Boomkat Product Review:
Astrid Øster Mortensen’s debut LP re-issued via Grapefruit.
"'Gro Mig En Blomst’ is at once wholey immersive and something quite rare- an infectious collection of essentially experimental music derived from familiar organic sounds stitched together with delicate, sometimes improvised music, poetry, and haunting folk melodies. Akin to the pastiches composed by the equally enchanting Gothenburg collective, Enhet For Fri Musik, Astrid’s album is mysteriously irresistible despite offering what most would consider a challenging listen.
Herein you’ll find songs which often begin with chatter and ambient sound, with Mortensen seemingly extracting beauty from the random and chaotic, splicing in snippets of birdsong and rainfall as well as electronic noises. It might be tempting to assume these songs are accidental, wholly improvised, or captured moments due to the ephemeral qualities of the music and the ease of execution which lure us into the world Mortensen has created. But, it is actually evidence of the skill and finesse of a confident artist in full command of her medium.
‘Gro Mig En Blomst’ was recorded on the island of Brännö, next to Gothenburg, Mortensen’s home after relocating from Denmark."