Sweden’s ever-flowing fountain of great music brings us Ane Brun, originally from Norway but based in Stockholm. Her latest album, It All Starts With One, was released on May 1.
I haven’t listened to the full album yet but plan to after this post is written. Of course I came to hear of her via KCRW, the absolute best radio station in the country and one of the best in the world for new music.
You can listen to her in-studio performance on KCRW here. One of the best I’ve heard in a while. She talks about her collaboration with Peter Gabriel, who saw a show of hers and asked her to collaborate. Toward the end, she does a cover of an Arcade Fire song that’s beautiful.
One track that’s called out during Jason Bentley‘s interview with Ane is the stunning “Worship”, which is sung with another Swedish artist, José González. The video for “Worship” is directed by Ane’s long-time collaborator Magnus Renfors. The video is definitely odd but captivating. It’s the second chapter of a short film based on the music from her album. Here’s what Magnus has to saw about his direction of the video:
“Ane’s music is like a great ocean housed under the roof of a great old theater, where pictures are hung from the threads of the music shooting out, so it really does the job itself. That said, the images require a certain height at a substantively dramatic level, otherwise the music, sometimes so sublime and skin tingling, can rush over the head of the visual aspects. Ane and I have done stuff together since 2003 and already on the last album we talked about doing something bigger, more coherent, and this time it was really the one. ”
“ONE”, as the film is called, is a poetic tapestry incorporating various threads interwoven on several levels, integrating and complimenting Ane’s delicately composed branches between hope, rage and grief.
A heavy period of post-production is now rolling with the other chapters before the film is fully released in the fall.
The film is produced by Hobby Film Stockholm in cooperation with, among others, Riviera Post Production and Ljud & Bildmedia, with the theatre giant Ivar Wiklander appearing as the main character.
Ane also collaborates with Swedish artist First Aid Kit on the track “Do You Remember?”. You can here this track and the complete album on Spotify.