An Empathetic Album from Norwegian Singer/Songwriter

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An Empathetic Album from Norwegian Singer/Songwriter

After five years, Norwegian singer/songwriter Ane Brun, is back with a new album interpreting serious issues like the state of uncertainty around the planet. This is an empathetic album from the Norwegian singer/songwriter.  

Ane Brun has been a musician and a respected voice since she debuted in 2003. She has also been a pioneer for many songwriters and vocalists. This autumn she returns with two original albums – released a month apart, After the Great Storm and How Beaty Holds the Hand of Sorrow.

An Empathetic Album from Norwegian Singer/Songwriter
After the Great Storm, cover

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Relocating to Sweden in the early 2000s, her debut album Spending Time with Morgan (2003) was nominated for a Swedish Independent Music Award.  The follow up, A Temporary Dive (2005), went platinum three weeks after its release in Norway and, the same year, she went on to receive the Best Female Artist award at the Norwegian Spellemannprisen (the country’s equivalent to the Grammy’s).

Changing of the Seasons was praised by The New York Times in 2015 as “her best record yet – her most sonically ambitious”.

An Empathetic Album from Norwegian Singer/Songwriter
Ane Brun has been a musician and a respected voice since she debuted in 2003

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It turned out that it was her father’s death in 2016 that put an end to Ane Brun’s creative cornucopia. “I could not find the right tools in my toolbox, and I found no solution,” wrote Ane Brun in a press release about this album.

The newly released After the Great Storm is all about the need for empathy and bravery. “I try to encourage and remind anyone who’s in a dark place not to isolate themselves and not disappear into a state of fear – to reach out and show their vulnerability,” she said in an interview with Billboard.

The self-recorded and edited track Trust is a hauntingly gorgeous and cinematic track centered around an atmospheric arrangement of strummed acoustic guitar, shimmering synths and Brun’s gorgeously expressive and plaintive vocals. “It’s a song about letting go of all doubt and just letting yourself fall into the hands of fate, and trust that it’s all going to be alright,” Brun explains in a press note. “It was first written as a romantic song, but as we’re in this state of uncertainty around the planet, I feel it has gained more meaning.”

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An Empathetic Album from Norwegian Singer/Songwriter
The newly released After the Great Storm is all about the need for empathy and bravery

A mournful cello is heard in the background on the serious Heavy Falling Like I Wanna Cry. A disgraced song about humanity’s miserable relationship with nature and how we deal with it. The climate issue is picked up again on the last track, We Need a Mother. In this song, Ane Brun shows no mercy: “I am offended by a lack of human decency,” she sings.

Albeit the album is emotional, many of the songs are also very danceable.

An Empathetic Album from Norwegian Singer/Songwriter, written by Tor Kjolberg

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