Chapter Music is excited to announce the first Australian tour by Swedish song siren Frida Hyvönen!
It’s hard to put into words just how good Frida Hyvönen (pronounced Hee-Vo-Nen) is. On record, her songs cut to the core, slicing through all emotional barriers to pierce your heart and transfix it. And live, she is hypnotic, majestic, a truly arresting performer.
She may not be a household name here, but in Sweden, Frida is a chart-topping star. Her sparse, piano-pounding debut Until Death Comes emerged in 2005 on Licking Fingers, the label run by Swedish pop stars the Concretes. The following year US indie giants Secretly Canadian (home to the likes of Antony & the Johnsons and Jens Lekman) picked up the album for America, while Chapter Music also snapped it up for an Australian release.
Directly personal and magnetic, Until Death Comes received the annual Stockholm Prize for Swedish music, while locally it was a Triple R album of the week, and first single I Drive My Friend picked up high rotation on Triple J.
Followup Silence Is Wild came out late last year and was a sumptuous expansion, incorporating lavish arrangements of strings, synths, drums and backing vocals, with Frida’s voice and songwriting soaring to new heights. It reached the Swedish top ten and earned her a whole new swathe of fans around the world.
Now, after years of gentle persuasion, Frida has agreed to play just two intimate shows in Australia in February, accompanied by a percussionist and backing vocalist. These shows will both inspire you and break your heart – they’re truly not to be missed!
FRIDA HYVÖNEN AUSTRALIAN TOUR – February 2010
tickets on sale Thursday December 10
Wednesday February 10
Bella Union Bar at Trades Hall, Carlton
Thursday February 11
Paddington Uniting Church, Paddington
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Frida Hyvönen is an incisive, piano-based Swedish songwriter with a passionate bite and a voice like an icicle that cuts deep. Recorded in the legendary Atlantis studio in Stockholm, her debut record Until Death Comes has a raw, first-person intimacy not dissimilar to Joni Mitchell’s Blue or Carole King’s Tapestry, but with an extra edge [...]
Written during a year of isolation in a tiny town in Sweden’s far north, Frida Hyvönen’s second album Silence Is Wild is a lush concoction of piano, strings, choirs, and synths. This is in stark contrast to her debut Until Death Comes, winner of the 2006 Stockholm Prize for music, which was lean and percussive, [...]
Frida Hyvönen’s sparse, piano-based songs like I Drive My Friend and I Was A Serene Teenage Child immediately involve you in a world filled with brittle but powerful emotions. Until Death Comes is the kind of record a high school tough chick would make – hip thrust out, smoking a cigarette, but wearing dark glasses [...]