Ebba Forsberg - Falling, Folding, Flipping, Feeling

Ebba Forsberg - First new English album in five years from the Swedish songwriter who quietly, determinedly creates some of the deepest and most affectingly personal music you will hear this or any year...Like Fiona Apple, Forsberg transcended the Lilith Fair female songwriter empowerment bandwagon of the mid-90's with her excellent, enigmatic debut Been There, her sole U.S. release...Produced by Andreas Dahlbäck, these ten new songs of opaque lyrical imagery and meticulously crafted melodic structure reflect, she says, ”upon the agony of and longing for love as well as the longing of living life at its fullest while working on the art of letting go”... // Release: Falling, Folding, Flipping, Feeling (October 19, EBOTH in Sweden; US: TBA) // Sounds like: Forsberg's voice is the sound of a tear forming, a heartbreaking tone of cool, dark melancholy engulfed in an atmosphere of reverbed guitar echoes and piano shadings...More stylistically varied than her last eponymous 2006 release, FFFF surrounds her world weary vocals with a mostly subdued, empathetic musical backing, you can practically feel the space between the notes in these shadowy hymns and bleak ballads of emotional turmoil...

Quote:  “Life has always driven me to the core of feeling and music is one of the art forms of life that allows me to touch the raw. The art of music is for me to constantly try and find my notion in every expression. I need to be touched to touch as I need to touch to be touched so to speak." What we like: Guitarist Anders Pettersson adds delicious counterpoint to the warm blankets of keyboards in"Perfect Slumbers", the twisting, turning piano lines and loping bass lines slowly spinning behind Forsberg's soft-as-a-whisper vocals...The delicate acoustic folk underpinnings of "Shanti" build and rise to a stunning, lightly held release, a Moorish, gypsy-styled mood piece that effortlessly moves from one perfectly chosen chord to the next...

Ebba Forsberg - "Perfect Slumber" (from Falling, Folding, Flipping, Feeling)

Ebba Forsberg - "Shanti" (from Falling, Folding, Flipping, Feeling)

Photos: Par Wilkholm

EPK video in support of Ebba Forsberg's 2006 self-titled album...