We all have music we don't readily admit to liking. For me, that's Scandinavian pop music. I liked Bjork* in high school and moved on to the The Cardigans before a brief falling out due to abortion that was Ace of Base. I rekindled my Scandinavian crush with bands like Sondre Lerche, Efterklang, Slaraffenland, Lykke Li, and Ida Marie.
Now I can now add Anna Ternheim to the list above. Her new album, Leaving on a mayday, was released Tuesday in the US. It's already won the 2009 Swedish Grammy for "Album of the Year" and help Anna win the "Best Female Artist" award. The album was produced by Bjorn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John). He opted for sparse instrumentation and a focus on Anna's hauntingly beautiful voice. It doesn't take a genius to realize that's a winning combination. For proof, check out this video:
If you like the video above (and I can't image you don't), you can hear Anna's entire album here.
Anna is currently touring the US with Lonely Dear and Asobi Seksu. Unfortunately, she's not stopping in either Austin or DC. If you happen to live in one of the cities listed below, don't miss this show:
10.01.09 – Troubador – Los Angeles, CA
10.02.09 – Slims – San Francisco, CA
10.03.09 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
10.04.09 – Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
10.06.09 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
10.09.09 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
10.10.09 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
10.11.09 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
10.12.09 – Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
10.13.09 – Il Motore – Montreal, Quebec
10.14.09 – Great Scott – Boston, MA
10.15.09 – Maxwells – Hoboken, NJ
10.16.09 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
10.17.09 – Johnny Brendas – Philadelphia, PA
* I'm aware Iceland is not part of Scandinavia. Just work with me here.