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Changing Of The Seasons

Ane Brun

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The title track of Ane Brun's fourth studio album (only her second U.S. release), "Changing of the Seasons" makes reference to all four -- "the relief of spring, the intoxication of summer rain, the clearness of fall, how winter makes me reconsider it all" -- but there's no question that this is music for the more pensive and bittersweet of seasonal shifts: the onset of autumn, the drift into winter. As we often do when the weather draws us inward, these poetically tender songs contemplate the comforts and challenges of togetherness and solitude, reflecting on relationships with a mix of resignation and sweetness, a mature emotionalism that is no less poignant for its reassurance and composure. Brun's keenly observed relationship songs turn on touchingly deployed metaphors (love as a jigsaw puzzle; a faded daydream of tree house domesticity; the emotional armor of a reticent lover turned tangible and rusty) and moments of subtle emotional shifts: restless disenchantment dispelled by a waking lover's instinctive embrace; the difference between asking someone never to leave and realizing that the asking is irrelevant. She invests isolation with a comparable complexity, variously plucking up her bruised confidence ("Raise My Head"), honing in on the fleeting seconds of unexpected calm amid bouts of anxiety ("Ten Seconds"), surrendering to find solace in the recordings of Gillian Welch (and Norwegian ambient producer Biosphere), and offering a curiously soothing fatalism in the lovely "Lullaby for Grownups." Befitting the ruminative tone of the words, the music strikes a balance between sparsity and lushness, augmenting Brun's acoustic guitar with touches of marimba, bouzouki, and piano as well as elegant, enveloping string arrangements, many of them by rising star Nico Muhly. At the center of it all is Brun's curious and affecting voice, conveying the blend of expressiveness and restraint that these songs seem to invite, and recalling vocalists as disparate as Dolly Parton, Joni Mitchell, and Tori Amos, sometimes all at once. A thoroughly captivating work from an undeniable talent.
© K. Ross Hoffman /TiVo

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1
The Treehouse Song
00:03:22

Ane Brun, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Valgeir Sigurdsson, Producer

℗ 2007 Balloon Ranger Recordings AB

2
The Fall
00:03:41

Ane Brun, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Valgeir Sigurdsson, Producer

℗ 2007 Balloon Ranger Recordings AB

3
The Puzzle
00:02:54

Ane Brun, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Valgeir Sigurdsson, Producer

℗ 2007 Balloon Ranger Recordings AB

4
My Star
00:03:02

Ane Brun, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Valgeir Sigurdsson, Producer

℗ 2007 Balloon Ranger Recordings AB

5
Ten Seconds
00:03:19

Ane Brun, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Valgeir Sigurdsson, Producer

℗ 2007 Balloon Ranger Recordings AB

6
Changing Of The Seasons
00:04:47

Ane Brun, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Valgeir Sigurdsson, Producer

℗ 2007 Balloon Ranger Recordings AB

7
Lullaby For Grown-ups
00:03:42

Ane Brun, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Valgeir Sigurdsson, Producer

℗ 2007 Balloon Ranger Recordings AB

8
Raise My Head
00:03:05

Ane Brun, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Valgeir Sigurdsson, Producer

℗ 2007 Balloon Ranger Recordings AB

9
Armour
00:03:50

Ane Brun, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Valgeir Sigurdsson, Producer

℗ 2007 Balloon Ranger Recordings AB

10
Round Table Conference
00:03:39

Ane Brun, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Valgeir Sigurdsson, Producer

℗ 2007 Balloon Ranger Recordings AB

11
Gillian
00:03:30

Ane Brun, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Valgeir Sigurdsson, Producer

℗ 2007 Balloon Ranger Recordings AB

12
Don't Leave
00:04:04

Ane Brun, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Valgeir Sigurdsson, Producer

℗ 2007 Balloon Ranger Recordings AB

13
Linger With Pleasure
00:02:52

Ane Brun, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Valgeir Sigurdsson, Producer

℗ 2007 Balloon Ranger Recordings AB

14
True Colors
00:02:20

Billy Steinberg, ComposerLyricist - Kelly, ComposerLyricist - Ane Brun, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Balloon Ranger Recordings AB, distributed by Universal Music AB

15
Big In Japan
00:03:09

Marian Gold, ComposerLyricist - Bernhard Lloyd, Composer - Frank Mertens, Composer - Ane Brun, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Balloon Ranger Recordings AB, distributed by Universal Music AB

Album Description

The title track of Ane Brun's fourth studio album (only her second U.S. release), "Changing of the Seasons" makes reference to all four -- "the relief of spring, the intoxication of summer rain, the clearness of fall, how winter makes me reconsider it all" -- but there's no question that this is music for the more pensive and bittersweet of seasonal shifts: the onset of autumn, the drift into winter. As we often do when the weather draws us inward, these poetically tender songs contemplate the comforts and challenges of togetherness and solitude, reflecting on relationships with a mix of resignation and sweetness, a mature emotionalism that is no less poignant for its reassurance and composure. Brun's keenly observed relationship songs turn on touchingly deployed metaphors (love as a jigsaw puzzle; a faded daydream of tree house domesticity; the emotional armor of a reticent lover turned tangible and rusty) and moments of subtle emotional shifts: restless disenchantment dispelled by a waking lover's instinctive embrace; the difference between asking someone never to leave and realizing that the asking is irrelevant. She invests isolation with a comparable complexity, variously plucking up her bruised confidence ("Raise My Head"), honing in on the fleeting seconds of unexpected calm amid bouts of anxiety ("Ten Seconds"), surrendering to find solace in the recordings of Gillian Welch (and Norwegian ambient producer Biosphere), and offering a curiously soothing fatalism in the lovely "Lullaby for Grownups." Befitting the ruminative tone of the words, the music strikes a balance between sparsity and lushness, augmenting Brun's acoustic guitar with touches of marimba, bouzouki, and piano as well as elegant, enveloping string arrangements, many of them by rising star Nico Muhly. At the center of it all is Brun's curious and affecting voice, conveying the blend of expressiveness and restraint that these songs seem to invite, and recalling vocalists as disparate as Dolly Parton, Joni Mitchell, and Tori Amos, sometimes all at once. A thoroughly captivating work from an undeniable talent.
© K. Ross Hoffman /TiVo

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