ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF
The singer / pianist Anna von Hausswolff hails from Sweden, the land of midnight sun, black metal and Ingmar Bergman. Her album Ceremony is primarily inspired by the death of her grandfather three years ago, and is informed by Anna's childhood, when she and her sister sang in choirs and spent so much time around their father, the renowned avant-garde artist and composer Carl Michael von Hausswolff, as he worked with artists ranging from William S. Burroughs to Union Carbide Productions. To record this tribute to her grandfather, Anna, a unique and powerful singer, accompanies herself on that most sacred of instruments, the church organ. The result is a striking and deeply felt work that combines intimacy and majestic grandeur. Other Music Recording Co. (distributed by Fat Possum) released Ceremony in North America on July 9, following a U.K. / E.U. release by City Slang on June 17.
"When you put on Anna Von Hausswolf's second album, Ceremony, everything around you changes — that's its first surprise. That ability to be instantly distinct is the mark of any great record; it's a vibe, and here that vibe is dramatic and stark and, as Ceremony progresses, surprising.
Last summer in Von Hausswolf's home country of Sweden, Ceremony got a lot of love — it was nominated for a two Swedish Grammys and a Nordic Music Prize nomination (Sweden's album of the year award). With its July 9 release date, we're only now getting to hear its enchanting sound in the U.S.
A large part of Ceremony's charm — beyond the thoughtful songwriting — lies in the presence of a pipe organ, an unusual sound in popular music. Von Hausswolf used the one at a church in Gothenburg where she recorded Ceremony, and it's that organ drone which also connects the singer with her love of noise and black metal music." --NPR
Noveller is the solo project of Brooklyn-based guitarist and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. Handling the electric guitar as her muse, Lipstate summons a sonic palette so rich as to challenge the listener to conceive of how it's housed in a single instrument manipulated by a solitary performer.
She released her first two full-length albums on Brooklyn noise label No Fun Productions in 2009. Noveller's latest full-length, 'Desert Fires', came out via Lipstate's own imprint, Saffron Recordings, in July of 2010. Saffron Recordings also released a split LP between Noveller and unFact (David Wm. Sims of the Jesus Lizard) and the follow-up to Desert Fires.
"Simultaneously soothing and mind-wrecking noise, along with a compositional depth that most loud-for-the-hell-of-it guitar droners never reach.” –-NY Press