The Swedish Anna von Hausswolff proved her extraordinary talent as a singer and songwriter with a tendency to experiment and gloom with her work "Ceremony" in 2013. Now she returns as Hydras Dream with her compatriot, the award-winning film composer Matti Bye ("The Centennial who rose out of the window and disappeared"). With their project the artists want to "translate stories, films and myths into [...] musical landscapes". This time they took care of Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairy tale "The little girl with the sulfur woods" about a starving and freezing child. "Hypothermia and death are the only comfort zones we experience in history," explain Hydras Dream, "tragedy and beauty are rarely closer." One could not describe the music of the two more aptly. The sound layers created by artificially generated classical instruments, in conjunction with Hausswolff's voice, which she uses like a further timbre, actually convey iciness and the hallucination of warmth that follows frostbite death. One cannot dive deeper into a story, more intensively one cannot make it experiencable in its tragedy.
Top track: Grandma's Appearance