Listening Post

Every time someone plays this new song from Anna von Hausswolff an ocean splits and the devil laughs his head off

Co-written by Ed Sheeran... (not really, it's massive, bleak, brilliant, scary and made on a church organ)

Anna von Hausswolff’s music is grand, but her explanations are simple. So we’ll follow suit, and keep it brief.

The Gothenburg-based songwriter has just announced details of a new album, ‘Dead Magic’, coming out on City Slang on 2 March 2018.

‘The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra’ is the first track shared from it.

“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.”

Along with that snippet of information, she also wanted to share this short poem by Swedish writer Walter Ljungquist.

“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.”

Anna has also announced a date at The Dome, London on 12 March next year.