"Ceremony feels appealingly gigantic as a result, Von Hausswolff indulging in swooping arrangements like "Deathbed", a doomy Earth-like lumber making good use of the hulking pipe organ from Gothenburg's Annedalskyrka church." - 7/10 Uncut
"The best records are the ones that sneak up on you. The ones that snag your attention when you’re least expecting it, before slowly unravelling your doubts and placing a tight grip on your affections. Anna von Hausswolff’s sophomore effort ‘Ceremony’ is one such record." - The Fly
"A performer so intense and dark that she couldn't have come from anywhere other than Scandinavia." - Mojo
Further to the official UK release of her new album ‘Ceremony’ through City Slang on Monday, Swedish organ-wielding enchantress Anna von Hausswolff has uploaded a new video & full album stream.
The suitably catatonic clip accompanies 9-minute opus ‘Deathbed’, which demands you hang on all the way to the end for a spectacular finish.
‘Ceremony’ is now also available to stream in full online. It’s a record whose power lies within the naturally flowing yet unmistakable pristine and precise arrangements carried out by a mighty church organ – an instrument Anna recently told The Fly is “the sound of the middle ages, of the black plague and the crusades. It’s the sound of power, and after I tried it once I decided never to let it go.”
Add to that one of the most awe-inspiring voices of recent times, and you have ‘Ceremony’. Prepare yourself for a bold, brave and intoxicating hour.
Listen to ‘Ceremony’ in full below:
After being taken on the road by Efterklang and playing her first ever London show to a sold out crowd at Village Underground, Anna von Hausswolff will return to the UK later this summer for appearences at Green Man and End of the Road festivals.
See Anna Von Hausswolff live:
10 Haldern DE – Haldern Pop Festival
18 Breacon Beacons UK – Green Man Festival
25 Amsterdam NL - Grachten Festival
31 Dorset UK – End Of The Road Festival
21 Brussels BE - Amerikaans Theater (+ Wire Mum & Wolf Eyes)
27 Hamburg DE – Reeperbahnfestival
03 Heidelberg DE - Enjoy Jazz Festival
04 Basel CH – Paterre
12 Graz AT – Steirischer Herbst Festival
30 Reykjavik IS – Airwaves Festival