Isabella Lundgren - Where is home. (2016)

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Isabella Lundgren - Where is home. (2016)

Isabella Lundgren - Where is home. (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 326.41 Mb | 54:41 | Scans included
Vocal Jazz | Label: Ladybird (79556842)

I am sitting at a wooden table in the basement of the Scala theater in Stockholm. I am watching Isabella Lundgren from afar. Everywhere around us the party is swirling and swaying back and forth. Her party. An after party if you will, after her concert at the Stockholm Concert hall, which she sold out entirely on her own. Last time I was at the concert hall was when Patti Smith held a concert there after receiving the Polar Music Prize, it was not sold out. An hour ago Isabella held a somewhat sacred and rather magical concert with her own material, backed by a full classical orchestra. The seated audience applauded enthusiastically but politely.

They were dressed up the way middle age people dress up for the theater. In Scala’s basement the mood in inverted. A wild band is blowing Dixie as underage girls spill Jack and Coke over their music-school-attending boyfriends and the in Sweden mandatory thick winter coats are trampled on the floor. In front of the stage the sweat is dripping down from the ceiling. It is crowded and rowdy and hot. Isabella has a smile on her face and her adopted Romanian street dog in her arms. She is standing a little to the side, watching the party with mild amusement. She is drinking a non alcoholic cider. Out of the sea of people Rigmor Gustafsson emerges to thank Isabella. The Swedish jazz queen Rigmor has stars in her eyes. She gives Isabella, what seems to be, at least from where I am sitting, an overwhelming review. As they are holding each others arms I think of a moment I have only read about. When Johnny Cash made his way over to Bob Dylan after a concert in the late sixties, to give to him his finest acoustic guitar. I think of that and I think of this. An equivalent of that moment. A passing of the torch if you will. There it is, torch passed. They even hail from the same town.

I first heard Isabella Lundgren sing in a music high school practice room in that town. Karlstad in rural Sweden. As I recall her voice then it sounded just like it does now. And I think she was only fifteen years old at the time. She already had that voice. An old voice. With a tear in it. A voice that had seen the bottom of the glass and the top of the world. A voice that had laughed its way through the night in a taxi with it’s fingers in a strangers hair. A voice that had thrown it all away and had to face its gaze in the mirror the morning after. A voice that had felt love. And seen hate. Though it was, at that time, a voice like a bird in a cage. That mostly had been secluded to a teenage girls bedroom, with her mothers jazz records, in an apartment building opposite a gas station and a McDonalds restaurant. A voice that had been singing for thousands of hours accompanied by her Cd-Walkman underneath black and white posters of the Manhattan skyline. A voice that maybe hadn’t lived but had longed to live. I started talking to that voice on the phone for hours on end. For we longed for the same things. We talked and talked, like only teenagers can, about our restless longing. About Bob Dylan and about old movies. About everything that had to happened and about everything that mustn’t. We longed to live and we longed to leave. She left before me. On a full scholarship to the New School University for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. She ended up in New Jersey at first, at some remote relatives house, but she told a lie about having found another place to stay, in the city with a classmate, and again she did leave. A white lie from someone who had been longing. Longing to throw herself out from safety and into life with no safety net. And from what I heard, it was a hard fall. As hard as falls can become for someone who’s been longing. Longing for the night and the stage and the love. Longing for friendship and avenues and smoky clubs and bars. Longing for laughter and random encounters and booze and sex and dope. When she finally came back to Europe she was another. Wise somehow, beyond her years. She was still only twenty five but she had, it seemed, lived five lifetimes. She had found her faith and lost it. Dealt with her longing and her limitlessness. And it took time but she did start to sing again. To use the voice. Harness it. She had so many things to tell. And she now knew that music had to mean more. More than entertainment. It had to mean something real. She started writing her own material. Political, raw, and absolutely beautiful. With that same voice. Sometimes the girl have to catch up to the voice. Sometimes the woman first must live what the voice long have told. ~ Anton Annersand, Stockholm, 2017

Where is home.
”And today the whole world will blow up, and why?
Because of too much power!
The monopoly of power is a menace to freedom. It degrades and victimizes every individual.
And where is the individual?
Lost in terror because he is made to hate instead of love. If civilization is to survive we must combat power until the dignity and peace of man are restored.”
These words are an outtake from Charlie Chaplins movie A King in New York from 1957. Like his movie, this album wants to celebrate the concept of freedom and wishes for humanity to question the visible or invisible authorities that govern and control our lives. Wether they be the government, our fellow humans or our individual demons. The music is a product of our bands beautiful friendship, but most of all, it is a product of our belief in music as a powerful and peaceful tool, to perhaps change the world… at least a little bit.
I sincerely hope that somewhere and somehow it can land in you´re hearts.
With love/ Isabella Lundgren

Isabella Lundgren - vocals
Carl Bagge - piano
Niklas Fernqvist - bass
Daniel Fredriksson - drums

Track List:
01. Anomie (4:38)
02. Penitential Rite (4:00)
03. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (2:32)
04. The Love of Which You'll Read (6:50)
05. Not the Opposite (4:11)
06. Where Is Home (7:26)
07. What You Already Are (5:36)
08. Omnipotence (3:14)
09. Conditioned (3:37)
10. On Liberty (6:14)
11. Fear and Trembling (6:23)

Isabella Lundgren - Where is home. (2016)

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