When Swedish singer/musician Anna von Hausswolff was young, her parents used to tell her stories about a place the family loved to visit. The location is seeped in a complicated history: a home, for example, to Sweden’s traditional folk music, it’s an area of outstanding natural beauty, but once provided the backdrop for a momentous uprising against the country’s king during which thousands of peasants were slaughtered, leaving its landscapes bathed in blood. It became, to her, a place of mystery, magic and terror, and, though she won’t say where it is, she still returns repeatedly, if sometimes only in her imagination. She calls the place Miraculous.
Much of the music on The Miraculous draws from these stories and images while making excessive use of the Acusticum Pipe Organ in Piteå, Northern Sweden, whose colossal sound – with nine thousand pipes, it’s one of the biggest of its kind in the country – swells heroically throughout the album. Inaugurated in 2012, and designed by Gerard Woehl, it lends the record a unique edge, enabling moments of true drama and supplying the brooding drones and dreamy soundscapes that provide the album’s foundations. This magnificent instrument’s unusual features – built-in glockenspiel, vibraphone, celeste and percussion, as well as what von Hausswolff describes as “a screaming bird sound” produced by “pipes half covered in water” also further broadened the record’s aesthetic.
In total, five days were spent recording the majority of the album’s substance live with it and her band, Ulrik Ording (drums), Joel Fabiansson (guitar), Karl Vento (guitar) and Filip Leyman (synthesiser), also the record’s producer). Afterwards, they decamped to Gothenburg for a further month’s work, before mixing it Filip’s studio.
02.03.16 GER-BERLIN BERGHAIN
03.03.16 GER-LEIPZIG WERK 2 (Halle D)
04.03.16 CZ-PRAGUE PALAC AKROPOLIS
05.03.16 AT-GRAZ TRIPLEDECKER @ FORUM STADTPARK
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06.03.16 AT-VIENNA ARENA
08.03.16 IT-PADOVA MAME
09.03.16 IT-ROME MONK
11.03.16 IT-MILANO ARCI BELLEZA
13.03.16 GER-LUDWIGSHAFEN OFFENE WELT @ PFALZBAU
14.03.16 GER-FREIBURG CAFE ATLANTIK
15.03.16 GER-ASCHAFFENBURG COLOS-SAAL
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20.03.16 UK-EDINBURGH ELECTRIC CIRCUS
22.03.16 UK-GLASGOW GARAGE w/Refused
23.03.16 UK-MANCHESTER ACADEMY 2 w/Refused
24.03.16 UK-LEEDS STYLUS w/Refused
25.03.16 UK-BRIGHTON CONCORDE 2 w/Refused
26.03.16 UK-BIRMINGHAM LIBRARY w/Refused