Monday 27 January 2020

A double helping of Brun rarities

Ane Brun

(Lazybird)

4 STARS

The Stockholm-resident Norwegian has built up a devoted fanbase over the past 10 years in this country and while a best-of album from earlier this year illustrated her strengths as a songwriter, this double-album collection of rare tracks, covers and live performances is arguably a better showcase for her music.

There's that quirky Scandinavian slant to her material, but her craft is also rooted in the confessional songcraft popularised in the Laurel Canyon scene of the 1970s. Think Abba-meets-Joni Mitchell and you're somewhere close. It takes a brave soul to cover Bjork in Bjork-style but that's exactly what Brun does on Joga, recorded live at the Swedish version of the Grammys in 2010. The collision of her evocative vocals and stirring strings is quite something.

And, speaking of strings, there's a gorgeous track called The Opening, which featuring the classical troupe, Flesh Quartet. Fans of the Wallander TV series (the Swedish one starring Krister Henriksson, not the ponderous Kenneth Branagh version) will be familiar with their gripping, haunting sound.

Key tracks: Joga; The Opening

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