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The gloomy Swede, starved for sunlight, is a cliché, she insisted. It takes resolve not to mention that the cover photograph for Ms. Ternheim's American debut, "Halfway to Five Points" (Decca), features the singer-songwriter with her head bowed, standing beneath a sky of blackening clouds. But we've only just met.

"Some part of it is true, of course," she said. "I don't know why, but all Swedish folk music has that melancholy to it. Also, there's a lot of melody to Swedish pop music while not as much rhythm. There's definitely a color to the Nordic music. We don't surprise people. It's like, I'm the Swedish singer-songwriter girl from Sweden in the north, singing sad melancholic songs!" [NY Sun]

Like her tour-mates Lykke Li and El Perro Del Mar, Anna Ternheim is from Sweden, but she recently moved to NYC. Last night the aforementioned tour hit Bowery Ballroom in Anna's new hometown (May 8, 2008). More pictures of Anna playing that show below....

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Comments (9)

I heard she wasn't at her best last night, but i caught her at Joe's Pub the night before and i thought she was great.

Posted by ROCK STARchitect | May 9, 2008 10:36 AM

i saw her at joe's pub as well, and she was decent - her music was a little bland yet still beautiful. but lykke li definitely blew her and el perro del mar away...that girl knows what she's doing and she's bound to make it huge.

did el perro del mar not smile once last night as well? at joe's i just wanted her to take a breather and relax a little bit!

Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2008 11:18 AM

I thought her show at Bowery was actually better than the Joe Pub gig, but maybe because she played her cover of China Girl - which I love. The interesting thing about the tour is that of the three artists, Anna by far has the biggest audience in Sweden filling large arenas, etc. Here she's opening up. Does a great job with starting out the night. The entire tour is definitely worth checking out. Great evening of music.

Posted by unanave | May 9, 2008 11:46 AM

Cool pics. So excited to see Anna play next week, can't wait!

Can you tell me what songs she played at either of the NYC shows? Be curious to know what her setlist looks like and what I can pry into playing via requests?

Love this girl's music...

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2008 12:08 PM

i think i'm missing one or two but these are the ones she's performed so far...

- You Mean Nothing to Me Anymore
- Nights in Goodville
- Summer Rain (a new song from her new album that she's working on)
- The Ones to Blame
- Girl Laying Down
- China Girl
- Little Lies
- Lovers Dream
- To Be Gone

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2008 12:27 PM

The crowd last night was one of the worst I have experienced recently. People chatted loudly through all three sets and most didn't seem to realize there was a double headliner. Despite half of them leaving after Lykke Li, many of the ones who stayed behind continued their conversations in the main room when El Perro Del Mar came on. If you don't want to watch the show then why not move to the bar downstairs? It's understandable that not everybody is a fan or that some people only know one song but for god's sake where are your manners?

Posted by phuzzy | May 9, 2008 12:49 PM

Again i wasn't at this show but i did hear people were talking non stop through the entire show.

Posted by ROCK STARchitect | May 9, 2008 5:11 PM

She left Sweden for New York City? Fool.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2008 11:37 PM

Ternheim tore it up in Boston, playing to a reserved crowd. Check out the Mel.opho.be review: http://xrl.us/bki7s

Posted by bostonfan | May 14, 2008 1:16 PM

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