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Anna von Hausswolff - All Thoughts Fly [Light Tan Colour Vinyl]

Southern Lord

  • £23.38 ( )
Genre: Experimental/Classical
Format: LP
Catalogue No.: LORD280LT
B/C:5051142008329
Release Date: 27th November 2020

MOJO - 4* boxed review “Without Von Hausswolff’s astringent vocals, this solo instrumental album feels lighter on gates-of-doom atmosphere than previous work, but even so, whispers and echoes start to bounce off this record’s walls, promising revelation at every turn.”

**THE WIRE - “von Hausswolff pulls out all the stops to create an equally monumental work of art ingeniously fusing ancient and modern music. Particularly effective is the siren-like chorus of differently pitched drones summoned up on ‘Dolore Di Orsini’ - while on “Sacro Bosco”, her chosen instrument is temporarily transformed into a mighty steam engine. But the true miracle here is the way she makes the organ breathe into life, especially on the long title track that is the album’s time tilting centrepiece.”

''Lush and sorrowful wordless soundscapes, performed entirely on the pipe organ of a local church.'' 7.7 Pitchfork

Here in solo instrumental mode, the entire record consists of just one instrument, the pipe organ, and represents absolute liberation of the imagination.All Thoughts Fly radiates a melancholic beauty, and is distinguished by fluid transitions of contrasting elements; calmness and drama, harmony and dissonance, much like the place that inspires the music.

“SACRO BOSCO” OFFICIAL VIDEO

Sacro Bosco is a garden,based in the centre of Italy,containing grotesque mythological sculptures and buildings overgrown with vegetation, situated in a wooded valley beneath the castle of Orsini.Created during the 16th Century, Sacro Bosco was commissioned by Pier Francesco Orsini, some say to try and cope with his grief following the death of his wife Guilia Farnese, others speculate the purpose was to create art.

About the album Anna explains“there’s a sadness and wilderness that inspired me to write this album, also a timelessness. I believe that this park has survived not only due to its beauty but also because of the iconography, it has been liberated from predictable ideas and ideals. The people who built this park truly set their minds and imagination free. All thoughts fly is a homage to this creation, and an effort to articulate the atmosphere and the feelings that this place evokes inside of me. It’s a very personal interpretation of a place that I lack the words to describe. I’d like to believe Orsini built this monumental park out of grief for his dead wife, and in my Sacro Bosco I used this story as a core for my own inspiration: love as a foundation for creation.”

The organ on All Thoughts Fly is situated in Gothenburg and is a Swedish replica of the Arp Schnitger organ in Germany. It is the largest organ tuned in Quarter-comma meantone temperament in the world. With it’s four manuals, one pedal and 54 stops, it was built as part of a ten-year research project reconstructing 17th Century North German organ building craft. The tuning temperament is an important detail to note here, as it deeply affects the sound and tuning, and thus radically changed the process of creating this album. Anna speaks of a pleasant surprise during recording, the organ's ability to create beautiful "pitching" notes through its stops and air supply system. She remarks “We took advantage of this so most of the pitching sounds and notes that you hear on the album comes from the mechanics of this organ, effects made entirely acoustically." The organ was recorded with two room mics for atmosphere and two pairs of close mics placed inside the organ to capture nuances and detail for further organ sound processing by Filip Leyman in his studio.

Tracklisting
1. THEATRE OF NATURE
2. SACRO BOSCO
3. DOLORE DI ORSINI
4. PERSEFONE
5. ENTERING
6. ALL THOUGHTS FLY
7. OUTSIDE THE GATE (for Bruna)
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