Back in the Swing of Things

I know it’s been a while… and I’m sorry. I’ve been rather busy and distracted lately with not a lot of time to write (or listen really). I’m hoping things can get back to normal a little from this point forward with a couple of posts a week. I’ve stockpiled some great new music recently, and I still have some stuff in the hopper that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while. I’m going to do my best to get “back in the swing of things” from here on out.

In fact, here’s a song called “Swing of Things” from Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnnie Irion (pictured above).

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion: Swing of Things (Buy Album)

The true purpose of today’s post, however, is to introduce you to Theresa Andersson… one of the aforementioned artists that I’ve been meaning to share for a while.

Andersson is a singer/songwriter from Sweden who now lives in New Orleans where she recorded her 2008 album Hummingbird, Go! in the kitchen of her apartment. What makes her unique is the way she plays and records her music.

When you hear Andersson’s music for the first time, you envision a stage full of musicians… drums, back-up singers, violins, guitars… the whole bit. What you don’t know is that she does it all by herself, all at once. Andersson uses loop pedals to record snippets of drum beats, vocal scales, guitar riffs, hand claps, and just about anything else she can fit in. As a result, she becomes a one woman show by building complex rhythms and harmonies on stage piece by piece until all the parts blend together into a whole.

Andersson played Tennessee Shines in March with Scott Miller, Donna the Buffalo, and The Gourds. I’m sorry I didn’t share her music with you then, but I simply wasn’t aware of her then. When I listened to her performance on Tennessee Shines, I thought I heard something familiar in her songs. After checking back through my inbox, I realized that I had been alerted to her music several months earlier before the release of Hummingbird, Go!

It was my mistake for not sharing her with you then… or before Tennessee Shines… or after. I’m hoping to fix that mistake now.

Here’s a track from Hummingbird, Go! called “Birds Fly Away” along with a YouTube video of Theresa Andersson performing “Na Na Na” in the same kitchen where she recorded her album.

Theresa Andersson: Birds Fly Away (Buy Album)

One Response to “Back in the Swing of Things”

  1. Very interesting. Not quite sure what to make of it, though.

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