Anna von Hausswolff
All Thoughts Fly


4.5
superb

Review

by Zig USER (9 Reviews)
September 25th, 2020 | 121 replies


Release Date: 09/25/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Anna lets her Drone-self grow full scale

After the highly acclaimed “Dead Magic” in 2018 and the consequent tour (even collaborated in Swans’ leaving meaning, in 2019), Anna von Hausswolff has established herself as one of most talented and innovative young musicians today, with her brilliance to beautifully switch between experimental rock to neoclassical ambient and her powerful vocals capable of high pitched notes, that seem to mature recently.

Now, drone has always been present in her album, maybe except for her debut. As the organ gains more space each album, “All Thoughts Fly” is a culmination of the instrumental drone organ sounds found in her two Källan EP’s, “Prototype” in 2014 and “Betatype” in 2016. Although it is a pity that Anna does not use her majestic voice, her keyboards skills never let down. Almost like a film soundtrack, the ambient and drone sounds dominate and make us fall into its immensity. Track after track, various feelings and moods are awaken in a sonorous way. The very successful orchestration full advantage of the organ and elevates its surreal qualities.

As the album starts, it seems that Anna is slowly falling asleep and gradually descends deeper into the rabbit hole. Her instrumental work is dominated by a melancholic atmosphere, that very slow chords create a pulse or a landscape. There are some experimental interventions here and there, but the focus is the different organ layers that slowly spread, some fast-melodic lines and the constant drone that never stops. The surreal qualities are always present as Anna uses the organ to travel in an infinite landscape. The record closes with an elegy, which slowly sadness seeps into the minimalist chord sequence.

All in all, "All Thoughts Fly" is exactly as the title indicates, music to be listened with an open mind and just enter its immersive atmosphere. To date, it is her best instrumental drone output. Although there are no vocals here, Anna’s amazing organ skills shine and create different landscapes. A completely different LP in her discography, but no way it’s disappointing. In fact, it’s a natural conclusion as her organ work grows each album.



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Zig
September 25th 2020


2279 Comments


Quite short review, I know. But, hey, this is a fantastic album and I had to write something.

Dettlaff
September 25th 2020


432 Comments


Last album was a masterwork in boredom. Hoping this is better.

DDDeftoneDDD
September 25th 2020


15284 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh we got a rev. lets see how this sits this time

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TundraL5Z
September 25th 2020


5588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks for the review, this album may have passed me by otherwise

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2020


22846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great rev Zig! Glad you wrote this one up!

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TundraL5Z
September 25th 2020


5588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

unfortunately this isn't quite what I was expecting, really needs drums to spice it up a bit, pos on review

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2020


6287 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

commenting to remind me to read when I'll jam the album

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JS19
September 25th 2020


7697 Comments


I'm so excited to hear this one

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2020


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice record

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theBoneyKing
September 25th 2020


19746 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Didn’t do too much for me on first spin but it’ll make solid background listening.

Trifolium
September 25th 2020


20936 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Interesting, will check this! Nice to see this reviewed.

Ryus
September 25th 2020


22091 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

liked this a lot

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Jasdevi087
September 25th 2020


6514 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2020


2176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this was great, played in the background while i did some studying & was perfect for that

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porcupinetheater
September 25th 2020


4912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Super curious how this turned out, gotta respect coming out with something like this right after hitting the wider audience with Dead Magic

Deathconscious
September 25th 2020


25781 Comments


She needs to stop Haussling wolffs, its mean and dangerous.

theBoneyKing
September 25th 2020


19746 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really interesting how she’s gone from relatively straightforward singer/songwriter to this. Part of me feels like this isn’t meant as a proper follow-up to Dead Magic but that’s probably just a personal bias against ambient/drone music.

Zig
September 25th 2020


2279 Comments


Thanks for the feature ;)

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2020


20675 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Last album was a masterwork in boredom. Hoping this is better."

lmao good luck buddy

oltnabrick
September 26th 2020


40090 Comments


got to check this

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