Ane Brun announces new single ‘Shape of a Heart’ – out now
New album When I’m Free out September 4th via Balloon Ranger Records
Swedish based Norwegian singer and songwriter Ane Brun has confirmed details of a new single taken from her forthcoming album, When I’m Free. ‘Shape of a Heart’ is out now as a digital single by Brun’s label, Balloon Ranger and displays hertrademark emotional articulacy as well as her masterful way with a melody and a love for what she calls “the tonality of Middle Eastern music”. In a departure from her usual method of writing with piano and guitar, the song – like a number of tracks on the new album – was originally built around a rhythm and bass arrangement that Brun sketched out on computer software. Purchase now on iTunes.
The track comes with two bonus remixes. La Fleur – the Swedish producer and DJ who’s currently a resident at the legendary Watergate club in Berlin, the city where she’s currently based – boosts the BPMs to underlines the song’s eastern flavours, while Stockholm’s Dante (Kinnunen, drummer for The Concretes) provides a more summery reading with bonus tropicalia. The remixes come in the wake of Brun’s recent success with Dr. Kucho! & Gregor Salto featuring Ane Brun ‘Can’t Stop Playing (Makes Me High)’, which was a UK Top 5 hit (and Dance Chart No. 1), and which Brun also co-wrote.
When I’m Free finds Brun employing new techniques to forge songs that she resolved would feature more rhythm and brass within the same, intimate, warm sound she’s always constructed. Where 2008’s Changing Of The Seasons looked to Bonnie Prince Billy’s The Letting Go, and 2012’s It All Starts With One was inspired by the likes of Ray Lamontagne, Nina Simone and Madonna’s Ray Of Light, When I’m Free looks back joyfully to some of the sounds that shaped Brun’s youth: DJ Shadow, Charles Mingus and Lauryn Hill, indications of the versatile musical taste she’s displayed since she was a child.
Its genesis lies in Brun’s enforced cancellation in late 2012 of a North American tour with Peter Gabriel. Whereas she had previously struggled occasionally with her health concerns, letting them weigh her down, this time she had an epiphany. “One night,” she recalls, “I woke up and thought, ‘Why are you so afraid? It doesn’t help you in any way. Let your mind and body rest so it can heal.’ When I recovered, I experienced an almost bliss-like feeling. I’d replaced all the worrying and fear with gratitude, and the feeling lingered. So somehow, since 2012, I’ve been able to approach life very differently than before.”
Born of confusion and yet revelling in clear-headedness, When I’m Free represents further musical progression from her early, acoustic songwriting, with Brun sounding more spontaneous and full of life than ever, her growing confidence in her pure-as-a-bell voice and her ever-ripening songwriting taking her to places that will astonish those who still think of her as a delicate troubadour.
UK/IRE live dates
DEC 02 – London, Islington Assembly Hall
DEC 04 – Manchester, Gorilla
DEC 05 – Glasgow, Oran Mor
DEC 07 – Dublin, Vicar St