20 Songs, 1 Hour, 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As Norwegian singer/songwriter Ane Brun was assembling the 10th-anniversary career retrospective Songs 2003-2013, she realized she had enough unusual stray tracks in the vaults that had never made it to a proper album to put together the “double album” Rarities. This finished product features original songs, alternate versions, and covers. Gillian Welch’s “Orphan Girl” is among the best-known covers, while Beyonce’s “Halo” (featuring cellist Linnea Olsson) is the one meant to raise the most eyebrows. Bob Dylan’s “She Belongs to Me” is brought into a chilly north-country atmosphere, courtesy of frosty synths and robotic beats. Bjork’s “Joga” is from Brun’s performance at the 2010 Polar Music Prize. Elvis Presley’s “Crawfish” is performed with The Club Killers, while The Beatles’ “From Me to You” is taken far from its moptop Merseybeat roots. In many ways, this looseness helps Brun’s music substantially. As an artist known to focus very hard on the task at hand, Ane could use a breather now and then where she can let loose and sing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As Norwegian singer/songwriter Ane Brun was assembling the 10th-anniversary career retrospective Songs 2003-2013, she realized she had enough unusual stray tracks in the vaults that had never made it to a proper album to put together the “double album” Rarities. This finished product features original songs, alternate versions, and covers. Gillian Welch’s “Orphan Girl” is among the best-known covers, while Beyonce’s “Halo” (featuring cellist Linnea Olsson) is the one meant to raise the most eyebrows. Bob Dylan’s “She Belongs to Me” is brought into a chilly north-country atmosphere, courtesy of frosty synths and robotic beats. Bjork’s “Joga” is from Brun’s performance at the 2010 Polar Music Prize. Elvis Presley’s “Crawfish” is performed with The Club Killers, while The Beatles’ “From Me to You” is taken far from its moptop Merseybeat roots. In many ways, this looseness helps Brun’s music substantially. As an artist known to focus very hard on the task at hand, Ane could use a breather now and then where she can let loose and sing.

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About Ane Brun

With her lilting vocals, theatrical arrangements, and delicate indie folk craft, Norwegian singer/songwriter Ane Brun (pronounced Ah-na Broon) remained a regional secret until 2003, when she made her European debut with the release of Spending Time with Morgan. Released on the DetErMine label, a company that Brun co-founded the previous year with the Tiny's Ellekari Larsson, Spending Time with Morgan won local praise for its cinematic sound and was later championed at the Swedish Independent Music Awards. One year later, Brun released the My Lover Will Go EP, as well as the romantic songbook A Temporary Dive. The latter album featured collaborations with Canadian artist Ron Sexsmith, Teitur, and Syd Matters, while its sound drew comparisons to early Neko Case, Feist, and Nick Drake. Three weeks after its release, A Temporary Dive went platinum in Brun's native country. A slew of awards followed, including the country's Grammy equivalent -- the Norwegian Spellemannsprisen -- for Best Female Artist and Hit of the Year in 2005. Brun closed out the year with yet another release, Duets, which found her collaborating with ten different songwriters. A remixed/remastered version of A Temporary Dive arrived in America via the V2 label in May 2006. Brun followed its release with Live in Scandinavia, her first live album, before setting to work on a new studio effort. Released in 2008, Changing of the Seasons dealt with shifting climates and evolving relationships, while Sketches (also released in 2008) compiled Brun's home recordings into an attractive package of demos. She appeared on Peter Gabriel's 2011 album New Blood, and later that year released her sixth album, It All Starts with One, produced by Tobias Fröberg. ~ MacKenzie Wilson & Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Molde, Norway
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    March 10, 1976

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