Monday, 27 October 2008

Hajen and Tvärvägen

Hajen is a singer songwriter from Gothenburg, Sweden, who has a talent for penning languid mournful tunes. She possesses a voice of rare depth and soulful resonance, it gives you goose bumps, just from hearing a fleeting glimpse of her vocals.

Her real name is Amanda and her nom de plume 'Hajen' seems to translate as 'shark' in Swedish. Beyond these sketchy details, I have little more to add, except that she tinkles those ivories with a restrained air of beauty and I look forward to hearing more of her work in the very near future.


Some Upcoming dates...

25.Okt.2008 Rookiefestivalen ’08 Hultsfred
20.Nov.2008 Kontiki Gothenburg
23.Nov.2008 Ladyfest GBG - Gothenburg
27.Nov.2008 Kvinna Kontiki Gothenburg
20.Dec.2008 Woody West X-mas, Gothenburg

Check out her label mate Tvärvägen, he makes a sound akin to 'An Old Curiosity Shop' being run by Noggin the Nog in a fading seaside town. Bonus points are awarded for featuring a record player prominently within this video.. His new record, Sånger från Tvärvägen, is out in on 19th of November on Knoppar Records.




Tvärvägen - September from Henrik Ohberg on Vimeo.



Thanks to these top blogs for bringing these artists to my attention...



Promotional photo material was shot by the talented Hanna...

http://flickr.com/photos/lupomanaro/

Cultural references for younger folk, unfamiliar with the Saga of the Northlands here..

1 comment:

Scratchy Buckles said...

Swedesplease have followed up their piece on Hajen with an interview with the young lady,it can be read here.. http://www.swedesplease.net/2008/10/28/followup-interview-with-hajen/