Ceremony

by Anna von Hausswolff

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𝔩𝔬𝔲𝔡-𝔮𝔲𝔦𝔢𝔱-𝔩𝔬𝔲𝔡 𝓐t once funereal and sanguine, agonizingly heavy yet mercifully delicate. A lonesome twinflower upon the tundra, sown by a singular talent. Favorite track: Liturgy Of Light.
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Deathbed 08:38
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Goodbye 06:16
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Red Sun 03:17
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No Body 02:33
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Harmonica 04:22
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Ocean 05:44
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Sova 03:24
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Sun Rise 04:52

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It begins with the sound of a church organ, an arpeggio played on the lower notes, a melody teased out in the higher register, before a snare drum beats out an ominous, stuttering tattoo. Three minutes in, guitars begin to rumble like clouds gathering on the horizon, the melody slowly swelling, threatening to tear the sky apart. This is Anna von Hausswolff’s ‘Epitaph Of Theodor’, and as dramatic, instrumental openings to albums go, it’s close to overwhelming. But it’s followed by something even more intense: ‘Deathbed’, which growls and resonates sinisterly before shards of metallic thunder shatter the drones and a funereal beat forces the song to lurch forward. Only after some four and a half minutes of this ferocious clamour do we hear a human voice, and it’s unleashed with a fierce power, rising and swooping, a vast bird pursuing its prey until the song reaches its final, unexpectedly triumphant climax.

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released July 18, 2012

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