Memory Lane (released on June 3, 2013) is the latest album to showcase the visionary folk of Norwegian songstress Anne Marie Almedal.
“Memory Lane” is a sweeping collection of songs, timeless in sound, a panorama of nostalgia, with flashes of psych-folk, cinematic classicism all wrapped up in Anne Marie’s powerful voice. Her personal history takes in stints with art-rock groups, features with the likes of Dazed And Confused, long tours and long days – but as she settled in Norway with producer, and British husband, Nicholas, they began to collaborate on a more intimate sound – one influenced by seminal folk records, acoustic instrumentation and the icy, spectral surroundings of their adopted hometown.
From the subtle, sparse production twinned to a beautiful melody of opener “Back To Where It Started” right through to closer “The Wanderers”, the album skits back and forth between the organic sounds of their 60’s and 70’s folk influences through to a telling sign to their location – a confident approach to modern pop warmth twinned with the dark, introspective lyrics that the Scandinavians have been doing so well in recent years, the confidence is unmistakable. The record contains both hooks and heart, a testament to Anne Marie’s songwriting and vocal skills.
Already building further success in her home country of Norway, the support of legendary producer John Wood and folk legend Danny Thompson should help her find a place amongst the folk audience and wider in the UK too.