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Anne Marie Almedal

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It’s difficult to know quite where to start, when faced writing a simple biography about Anne Marie Almedal.

With a career spanning over 30 years, as a Norwegian vocalist/singer-songwriter, she’s been sometimes described as a “shoegaze chanteuse”, “folk-pop femme fatale”, “indie songbird”, “female Nick Drake”, and almost every possible term deemed appropriate by bedazzled music journalists, or her loyal following of besotted fans.

 

“her voice has all the innate beauty of a Mary Hopkins or a Sandy Denny and the breathless presentation of Kate Bush” (Music-News.com)

 

“Anne Marie Almedal’s voice is diaphanous and translucent, an astonishing instrument and she knows exactly how to use it” (The Afterword)

 

“With effortless grace and precision, Anne Marie’s vocal delivery is transportive and enveloping, conveying a life-affirming message of love, and the nostalgic innocence of a childlike heart” (Post-Punk.com)

 

Anne Marie Almedal’s career began back in Kristiansand, southern Norway fronting the Norwegian dream-pop band Velvet Belly, who released a handful of other-wordly albums from 1992-2003 (BMG/RCA). The band reached out far and wide, from across the North Sea, and yet somehow never quite managed to achieve the mainstream success they fully deserved.

As well as being a much sought-after featured guest vocalist in a spotless catalogue of releases, as well as a number of film & TV soundtracks, it wasn’t until 2007 that Anne Marie Almedal began her flourishing solo career. 

 

Anne Marie Almedal has so far released five solo albums

“The Siren and The Sage” (2007), “Blue Sky Blue” (2010), “Memory Lane” (2012), “Lightshadow” (2018), and most recently, “We Dance Alone” (2022).

 

Over the years, her albums, songs and live performances have wowed and fluttered in a widescreen panorama of sound and style; from intimate folk-pop to sensual folktronica, euphoric indie-pop to daring dream-pop. All, with her unique vocals, heartfelt lyrics and presence taking centre stage.

 

Anne Marie Almedal is perhaps best-known in Norway for her theme song to the iconic “Himmelblå” TV series, which, still to this day, remains one of the most-viewed Norwegian TV dramas ever and a timeless folk-pop evergreen on Norwegian radio.

 

Anne Marie’s emotive, self-penned songs, as well as her stunning cover versions, have also appeared in a vast number of film & TV soundtrack placements around the world. This has allowed her music, and back catalogue to be continually discovered by wider audiences, allured by the mystery of this siren’s song.

 

As a featured guest vocalist, Anne Marie Almedal has also appeared on a wide range of other fine artist releases and collaborations, in the echelons of avant-pop, folk, jazz, and electronica. 

 

Over the years, Anne Marie has seldomly performed live as a solo artist, more focused on her love affair with the microphone, studio adventures, and family life; a somewhat familiar trait with many of the artists she has been inspired by, and often alluded to; Kate Bush, Talk Talk, Nick Drake, Tracey Thorn (amongst others). However, she has, played a number of select gigs and festivals in and around Norway, The UK, and occasional dates in Europe; whenever inclined to promote a new release. 

 

Her discography (see below) should hopefully provide further information to both fans, aspiring and casual listeners, as well as providing a more detailed insight into the ‘who’s who’ of wonderful musicians, engineers, programmers, friends and collaborations Anne Marie has encountered along the way. 

 

All of Anne Marie Almedal’s solo albums have been produced by Nicholas Sillitoe, her partner and champion. All priority releases for +47.

Photo: Ola & Zyna Røyseland.

Listen to
Anne Marie Almedal

Anne Marie Almedal - We Dance Alone
Anne Marie Almedal - Lovesong
Anne Marie Almedal - You Keep Me At Arm's Length
Anne Marie Almedal - Lightshadow Live Sessions Volume 1
Anne Marie Almedal - Lightshadow Live Sessions Volume 2
Anne Marie Almedal - Come Wander With Me | Musikkvideo | Mer Film
Anne Marie Almedal - Winter Song
Anne Marie Almedal - Memory Lane
Anne Marie Almedal - Himmelblå (Live At Aladdin)
Anne Marie Almedal - Safe From Harm (Promo film)
Anne Marie Almedal - Dawn Chorus (Live at Aladdin)
Anne Marie Almedal - Show More Love (Live at Aladdin)
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Artist Releases
(in chronological order)
 

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Memory Lane.jpg
Winter Song.jpg
Come Wander With Me,jpg
Sheltering Sky.jpg
You Keep Me At Arm's Length.jpg
Lovesong.jpg
Lightshadow.jpg
Into The Shadows.jpg
We Dance Alone Single.jpg
Once Upon A Time.jpg
Breathing In Breathing Out.jpg
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Anne Marie Almedal - The Siren And The Sage

Format: CD/Digital album

Cat#: 5051442-4055-2-1

© 2007

 

1.   The First Picture Of You

2.   Trouble

3.   Monterosso

4.   Since Yesterday

5.   Joy

6.   Scarlet

7.   Heaven

8.   Southern Sky

9.   Morning ‘71

10. Listen

11. Happy Ending

 

Credits: 

All tracks written by Anne Marie Almedal & Nicholas Sillitoe.

Published by: Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

 

Except: “The First Picture Of You” (Gerald Quinn, Jeremy Kelly, Peter Coyle – Warner/Chappell Music & BMG Music Publishing) & “Since Yesterday” (Jill Bryson, Rose McDowall – Warner/Chappell Music).

 

Additional Info: 

Produced by Nicholas Sillitoe.

Recorded and mixed with Øystein Aamodt at Lydbølgen, Kristiansand.

 

Musicians:

Anne Marie Almedal (Vocals), Nicholas Sillitoe (Piano, Guitar, Electronics), Øystein Aamodt (Guitar), Sigrun Tara Øverland (Backing vocals, Lyre), Paulin Skoglund Voss (Cello), Henrik Eurenius (Oboe), Ana Marinkovic (Cello), Gunnar Sæter (Drums), Tom Rudi Torjussen (Percussion), Eirik Dørsdal (Trumpet), and Ken Theodorsen (Vocal Treatments).

 

Artwork: Magnus Rakeng / Melkeveien.

Photo: Julie Pike.

 

Note: This album release was originally an exclusive license from +47 to Warner Music (Norway), available via Warner Music worldwide affiliates.

 

A “Promo Only” CD single of “Joy” was also made available by +47/Warner Music, as featured in the Norwegian film soundtrack “5 Løgner”.

 

Copyright: +47, with digital distribution by VME (Norway).

Anne Marie Almedal - Himmelblå

Format: Digital EP 

© 2010

 

1.   Himmelblå

2.   Blue Sky Blue

3.   Himmelblå (Live At Aladdin)

4.   Blue Sky Blue (Live At Aladdin)

 

Credits: 

All tracks written by Anne Marie Almedal & Nicholas Sillitoe.

Published by: Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

 

Additional Info: 

Produced by Nicholas Sillitoe.

Recorded and mixed with Øystein Aamodt at Lydbølgen, Kristiansand.

 

Musicians:

Anne Marie Almedal (Vocals), Nicholas Sillitoe (Piano, Guitar), Øystein Aamodt (Guitar; on tracks 1 & 2), Sebastian Grüchot (Violin & Saxophone; on tracks 1 &2).

 

Live versions: 

Recorded at Aladdin Kino, Kristiansand. 

Sound recordist: Asle Karstad.

 

Featuring: Anne Marie Almedal (Vocals), Nicholas Sillitoe (Piano), Danny Thompson (Double Bass), Rolf Kristensen (Guitar), Sigrun Tara Øverland (Backing vocals, glockenspiel), Nemanja Markovic (Cello).

 

Artwork: Magnus Rakeng / Melkeveien.

 

Note: The live version of “Himmelblå” is also available on the live DVD/concert film: “Anne Marie Almedal – Live At Aladdin” (Directed by Fred Arne Wergeland).

Copyright: +47, with digital distribution by VME (Norway).

 

 

Anne Marie Almedal - Blue Sky Blue

Format: CD/Digital album

Cat#: i+47 10/007

© 2010

 

1.   Safe From Harm

2.   I Think I Love You

3.   Show More Love

4.   Alone To The Chill

5.   Blue Sky Blue

6.   The False Alarm

7.   Paint It Black

8.   Dawn Chorus

9.   Gardengreen

10. White Cloud

11. Seize My Heart

12. Himmelblå (Bonus Track)

 

Credits: 

All tracks written by Anne Marie Almedal & Nicholas Sillitoe.

Published by: Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

 

Except: “Safe From Harm” (Robert Del Naja, Grantley Marshall, Andrew Vowles, Shara Nelson, Billy Cobham – Warner/Chappell Music & Universal Music Publishing), “Paint It Black” (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards - ABKCO/EMI Music Publishing) & “Seize My Heart” (Anne Marie Almedal, Nicholas Sillitoe, Tor Henning Leh).

 

Additional Info: 

Produced by Nicholas Sillitoe.

Recorded and mixed with Øystein Aamodt at Lydbølgen, Kristiansand. 

Additional recordings at The Chapel Studios, London. Engineer: Steven A. Williams.

 

Musicians:

Anne Marie Almedal (Vocals), Nicholas Sillitoe (Piano, Guitar, Electronics), Danny Thompson (Double bass), Katharine Blake (Recorder, Backing vocals), Øystein Aamodt (Guitar), Sigrun Tara Øverland (Backing vocals), Rolf Kristensen (Guitar), Stein Roger Sordal (Bass), Nemanja Markovic (Cello), Sebastian Grüchot (Violin), Steven A. Williams (Percussion), Elisabeth Nesset (Drums).

 

Artwork: Magnus Rakeng / Melkeveien.

Photo: Julie Pike.

 

Note: A limited run of the CD also contains the live DVD/Concert film: “Anne Marie Almedal – Live At Aladdin” (Directed by Fred Arne Wergeland).

An exclusive bonus track “What Love Is All About” was also made for the "WIMP" music streaming service album version (now Tidal). It is no longer available for digital streaming.

Copyright: +47, with digital distribution by VME (Norway) & M2BA (Russia).

 

 

Anne Marie Almedal - Live At Aladdin

Format: DVD

© 2010

 

1.   Safe From Harm

2.   I Think I Love You

3.   Show More Love

4.   Dawn Chorus

5.   Himmelblå

 

Credits: 

All tracks written by Anne Marie Almedal & Nicholas Sillitoe.

Published by: Sony/ATV Music.

 

Except: “Safe From Harm” (Robert Del Naja, Grantley Marshall, Andrew Vowles, Shara Nelson, Billy Cobham - Warner/Chappell Music & Universal Music Publishing).

 

Additional Info: 

Produced by Nicholas Sillitoe.

Mixed with Øystein Aamodt at Lydbølgen, Kristiansand.

 

Recorded at Aladdin Kino, Kristiansand. 

Sound recordist: Asle Karstad.

 

Featuring: Anne Marie Almedal (Vocals), Nicholas Sillitoe (Piano, Guitar), Danny Thompson (Double bass), Rolf Kristensen (Guitar), Sigrun Tara Øverland (Backing vocals, Glockenspiel), and Nemanja Markovic (Cello).

 

Artwork: Magnus Rakeng / Melkeveien.

Photo: Fred Arne Wergeland (video still).

 

Note: Separate DVD (only) version of the live concert film: “Anne Marie Almedal – Live At Aladdin” (Directed by Fred Arne Wergeland).

Copyright: +47, with digital distribution by VME (Norway).

 

 

Anne Marie Almedal - Memory Lane