Label: Grapefruit Records (2) – GY12-3 Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress Country: US Released: 5 Aug 2022 Genre: Non-Music, Pop, Folk, World, & Country Style: Field Recording, Nordic
*2022 RP on Grapefruit - a year has elapsed but we're still totally blown away by Astrid's debut on Forlag For Fri Musik - extremely special record - (mint / new - with insert, corners slightly dinked in transit).
Yet another low-key masterpiece birthed out of the inexhaustible Gothenburg holy waters from total newcomer Astrid Øster Mortensen. Sharing an ancestry with the lo-fi collage approach of the label’s staple Enhet För Fri Musik unit, Astrid explores a range of sound sources, mostly voice, piano, stings and the general surrounding ambience to create an intimate and deeply enveloping sound environment. The pieces feel unforced yet highly personal, warbling piano notes, the distant sound of the radio drifting in the back, wheezing bowed strings, soft plucked strings, faint vocalisations - it’s at times eye-wateringly and effortlessly beautiful and entirely uncontrived. Through embracing the natural sounds that naturally float in and out of the recordings, there’s a strong sense of place, conjuring a feeling of nostalgia and distant memories gone fuzzy. Comparisons feel irrelevant with music so obviously special, but moments instantly recall the recent Jane Arden recordings Low Company put out, the shop’s own Natsu No Zenbu LP from Aki & Ippei (again, sorry), Roger Doyle, Flaming Tunes, Ernest Hood, Oh Yoko, Anna Homler +++. A total stunner, speechless! (Mint / New - with insert - paste on sleeve)
Tracklist A1 Morgen A2 Ø A3 Hvor Kommer Mørkret Fra? A4 Can I Still Call? A5 Seydis A6 Guitarminut A7 Piano i B1 Solen Er Et Lille Hus B2 Brud i B3 Gro Mig En Blomst B4 Brud ii B5 Piano ii B6 Lavinia’s Small Song B7 Xylo