Linnea Olsson Release Debut U.S. Album 'Ah!', Kicks Off Tour 2/11
SPIN is premiering the video for "Dinosaur," a track off of Swedish cellist Linnea Olsson's debut U.S. album, Ah! The video was directed by fellow Swede, Alana da Silva and SPIN calls the track "...a case study in how neoclassical elegance can be warped in service of an excellent indie-pop song."
Olsson will kick off a U.S. tour in February to support the release of her new album, Ah! She will tour alongside longtime friend and collaborator Ane Brun with dates in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Please see reverse for full tour routing. Olsson recently spoke with NPR "All Things Considered" about her inspirations for the songs on Ah!
Ah! is an album assembled from Olsson's voice, her cello, and in one song a darbuka makes an appearance. The darbuka is a Middle Eastern goblet drum that Olsson discovered through her good friend (and producer of the album) Fredrik "Gicken" Johannson. Throughout the release the two elements of cello and voice are warped and bent by the delay modeler and loop station that Olsson cherishes as integral parts of her music. "I abuse delay," she says. "It is my favorite effect of all time." For Folks Sake calls Ah! "a work of art-so perfectly crafted and at home within its elements that it's hard to believe this is Olsson's first solo debut."
Of writing the album Olsson says, "I sat down with the cello and it was a bit like a flood. I wrote all the songs for the album during a very intense and short period of time." After this fruitful and solitary writing and recording period, in between touring with fellow Scandinavian artists Ane Brun and Frida Hyvönen, Olsson asked Johannson to mix and help with the finishing touches.
Olsson grew up in Halmstad, Sweden with parents who were both musicians. She began cello lessons at age six and sang in choirs at a young age. "Music is a part of my life, like love or food or air, really," Olsson says. The pivotal moment came when Olsson was performing at a wedding at 14, when she used the "pop" singing voice she'd only ever practiced in front of the mirror. Soon after, Olsson was forming bands with her friends to play the music she wanted to play.
LINNEA OLSSON TOUR DATES
February 11 Vienna, VA Jammin Java
February 12 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
February 13 Montreal, QC L'Astral
February 14 Toronto, ON Rivoli
February 15 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern
February 17 Vancouver, BC Electric Owl
February 18 Seattle, WA Crocodile Lounge
February 19 San Francisco, CA Yoshis
February 21 San Diego, CA Casbah
February 22 Los Angeles, CA The Mint