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lisa o piu announce debut album
August 13, 2009, 9:30 am
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130809_lisaopiu1New Swedish delicacy coming our way in October

Lisa O Piu may be lagging a few years behind the prime of the psych-folk revival but their debut album When This Was The Future is another gem that’s worthy of comparisons to venerable oldies like Vashti Bunyan and Linda Perhacs, as well as their musical descendants Fern Knight and Joanna Newsom. But this is not New Weird America; Lisa O Piu are a Swedish quintet fronted by the captivating Lisa Isaksson. The Latin word “Più” roughly translates to “more”, while the O (short for “och”, the Swedish word for “and”) is a hangover from Lisa’s solo project Lisa O Lillportan, “lillportan” being a colloquial word for her four-track recorder. Her first recording, Cantering, was one of those excruciatingly limited CD-Rs that went out of print so fast that most people didn’t even have time to blink. There were 30 copies made. We’re not even kidding. But even if we never get to hear it, Cantering certainly set the agenda, not least with laying bare Lisa’s lifetime passion for horses.

Following the release of their debut single, ‘Waves, Whisperers, Hunters & Sailors’ (popular in Scotland, apparently), Lisa and her friends ventured to an archipelago north of Stockholm to start work on When This Was The Future with the midnight sun snapping at their consciousness. The flawless production comes from Dungen’s Mattias Gustavsson, who succeeds in bringing out the best and most chilling elements of Lisa’s delicate voice. The album is already out in Sweden; Subliminal Sounds will do the honours in the UK on October 26th.


When This Was The Future
01 Cinnamon Sea
02 Forest Echo
03 Traitor
04 The Party
05 Two
06 Equatorial Changes
07 Älvans Vid Kolarkojan
08 And So On

Alan Pedder

‘The Party’


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