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Editors’ Notes

Swedish singer/songwriter and keyboardist Anna von Hausswolff—the daughter of controversial artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff—sits down at the Annedal church organ in Göteborg for nine of this album's 13 tracks and creates a sound that truly deserves to be called gothic. Her second album, Ceremony, starts with the organ instrumental "Epitaph of Theodor," which settles on a drone reminiscent of Nico's harmonium days on a grander budget. The passivity is deliberate. It follows onto "Deathbed," where finally—just shy of five minutes—the unorthodox power of her heaven-sent vocals make themselves known. "Mountains Crave" introduces a succinct composition with a compact melody and more conventional instrumentation (guitar and synths). It's nothing you'd call "pop," but it's a sign of other potential. "Goodbye" returns to the sounds of the earth's core opening by the end of its six-plus minutes. Avant-garde pieces ("No Body," "Harmonica"), piano poems ("Liturgy of Light," "Ocean"), and further gothic moves ("Epitaph of Daniel," "Sova") make for deep, rewarding listening. 

Customer Reviews

An amazing album

This album caught me by surprise. I didn't think I would hear a masterpiece crafted in recent times. In an era of often disposable music comes this mysterious album that features the pipe organ, and a very highly talented singer who also happens to be a fanatastic composer. The organ and piano parts suit the compostitions perfect, and the rest of the band are also talented musicians as well who contribute greatly. The lyrics (that I can decipher) are very powerful, and seem very personal, adding to the strength of the lingering drama and overall triumph at the end of the album. Amazing music/sounds, amazing composition, amazing singing, what's not to love on this album? Give it a try.

beautiful beautiful music

I can't explain how good this album is, you just have to experience it yourself, and when you do, you know, deep down in your bones, this is something special.

Something Magical

This album is really, truly, something special. It's a full sound: lyrics, vocals, composition, musicality. In a moment you hear Neko Case, but in the next it's Janis. Then the delicacy and other worldliness is no ones but her own. This album is just that, something wholly unique; it feels freshly familiar. The juxtaposition of the demanding organ against the soaring heights of her voice, create a complete world of sound. Some moments are strange, and I feel drawn north; escaping into the lands of always winter. Terrifying one second and then once again warming your heart.


Born: September 6, 1986 in Gothenburg, Sweden

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Anna von Hausswolff is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, and pianist from Sweden who made her Top Five hit album debut with Singing from the Grave in 2010. Born on September 6, 1986, in Gothenburg, Sweden, she is the daughter of world-renowned sound artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff. She made her performance debut in 2008. Her performance at the Way Out West Festival in Gothenburg the following year established her as an up-and-coming talent on the Swedish alternative music scene. In association...
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