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Anna von Hausswolff Shares Title Track From New Album “All Thoughts Fly” Due Via Southern Lord on 25th September

August 15, 2020
Photo credit: Gianluca Grasselli




Anna von Hausswolff shares the title track from her forthcoming new album, All Thoughts Fly, to be released via Southern Lord on 25th September. Here in solo instrumental mode, the entire record consists of just one instrument, the pipe organ, and represents absolute liberation of the imagination. Anna offers further insight into the title track below. 

  “I wanted to play with dissonance and polyrhythms to create a harmonic landscape that is constantly changing and expanding into something else. Everything you hear in this track, every little overtone and all ambience is entirely made through the organ. We used EQ but that’s it.  The overall idea was to create an illusion of flying thoughts, intertwining and entangling into each other. Different words and worlds happening at the same time, affecting each other and changing each other’s directions and courses.”

Intoxicating- shimmering and soulful instrumentation that is fully immersive. The sound waves consume you, whirling it’s intensity and adding in more creative layers. Just over 12 minutes of captivating orchestration- this is a movement.

Pre-orders for the CD and LP are available from today via the Southern Lord US and European stores, following a sell-out of the initial run of colour vinyl exclusively via Bandcamp last Friday.

All Thoughts Fly radiates a melancholic beauty, and is distinguished by fluid transitions of contrasting elements; calmness and drama, harmony and dissonance, much like Sacro Bosco (“Sacred Grove”), the place that inspires the music.  

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.”

Southern Lord will release All Thoughts Fly on LP, CD and digital formats on 25th September.

Digital, CD and LP pre-orders are now available via Bandcamp (black vinyl and CD), Spotify and iTunes, and via the Southern Lord US (black vinyl and CD) and European stores

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