Lovers Dream and More Music For Psychotic Lovers
Anna Ternheim is a major singer-songwriter talent in Sweden, but is almost unknown in the UK, and that is a real shame, as her albums so far reveal a singer with a rare ability to tell a story honestly. Her voice, tinged with a Swedish accent, is on the right side of dusky, and avoids the histrionics of Maria McKee or Bjork, while engaging much more deeply than Norah Jones or Madeleine Peyroux.
Lovers Dream is an EP follow up to Separation Road, her best album so far, and edges more towards drama, but coolly and sweetly. The opening, title song, with Fyfe Dangerfield of The Guillemots, is a classically dark duet - it is a perfect scene-setter for the rest of the disc. The music is innovative and fresh - like an early Suzanne Vega mixed with Mazzy Star, or maybe a more laid-back Cardigans - no over-reliance on strummed guitar and piano among the Tom Waits-like instrumentation. Lovers Dreams would be a great place to start an Anna Ternheim journey. You will have a head start on the rest of the UK - there is no rational reason that she's not widely-known here already.