What does it sound like?:
Anne Marie Almedal lives in Norway with her composer husband, making a living teaching. Those long Winter nights prey on the human mind. Light Shadow is born from an innate desire to create and is flush with a characteristic Nordic cool. It sounds as though she has dedicated a lot of time writing the songs and making sure every musical moment really tells.
Light Shadow is immaculate. Anne Marie Almedal’s voice is diaphanous and translucent. When set against warm synthetic strings and gentle beats, it can melt hearts. She hits high notes with a satisfying accuracy, can ride a sinewy melody effortlessly and harmonises with herself to perfection. An echoey piano hints at past sorrow and a nagging guitar provides the whisper of an edge. The purity of her voice, the delicacy of the tunes and the comfort blanket sound disguise the fact that these songs are packed with emotional turmoil. This is an album coming to terms fear, loathing and mental fragility and trying to build a sense of hope out of trying circumstances. It captures the vulnerability of the human existence in a nutshell of ten, neatly constructed, professionally performed songs. It recognises our dependence on others but also the inherent problems we humans have with relationships. It all sounds utterly lovely.
Almedal has been recording music since the early nineties with Velvet Belly and is now on her third solo album. Her voice is an astonishing instrument and she knows exactly how to use it. She deserves to be much better known and her music should be more ubiquitous on radio, TV and playlists. Some of these songs are catchy enough to do just that.
What does it all *mean*?
Light Shadow is music for a soul in need of nourishment.
Goes well with…
Rolling about naked in snow after an impossibly hot sauna in the midst of a painful relationship breakdown.
Might suit people who like…
Emilíana Torrini for the music and Agnes Obel for the vocals.