Singer-songwriter Ane Brun is set to embark on a new tour in the United States in May, following a successful tour around the country earlier this year.
Ane Brun currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden, but she grew up in a small town called Molde on the northwestern coast of Norway. She has released two albums so far, entitled ‘Spending Time With Morgan’ and ‘A Temporary Dive’, both of which have been critically acclaimed. The latter also earned her a gold album in her native Norway. She has since been busy touring in both Scandinavia, Europe and the United States, gaining more fans across the globe.
Brun kicks off her US tour with a gig at NYC’s The Livingroom on 9 May and continues with 13 more dates on the West and East coast as well as performances in the Midwest.
May will see the US release of her acclaimed latest album ‘A Temporary Dive” the singer/songwriter’s second outing. The album firmly established Brun in the Championship League of Norwegian music with solid sales and massive airplay at home and abroad. Her distinctive and powerful voice recalls such great performers as Ani DiFranco and Beth Orton and her strong tunes have a timeless quality that pay tribute to icons and influential songwriters like Jeff Buckley and Damien Rice. Standout tracks on ‘A Temporary Dive’ include My Lover Will Go and Song No. 6 featuring Ron Sexsmith. Fans of classic, epic songwriting and those who are not afraid of a dose of melancholy can look forward to some rewarding hours with Brun and her ‘A Temporary Dive’ – one of the year’s strongest releases regardless of genre.
The first US reviews of her album have begun to tick in. Below are some excerpts:
The US debut of this winsome, warbling Norwegian suggests the oddball folks movement of the US acts like Banhart and Joanna Newsom is resonating. It also shows, once again, how raw, idiosyncratic American music should look overseas for packaging tips. Musically, Brun resembles Norah Jones as much as she does Newsome; here, here elegantly strange songs mix surreal whimsy with Scandinavian darkness (“I am a lump of jelly/ I am a dead fish”). Camoes by Ron Sexsmith and Syd matters help extract the singer from her navel.
Singer-songwriter Ane Brun is probably not a household name--unless your
house is in Norway, where she's won all kinds of awards for her lovely new
album, A Temporary Dive (V2/DetErMine). Beautiful, haunting and, yes, even
fun, Brun's music is folk with all the modern conveniences, having more in
common with Beth Orton and Zero 7 than, say, Pete Seeger. That said, anyone
who's fond of the lush mope of Nick Drake or the loose-limbed jaunt of Rufus
Wainwright will find much to love on gorgeous tracks such as "To Let Myself
Go," "This Voice" and "My Lover Will Go."
Time Magazine selects her album as one of the 5 best albums in May. Writes Josh Tyrangiel:
“This Norwegian girl with a guitar has a whiff of the coffeehouse about her, but it's a good coffeehouse. Her depressing songs are monumentally mordant (many are about breakups, one's about death), but she also flashes a sense of humor ("My friend, you left me in the end/ I can't believe I'm writing a song where friend rhymes with end") and really comes out of her shell on Song No. 6, a sweet, stomping duet with fellow melancholic Ron Sexsmith. Most compelling of all is her voice--a mix of Bjork's unpredictability and Joni Mitchell's directness that makes even the dourest material affecting.”
Slant Magazine also awards the album a glowing review:
“I receive hundreds upon hundreds of CDs, but only once or twice a year does something reach out and grab me by the neck, effectively securing a spot on my year-end list months before I'm even aware of it. Such is the case with Scandinavian singer-songwriter Ane Brun's sophomore disc A Temporary Dive, the first album of 2006 to reserve its spot. From the very first note out of Brun's mouth—no, even before that, from the very first strum of her acoustic guitar on the opening song—I knew I was listening to something special. Brun doesn't break down any barriers or forge any ground uncharted by the late-'60s British folk artists whose footprints she so delicately presses her presumably petite feet into, but her songs are refreshing and pure, a throwback to traditional folk while at the same keeping one foot firmly planted in the no-longer-neo neo-folk movement. Brun evokes Billie Holiday's sadness and diction on the steel pans-and-glocks title track, and creates a heartbreaking new arrangement of Purcell's mournful "Laid In Earth" from his 17th century opera Dido and Aeneas. Her finger-picking and ominous, lonely arrangements are reminiscent of Ani DiFranco at her experimental peak, angelic background vocals peeking in and out of the solemn, repeated refrain of "To Let Myself Go," which Brun describes as "a brief and personal philosophy of life." The track sets the tone for much of the album, which, despite a less than logical song sequence where the admittedly "sobby, pink" "Song No. 6" is sandwiched between a punch-in-the-gut like "Where Friend Rhymes With End" and "The Fight Song," which features Ron Sexsmith on vocals, is alternately matter-of-fact and metaphorically elegiac. In the age of iPod, though, it probably doesn't matter—even broken into parts, A Temporary Dive's impact is anything but transient.”
Ane Brun, Artist