ANE BRUN’S “WHEN I’M FREE” OUT NOW ON BALLOON RANGER RECORDS
PLAYS HOUSING WORKS “LIVE FROM HOME” SERIES TONIGHT
“best record yet…her most sonically ambitious…” —NPR Music “All Songs Considered”
Sweden-based Norwegian artist Ane Brun’s sixth studio album When I’m Free is out now on Balloon Ranger Records. To celebrate, Brun will play her only U.S. tour date this year tonight at New York’s Housing Works Bookstore Cafe as part of their “Live From Home” series.
NPR Music calls the new release “worldly, adventurous and gleeful.” They recently premiered Brun’s new video “You Lit My Fire” as part of their Songs We Love series. View post HERE and share via YouTube HERE. The site also included the track “All We Want Is Love” as part of their “All Songs Considered” podcast saying the track has “moments of classic beauty.”
The album is receiving many accolades abroad and tops the charts in Scandanavia and Benelux. U.K.’s Sunday Times calls the record “Sensational” while Uncut says, “best of all is the spell-binding, soul-jazz intensity of ‘You Lit My Fire’ which is the kind of track you’ve been waiting for Lauryn Hill to make for years.” Mojo gave the album four stars.
When I’m Free follows nearly two years of touring across the globe as a solo artist and with a full band, and follows the release of collections Songs 2003-2013 and Rarities. She recently had a Top 5 hit in the U.K. that reached #1 on their Dance Chart with Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salto for the song “Can’t Stop Playing (Makes Me High).”
Brun wrote much of the songs for the new album in her Stockholm studio. She sought to employ new techniques, including a app from her iPhone, in order to feature more rhythm and bass within the intimate recordings that she’s has become known for. For the sessions, Brun collaborated again with producer Tobias Fröberg, who handled production duties on her album It All Starts With One. This time, Brun took on the role of co-producer and the two worked together over eight months at Stockholm’s Atlantis Studios, GIG Studios and Brun’s own home studio space.
The new album seeks to explore new musical arenas for Brun, including the trip hop influenced “Directions” and the Eastern-tinged “Shape Of A Heart.” She employs musicians that she spent much of 2013 touring across the world with including bassist Dan Berglund (previously part of the Esbjörn Svensson Trio), pianist Martin Hederos (Soundtrack Of Our Lives), drummer Andreas Werliin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums) and guitarist Johan Lindström (Tonbruket). Other guests on the album include Lars Skoglund (Lykke Li) and Ola Hultgren on drums; Tobias Gabrielsson (electric bass); Linnea Olsson, Nina K and Sabina Ddumba (additional vocals) and John Eriksson (of Peter, Bjorn & John), rounding out the mix on timpani for “Directions” and providing percussion and mallets for “Black Notebook.”
When I’m Free was inspired by the forced cancellation in late 2012 of a North American tour with Peter Gabriel that Brun was to take part in. As she has occasionally struggled with health concerns, Brun found that in the past she has let them weigh her down, whereas this time she had an epiphany. She recalls, “One night, I woke up woke up and thought, ‘Why are you so afraid? It doesn’t help you in any way. Let your mind and body rest so it can heal.’ When I recovered, I experienced an almost bliss-like feeling. I’d replaced all the worrying and fear with gratitude, and the feeling lingered. So somehow, since 2012, I’ve been able to approach life very differently than before.”
Brun has recorded and released ten albums over the last ten years on her own imprint Balloon Ranger Recordings. In 2005, her second album A Temporary Dive earned her critical acclaim at home and abroad, winning the Norwegian Grammy for Best Female Artist. Her fifth album, Changing Of The Seasons, was recorded in Iceland by Valgier Sigursson. The New York Times said the album “offers the kind of comfort that only well-versed singer-songwriters can give. An album full of sad songs to revel in as the days grow shorter and colder, Seasons is Brun’s strongest work yet.” Brun released It all Starts With One in 2011 and Rolling Stone called the lead track “Do You Remember” a “knockout single.” It was followed by the collections Songs 2003-2013, which celebrated Brun’s most beloved tracks and songwriting achievements and Rarities (2013), which navigated the lesser-known corners of her catalog.
“Live From Home” is Housing Works Bookstore Café’s award-winning benefit concert series. All proceeds from this event go to Housing Works, Inc.’s efforts to end AIDS and homelessness in NYC through advocacy, health care, housing, job training and other services. $20 General Tickets guarantees admission but not seating, $35 Guaranteed Seating and priority entrance and $55 VIP includes guaranteed seating and an exclusive meet & greet before the show. All tickets are nonrefundable donations to Housing Works, Inc. Doors at 7:30P.M., show at 8P.M. at 126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012.
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