Ane Brun - It All Starts With One

Ane Brun - The always interesting Norwegian singer/songwriter has gradually evolved from ethereal acoustic performer to full-blown art-pop mistress culminating with this dramatically different album, a platinum-selling and award-winning success in Europe...on the guest list: fellow Scandinavians Jose Gonzalez and country/folk duo First Aid Kit...Brun's admiration for 2010's "Arab Spring" uprisings served as inspiration for the album's themes of independence, passion and reconciliation // Release: It All Starts With One (May 1, Pias) // Sounds like: Froberg created a vividly percussive and spacious, orchestrated production for Brun's distinctive, fragile voice, forsaking bass but utilizing two drummers (mostly playing together for full effect) and Martin Hederos on piano and organ...the result is a brilliantly conceived album that pulses with quiet energy and goose-bump inducing theatrical force, truly unlike anything you'll hear this year (watch the surreal videos below)...

Quote: "One is a song about how one individual’s strength and courage can become thousands of people’s courage, as long as someone makes the first move. Even in my darkest musical moments, my songs always have a bright note to them. Like: ‘Yes, it’s dark now, but I’ll turn this around somehow’." // What we like: we're not sure if Brun's work with Peter Gabriel on his symphonic New Blood project and tour might have influenced her new vision -- she says she immersed herself in classical music during the writing of Starts With One -- but Brun and Froberg's stunning, cinematic achievement easily ranks as essential, revelatory listening...it's nearly impossible to isolate specific highlights with the scope and range on display but the towering six-and-a-half minute album closer "Undertow" is a magnificent summation of the album's bold creative sweep...

Ane Brun - "These Days" (from It All Starts With One)

Ane Brun - "Worship" (featuring Jose Gonzalez) (from It All Starts With One)