£20.99 – LP
Anna Von Hausswolff’s fourth album, ‘Dead Magic’, confirms her formidable reputation as the creator of a singular world, equal parts black magic and beauty. Its five solemn but never less than thrilling tracks extend over 47 uncompromising minutes full of heightened qualities, among them tension, grace and sorcery. With the stately sound of Copenhagen’s Marmorkirken church organ as its centrepiece, Dead Magic calls upon an unlikely array of influences and inspirations – including Yma Sumac, Sunn O))), Gyorgi Ligeti, Swans and Nils Frahm – for Von Hausswolf’s most intense collection to date.
The Gothenburg-based artist keeps her introduction to the record enigmatic as ever, stating simply:
This is 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.”
A1. The Truth, The Glow, The Fall (12:08)
A2. The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra (06:09)
A4. The Marble Eye (5:19)
B1. Ugly And Vengeful (16:17)
B2. Källans återuppståndelse (07:26)