by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Anna Von Hausswolff at Glasslands in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Swedish singer/church organist Anna Von Hausswolff is following 2012’s Ceremony with a new album this year. Recorded on one of the largest pipe organs in Scandinavia (though not, presumably, the largest), it’s called The Miraculous and it comes out November 13 via Other Music.
There are three songs that have surfaced from The Miraculous so far, and each has something different to offer. “Evocation” is a noisy, industrially-tinged dirge, and “An Oath” is a triumphant, organ-driven marching song. But the standout is the epic “Come Wander With Me/Deliverance,” which covers an amazing amount of stylistic ground over the course of its 11 minutes. There’s the ethereal, haunting organ music that opens, but there’s also time for some doomy stomp, some post-rock stargazing, and a groovy, guitar-solo led climax. Von Hausswolff’s voice also covers a lot of ground, going from lilting to piercing as the song demands. The most obvious point of comparison here is Chelsea Wolfe, and if you’re a fan of hers you should give these tracks a spin. Listen below (“An Oath” is via Stereogum).
She has a European tour coming up, but first she’ll come to the US for a record release show in NYC at Saint Vitus on November 12, and Tickets are on sale now. Openers have yet to be announced.
All dates are listed, with the song streams, below…
Anna Von Hausswolff — 2015/2016 Tour Dates
Nov 12 Saint Vitus Brooklyn, NY
Dec 02 Kampnagel Hamburg, Germany
Dec 03 Gebäude 9 Koln, Germany
Dec 04 Dampfzentrale Berne, Switzerland
Dec 05 Beatpol Dresden, Germany
Dec 06 Sophiensäle Berlin, Germany
Dec 08 Oslo London, United Kingdom
Dec 11 New Forms The Hague, Netherlands
Dec 12 Vera Groningen, Netherlands
Dec 13 Le Petit bain Paris, France
Jan 21 Babel Malmö, Sweden
Jan 22 JazzHouse Copenhagen, Denmark
Feb 05 Kulturens Hus Luleå, Sweden
Apr 09 Gothenburg concert hall (w/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra) Gothenburg, Sweden