Hi Ane, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m fine now, it’s been a couple of weird months, in a semi lockdown in Oslo, Norway. I think it’s been a time filled with every human emotion after another.. but luckily normality has slightly returned to Oslo, yet still so different from just three months ago.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Song For Thrill And Tom”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song? How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It’s a song I wrote a while back, before I was planning for the 2020 album. I was inspired to write about one of my dear friends and her great love, because it was such a complex and passionate story. He tragically past away two years ago, but lived to hear it, and approved of it. I sometimes write about other people’s stories or feelings.. but it always goes through my own filters. It’s like when I write music for film or theatre.. I enter the characters and try to imagine how I would feel..
The video itself is a stream of black and white stills from my dear friend from the song. So the song is about her through my filters, and the video is her interpretation through her photos of this song about her, which is a pretty unique circular artistic collaboration I guess!
How was the recording and writing process?
The actual writing of this song was pretty easy, as I remember it. The story came to me as it sometimes does, almost like feeling “connected” to a source that keeps the words flowing to me. The melody and the words more or less came at the same time as I had already sketched the piano chords.. I remember it as one of the easy song writing moments. The recording was intimate in a small studio in Stockholm, and I laid down the lead vocals at my house on my own. The choir arrangement in this song is one of my favorite musical moments of the upcoming album. It was originally written for The Swedish Radio Choir when I did a few shows with them last year. This time I wanted pop voices to sing the same arrangement and asked four wonderful Stockholm based artists to help me out . Among them town of my good friends Jennie Abrahamson and Linnea Olsson (who both have toured the world with Peter Gabriel as I did a few years ago)
What role does Sweden play in your music?
I’ve lived almost 20 years in Sweden, building my career there and experimenting with my sound with Swedish musicians and co producers. I’ve been a part of the Swedish Music Scene, but always on my own terms through my own label Balloon Ranger Recs. I’m sure Sweden has had an enormous impact on my music but also on my self-esteem and ambition, as Swedes are known to try and also succeed in conquering the world with their music!
Has it been easy for you to move away from your hometown and take your music elsewhere?
I didn’t actually play music when i still lived in Molde, Norway. I moved when i was 19 and started playing and writing music a couple of years later. Even though I did record some demos in Norway before I moved to Stockholm in 2000, everything really started in Sweden, and I’ve build it from there.
Do you tend to borrow inspiration from all the people and cultures you’ve gotten to meet along the way?
I love “dipping my toes” in different genres and sounds.. but I don’t feel like jumping all in, since I believe that it’s the dipping that makes the unique blend with what an artist already brings in to her music.
You’ve also gotten to work with other people on the industry – do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
I guess in collaborations you’d have to keep a space for the other artist to express their full potential, but I often feel that this makes it very interesting, and can bring out new sides and potentials in both me and the person I’m working with. It all depends on who’s song it is though, there’s always a mutual respect when it comes to fulfilling the songwriters so vision for the song.
How’s your new album coming along?
My new album is finished! The final mastered track is coming in this week! It’s been an amazing process, working since September 2019. It’s been difficult at times, but also mostly quite amazing and easy! Some songs took a few turns and came back different than I had planned from the start, but now they’re all “home” where they’re supposed to be. Can’t wait for it to be out.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Depending on how everything goes with the pandemic, we’re releasing either early or late Fall 2020.
How much personal will you hope or attempt to go on this record?
It’s pretty personal, as are all my albums (except the covers album perhaps) But I always try to write music for everyone to interpret through their own perspectives, I hope I’ve made that possible this time as well.
Any plans to hit the road?
We have an extensive European tour booked for 2020, but chances are that it will be postponed, we’ll see.
What else is happening next in Ane Brun’s world?
I’m spending a lot of time in Norway again, after twenty years abroad, in Sweden. I’ve found my love and partner in a person from my small home town who lives here in Oslo, so now I’m back to my roots and loving it, actually! So considering the state of the world, I’m in a good personal place.