Edda Magnason

Edda Magnason

 Malmö, Skåne, SWE
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The pianist, singer and songwriter Edda Magnason grew up in the countryside of southern Sweden. Her father comes from Iceland. Her distinctive piano playing moves us through cities and jungles, down to the harbor where the trawlers are leaving for Japan.

Biography

Open the cover and take out the salmon pink booklet with the black print of Edda Magnasons second album – “Goods”. Sit back and immerse yourself in another reality. Just like on the last album, Edda guides you around with her vivid lyrics and her adventurous voice, but on "Goods" it's no longer just Edda's piano playing that forms the musical backbone; now there's full orchestration, strange keyboards, electric sitars and choirs of Russian sailors.

The music moves us through cities and jungles, down to the harbor where the trawlers are leaving for Japan. Edda's distinctive piano playing leads us into back streets with garbage dumps and magpies' nests. From a disco booms "Handsome" from the dance floor, and then we're taken out on a sailing trip over rolling waves, escalating up to the star strewn "Ancient Star My Innocent Heart".

Edda's lyrics are primarily depictions; sometimes they are magical situations from everyday life, sometimes whole stories are being told. In the playful lyrics you can occasionally even sense a political undertone, as in "Magpie's Nest":

"The reapers wrap the crops in silk and put it on a cargo ship / They open up another tin with baked beans, for dinner, breakfast and for lunch / The artists sell their love songs to baby diapers, jeans and cars / And deep down into the garbage, I found a golden cookie jar"

Sometimes there are no words at all and then the music tells the whole story, as in “Hur Jag Föreställer Mig Det Är Att Segla (How I Imagine Sailing)” or the song "Camera" where the single line, "Have you seen the world in that one million camera?" transports us to a new place on earth each time it is sung.

"I had all the lyrics and the music ready, but tried to avoid getting stuck in carefully thought out arrangements before coming to the studio. In the best of partnerships it's not about two people's isolated wills; it's about getting into a shared mindset which makes both people think up new ideas. This is how I have experienced working with Christoffer," says Edda about her collaboration with Christoffer Lundquist with whom she produced the album.

"Recording this album has almost been too much fun to talk about - it's so much easier to discuss things that have gone wrong! The recording situation has been exciting the whole time - all the original keyboards in the studio, for example, have meant that we didn't need to break off and search through interminable samples to find the best ones. That sort of thing takes energy from recording and stops the flow. "Goods" is more reminiscent in many ways of the recordings I did with my portastudio in my teens, than the last album that I recorded with Caprice on Nybrokajen in Stockholm."

Edda has made the album cover herself and worked on it while recording the album.

"Some illustrations I did when I wrote the songs. Others came when we were ready with arranging them. The flamenco dancer for "One Man Show" was made after a morning in the studio when we'd created our own Riverdance. In "Falling Alseep To A Kitchen Conversation", the picture came first and then the song.”

The pianist, singer and songwriter Edda Magnason grew up in the countryside of southern Sweden. Her father comes, as her name suggests, from Iceland. Her self-titled debut album was released in 2010 and her second album “Goods” is out now.

"Edda Magnason" was one of the best albums of 2010 according to Svenska Dagbladet:
"A stylish and quirky melting pot of jazz, folk, pop. Edda Magnason emerges as a musical personality of great stature, intuitive, intelligent and poetic. Lyrics, composition, vocals, piano playing, arrangement – everything is at a high artistic level. "
Ingrid Strömdahl

Sydsvenskan gave her debut album 4 out of 5:
"Elegant, charming and deeply personal. Edda Magnason serves playful and precisely balanced songs, with a voice and brilliant piano playing that have been interwoven into an organic whole. "
Alexander Agrell

Discography

ALBUM

* Goods
Cat. No: arcd 127
Released: 2011

1. Camera
2. Blondie
3. Beatle
4. Magpie´s Nest
5. Handsome
6. Hur Jag Föreställer Mig Det Är Att Segla (How I Imagine Sailing)
7. Ancient Star My Innocent Heart
8. Falling Asleep To A Kitchen Conversation
9. Sound Of Arrivals
10. One Man Show
11. Jormine

* Edda Magnason
Released: 2010

1. Swirl
2. Ropewalking
3. Drömde Jag Var Hund
4. Ali
5. Playbird
6. Snow
7. The Blue Hour
8. Niece
9. Patience
10. Boats
11. Sweet And Sour
12. Emmigrants
13. Goodbye Song

SINGLES

* Blondie

Cat. No: arweb 131
Released: 2011
From Album: Goods

* Handsome
Hi on radio rotation chart in Scandinavia

Cat. No: arweb 125
Released: 2011
From Album: Goods

* Snow

Released: 2010
From Album: Edda Magnason
From album Edda Magnason