Three years have passed since Frida Ånnevik released her critically acclaimed second album “Ville ord”, for which she won a Spellemannspris (Norwegian Grammy) for the year’s best lyrics. She was later nominated for another Spellemannspris together with the group In the Country for the album “Skogenes Sang”, featuring poems by Hans Børli, and presented memorable interpretations of Alf Prøysen’s songs on the album “Lyden av Prøysen”. Now, at last, she is once again releasing an album of her own songs: lovely, catchy and touching, with pop lyrics that plumb unusually profound depths. She herself calls the album a status report in song form. “Her bor” is her best album so far.
Originality and precision
“I don’t want to hear people describe me as ‘understated’ any more,” Frida says. “And I feel as though I never have been. I could have called it Hedmark-fado right from the start, to describe what is vibrating, what is simmering under the surface.” Frida’s lyrics are often commented on, and not without reason. “I want my lyrics to take on many forms of expression, and to have many meanings at the same time,” she explains. “I want the lyrics to get through to the listener, while they are also open to different interpretations.” On “Her bor” the breadth of the lyrics is greater than ever. She writes with originality and precision about being part of a couple, about seeing oneself. She pays homage to heroes; she writes about the importance of what seems insignificant, and about simply existing. Some of her lyrics pack more of a political punch than previously, with a clearer sting. Among other things, a powerful new version of Lars Klevstrand/Rudolf Nilsen’s “Storbynatt” is included on the album.
Less brooding and more intuitive
Frida produced the album together with Kåre Chr. Vestrheim, and is backed by a creative and highly experienced band with strongly individual voices. She says that she had much more fun in the studio with this album. There was less brooding, it was more intuitive, and decisions were made more quickly. “I am slowly getting to the point where the music is becoming what I want it to be,” Frida says. “I am starting to get control over it; in other words, when something happens that is beyond my control I’m starting to like it. Before it only made me nervous.” At the same time as she recorded “Her bor”, Frida Ånnevik also recorded a “sister album”, a new album that is closely tied to “Her bor” and is planned to be released in 2017.
About Frida Ånnevik
Frida Ånnevik comes from Ridabu, near Hamar. She immediately became a name to take note of when her debut album, “Synlige hjerteslag”, was released in 2010. Her low-key “pop in an open landscape”, her unique voice and her original lyrics garnered critical acclaim and a broad audience. “Synlige hjerteslag” was named the best Norwegian-language album of the year by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s programme “Norsk på Norsk” on the radio station P1, and was featured on lists of the year’s best albums by the TV show “Lydverket” and the newspaper Vårt Land, among others. Ånnevik was nominated for a Spellemannspris, the Norwegian Grammy, both as newcomer of the year and in the folk category. She also received the Vidar Sandbeck Cultural Award, “Regnbågåbrua”, and the Norwegian Lyricist Fund’s “Lyspunkt” award for new artists. Since her previous album was released she has won a Spellemannspris for her album “Ville Ord”, the Prøysen Prize, the Hedmark County Cultural Prize and the Neshornpris, a cultural award from the newspaper Klassekampen. Release concerts: 3 November Gregers, Hamar 4 November Parkteatret, Oslo