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FRIDA HYVÖNEN Announces New Album, “Silence Is Wild”

Having come out of a year of isolation, FRIDA HYVÖNEN paired up once again with Swedish producer Jari Haapalainen in Stockholm’s famous Atlantis studio and made her second full-length Silence Is Wild – due November 4th, 2008 on Secretly Canadian. Whereas Hyvönen’s 2006 debut Until Death Comes was lean and percussive with her distinctive oompah-styled piano and direct lyrics, Silence Is Wild stretches her voice across lush arrangements of piano, strings, choirs, and synths.

Piano-based antecedents and contemporaries such as Carole King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Plush, and Antony and the Johnsons generally feel like appropriate touchstones for discussing the Swedish singer-songwriter’s recorded work. Lyrically, however, Hyvönen is in more open waters, as she forges her own stylistic path as a songwriter. “December”, for instance, is a simple – almost banal – song about abortion that has been utterly stripped of emotion and showcases her distinct talent for political & social ambivalence. On “Pony” she flips the Smog classic “I Break Horses” on its head. Bill Callahan’s confidence bristled on the latter as he sang “I break horses / I don’t tend to them / I break horses / They seem to come to me / Asking to be broken / They seem to run to me.” On Silence Is Wild’s “Pony”, Hyvönen sings:

The stable is where you learn to
be in charge and not take shit
Dressed to the occasion
leather boots and a stiff black whip
I don’t even have to use it!
I just hold it like this;
my pony knows when she sees it
that does she not behave
she will get to taste it

On Silence is Wild, Hyvönen continues to take an utterly modern approach to classic songwriting forms: blending the confessional with the fictional; mixing wit with a sexuality that shifts from the refined to the raw; all the while using language which dances effortlessly between the timeless and the contemporary, referencing high art and pop culture in a transcendent manner which masterfully puts Hyvönen at the top of a new international class of singer-songwriters.

Check out the first mp3, “Enemy Within” from the album here!

FRIDA HYVÖNEN: Behind Closed Doors

To celebrate the first day of her European tour, Frida Hyvönen locked herself in a Dutch elevator to deliver you, dear world, the best damn keytar songs we’ve seen in a long time…too long. Enjoy.

FRIDA HYVÖNEN announces tour with Under Byen

Beginning March 2nd, Frida will embark on a 20 date US tour with fellow Scandinavians, Under Byen. Travelling from Boston, MA to Seattle, WA, Frida will be showcasing songs off her debut album, Until Death Comes and her recently finished soundtrack to Pudel (translation: Poodle); a 70 minute choreographed performance with 6 humans and 5 poodles.

The confirmed dates are:
03/02/07 Boston, MA – Museum of Fine Art w/ Under Byen
03/05/07 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom w/ Under Byen
03/07/07 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa w/ Under Byen
03/08/07 Toronto, Ontario – The Mod Club w/ Under Byen
03/09/07 Pittsburgh, PA – Andy Warhol Museum w/ Under Byen
03/10/07 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom w/ Under Byen
03/11/07 Columbus, OH – Wexner Art Center w/ Under Byen
03/12/07 Chicago, IL – Abbey Pub w/ Under Byen
03/14/07 Norman, OK – Opolis w/ Under Byen
03/18/07 Los Angeles, CA – Knitting Factory w/ Under Byen
03/19/07 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall w/ Under Byen

FRIDA HYVÖNEN descends on London, etc

After a stunning romp through the American Eastern Half, Miss Frida will be heading to the UK for a 3 day stint in London. Aftwards she’ll be debuting in several major European cities. The dates not to miss:

12/06/06 London, United Kingdom – 93 Feet East w/ Mechanical Bride
12/07/06 London, United Kingdom – Water Rats Theatre w/ Good Books
12/08/06 London, United Kingdom – ULU w/ Peter Bjorn
12/09/06 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
12/10/06 Berlin, Germany – Privatclub
12/11/06 Luzern, Switzerland – Boa Bar
12/12/06 Paris, France – Le Divan Du Monde w/ Anna Ternheim

For a taste, here’s a video of an released song from her final performance in Chicago. A song from P?del, a contemporary dance/music piece that translates to, well, Poodle.

Secretly Canadian is proud to be working with FRIDA HYVONEN

For the past 3 years, Frida has been carving a singular path through Sweden, laying to bare with her minimal piano-based songcraft. With a passionate bite and crystal voice, Frida’s debut album, Until Death Comes, features a raw home-recording feel similar to the Stones’ Beggar’s Banquet, Joni Mitchell’s Blue or Carole King’s Tapestry. Recorded mostly recorded in the legendary Atlantis studio in Stockholm and co-produced with Jari Haapalainen.

Loved in her home country, she’s just beginning to peek out into the rest of the world by touring in support of country-mates Jose Gonzalaz and the Concretes (who originally released Until Death Comes in Scandinavia on their own Licking Fingers imprint).

Frida, who has frequently toured across Europe, will now give America its chance as she traverses the US with fellow-Swede & label-mate, Jens Lekman.

07/20/06 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church*
07/21/06 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom* (SOLD OUT)
07/22/06 Boston, MA – TT The Bear’s Place*
07/23/06 Rochester, NY – Bug Jar*
07/24/06 Cleveland, OH – Beachland*
07/25/06 Cincinnati, OH – Southgate House*
07/26/06 Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck*
07/27/06 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews*
07/28/06 Minneapolis, MN – The Triple Rock*
07/29/06 Bloomington, IN – Second Story*%
*with Jens Lekman
%with Early Day Miners

MP3 for “You Never Get Me Right”

Check out her video for “The Modern” on Youtube.

Check out her video for “I Drive My Friend” on Youtube.

AUDIO

Blue Chicago Moon by Songs: Ohia
Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
All White Everything by JJ
Wedding Day by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

VIDEOS

Runaway by Electric Youth

Dynasti by JJ

Sunspot by Suuns

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Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Edition)
2XCD / 2XLP

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Moscow, RU - 16 Tons Club

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