Boomkat Product Review:
New edition of Anna von Hausswolff’s majestic folk-rock opus of 2015, staging her stately vocals in dramatic settings edging on BM, cosmic organ music, and prog-operatic .
Anna’s 3rd album ‘The Miraculous’ builds on ideas outlined on her first two with an ambitious confidence that has come to blossom on sides with metal titans Southern Lord in recent years, including a masterful live testament recorded at Montreal Jazz Festival and served this year. While practically incomparable with the work of her father, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, the paranormal and psychoacoustic music investigator, Anna shares a sense of lust for the darker side which she embellishes into full-blooded symphonic arrangements, often porous to haunting and haunted sound textures.
‘The Miraculous’ is a definitive work in her catalogue, reeling from folk metal whirligig ‘Discovery’ to howling and widescreen doom metal grandeur in ‘Evocation’ via expansive prog-operatic works such as ‘Come Wander With Me/Deliverance’, with the gloaming sound ambient design of ‘The Miraculous’ placing her just off the page to, say, certain Susanna works with Helge Sten, or Runhild Gammelsæter’s album with Lasse Marhaug. We’re told it goes well with a heavy game of D&D or when one wants to reflect after doing the LOTR films b2b.