Ane Brun sounds like a Scandinavian folk fairy, or a Dolly Parton and Bjork collaboration. She's been doing good in Scandinavia, with her recently released "Changing of the Seasons" album entering the Scandinavian charts at #1. Her guitar picks while her voice zithers like an autoharp, and critics are praising her girlish but strong tone. There's sincerity in every rise and fall of her voice, and despite their austerity, the instruments that play behind her sound almost strange and foreign to what you might normally hear but amazing melodic and comforting.
Her video for "The Puzzle" plays like a Terrence Malick film. There are well-directed shots of wheat grass by the shore, quaking waters, and a broken guitar with missing strings. All the while, Ane Brun's voice plays in the background with such vocal and lyrical expression that you feel like you're listening to musical folklore.
"The Puzzle" video
Download: "The Fall" [mp3]