Download of the Week: Anna von Hausswolff

Blame Stephen, again. Swedish singer, organist, and composer Anna von Hausswolff has made some dark magic on her latest album Dead Magic.

I'll let Anna have the most words on Dead Magic:

“Dear listeners.
This is the first track from my new album, Dead Magic!

Me, my band and Randall Dunn spent 9 days in Copenhagen recording this record. The great pipe organ you’re hearing is a 20th century instrument located in Marmor Kirken, "The Marble Church", Copenhagen.

Here is a poem for you by the Swedish writer Walter Ljungquist (1900-1974):

”Take the fate of a human being, a thin pathetic line that contours and encircles an infinite and unknown silence. It is in this very silence, in an only imagined and unknown centre, that legends are born. Alas! That is why there are no legends in our time. Our time is a time deprived of silence and secrets; in their absence no legends can grow."

Please enjoy the music.
Yours sincerely,
Anna von Hausswolff"

Please enjoy the music. Easier done than said! Album opener, "The Truth, The Glow, The Fall" is worth the price of admission all by its lonesome with that Marble Church organ pumping out a dark oompah while Anna's vocals soar into the rafters. And if you listen, you'll soar with her (and watch out for track 2—it's madly dangerous).

Dead Magic is available from my favorite place to buy music online, Bandcamp.

Listen here:

Greyfossil's picture

Downloading as I write. Like....

MichaelDK's picture

This is an outstanding album from a very fascinating artist. I recently spent a minor fortune to travel to the final DM tour concert in Stockholm. It was a magic evening I'll not forget.

BK Audiophile's picture

An extraordinary album from beginning to end. Great recommendation!

BradleyP's picture

1. AvH has given her entire recording career to introspective and sometimes macabre music about death, and absolutely nothing else. Every single track. As such, she freaks my cheese. It ain't schtick. She got issues.
2. AvH is extraordinarily talented, with a knack for making huge music on a sweeping scale. What a voice! What an organ!
3. The track included in this post is just, um, dying to be picked up for a movie soundtrack. If the rest of her album is like this track, this may be the album that breaks her into the mainstream and out of the fringe.

Mark Dirac's picture

Many thanks for the introduction. Regarding your recommendation to buy from your "favorite place to buy music online, Bandcamp" - am I right in thinking that it's a lottery as to whether a hi-res FLAC is available or not? I have tried hard to find out the sample rate of the album I am buying, but specification of sample rate doesn't seem to be available at Bandcamp before checkout?

Michael Lavorgna's picture
...of downloads from Bandcamp are 16/44.1. As a matter of fact, the majority of digital music is 16/44 ;-)