanting to start with but towards the end of Red Sun, her passion breaks through introducing the beloved sound of those high pitched notes. Anna von Hausswolff really does have one of the most unique voices around.

However Ceremony isn’t just a bleak record which is something highlighted by the extraordinary Harmonica – one of the best and most uplifting tracks on the record. Von Hausswolff said: “It’s a song I wrote just after my grandfather passed away. It’s about how culture and traditions can travel from generation down to generation, and in this case from him to me by music. Just before he died, he gave me a harmonica and he told me to practise hard and only write about things that are relevant to me. His deathbed inspired me to make Ceremony.” Harmonica is a track which encompasses world influences including African rhythms and drums. Harmonica definitely has a supernatural feel to it. The beginning of Harmonica introduces a gentler side to von Hausswolff’s music. The track gently builds so all the different layers and sounds can be heard. To start with there are synth noises, hand clapping and von Hausswolff’s vocals then gradually the African drumming comes in alongside the other drums and guitar and you are left with a superb song. It’s a beautiful piece of work that exposes true emotion.

The last track that leaves an impression on you is Ocean. It begins with a piano playing a beautiful composition with strong classical influences. It’s the sort of music you expect to hear on a meditation CD. Again, it’s another song that shows how good a singer and composer Anna von Hausswolff is. The song title Ocean and the atmosphere created by the track does in fact make you feel relaxed and free as if sailing on the ocean. Not many songs can transport you to this sort of place but von Hausswolff definitely succeeds.

Ceremony is a wonderful album that is hard to place into a genre. There’s emotion, unbelievable compositions and a great atmosphere which will make you fall instantly in love with Anna von Hausswolff’s talent, if not her music. Ceremony is out now through City Slang.

See Anna von Hausswolff live:

August
10 Haldern DE – Haldern Pop Festival
18 Breacon Beacons UK – Green Man Festival
25 Amsterdam NL – Grachten Festival
31 Dorset UK – End Of The Road Festival
September
21 Brussels BE – Amerikaans Theater (+ Wire Mum & Wolf Eyes)
27 Hamburg DE – Reeperbahnfestival
October
03 Heidelberg DE – Enjoy Jazz Festival
04 Basel CH – Paterre
12 Graz AT – Steirischer Herbst Festival
30 Reykjavik IS – Airwaves Festival

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Anna von Hausswolf Announces Festival Sign Ups and Video for Mountains Crave

Anna von Hausswolf has announced she will perform at Green Man Festival and Iceland Airwaves with more festival sign ups to be confirmed soon.

Anna Von Hausswolf

Anna Von Hausswolf

Following this news, Anna von Hausswolf has also released the stunning video for Mountains Crave. The beautifully simple video for Mountains Crave, quite simply features this extraordinary young lady playing one of the more buoyant tracks from her forthcoming album Ceremony which is out on June 17 through City Slang. It has notched up 93,000 views without any of the attention-grabbing PR tactics that are so commonly used these days.

See Anna Von Hausswolff live on the following dates:
June 28 BIALYSTOK (PO) HALFWAY FESTIVAL

July 19 TONSBERG (NO) SLOTTSFJELL FESTIVAL

August 18 BREACON BEACONS (UK) GREEN MAN FESTIVAL

October 30 REYKJAVIK (IS) ICELAND AIRWAVES FESTIVAL

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