Anna von Hausswolff is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, and pianist from Sweden who made her Top Five hit album debut with Singing from the Grave in 2010. Born on September 6, 1986, in Gothenburg, Sweden, she is the daughter of world-renowned sound artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff. She made her performance debut in 2008. Her performance at the Way Out West Festival in Gothenburg the following year established her as an up-and-coming talent on the Swedish alternative music scene. In association with the independent label Kning Disk, von Hausswolff made her commercial recording debut with the Track of Time EP in 2010. It was well-received by critics, who drew comparisons to singer/songwriters Kate Bush and Antony Hegarty, among others. The critical acclaim showered upon von Hausswolff set the stage for the breakout success of her full-length debut a couple months later. Produced by Henryk Lipp, Singing from the Grave was a Top Five hit on the Swedish albums chart. She moved to Denmark and switched up her musical and sonic palettes (she recorded most of the record with a church organ as her primary instrument) on 2012's Ceremony, which was released first in Sweden and then as an international release seven months later. The album was acclaimed in sources as diverse as the New York Times, NPR, and in heavy metal magazines.
After select performances -- including one in Brooklyn, New York -- Hausswolff returned to the studio. In the fall of 2015, she released the video singles "Evocation" and "Come Wander with Me/Deliverance" as precursors to November's The Miraculous, a song cycle that touched on everything from gothic folk and pop music to black and death metal -- her massive pipe organ and vocals fronted a well-chosen backing band of rock and classical instrumentalists.
In 2017 she brought U.S. producer Randall Dunn to Copenhagen for nine days of sessions with her band and a 20th century pipe organ at Marmorkirken, Copenhagen's gorgeous marble rococo church. In December, she announced an album with a few cryptic details, the album title -- Dead Magic -- its cover, a poem by Sweden's Walter Ljungquist, and the doom-laden single "The Mysterious Vanishing of Elektra," followed by its video in January. In February, she dropped another track, "The Truth, The Glow, The Fall." The full-length Dead Magic was issued in early March of 2018. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi