Night Visitor

The Night Visitor

by Anna Ternheim
     
 
To say that Swedish singer/songwriter Anna Ternheim found a sympathetic figure for collaboration in Matt Sweeney turned out to be an understatement, given that their resulting effort, The Night Visitor, with Sweeney handling production and arrangements at a series of Nashville sessions, is one strikingly enjoyable listen. The realm of stately country/Americana

Overview

To say that Swedish singer/songwriter Anna Ternheim found a sympathetic figure for collaboration in Matt Sweeney turned out to be an understatement, given that their resulting effort, The Night Visitor, with Sweeney handling production and arrangements at a series of Nashville sessions, is one strikingly enjoyable listen. The realm of stately country/Americana productions, from Lee Hazlewood and the Band to the Walkabouts and beyond, is a pretty long and storied one, and The Night Visitor fits well within that tradition, but Ternheim's enjoyable singing and the appropriately moody though by no means constantly downbeat music result in a series of strong, well-sequenced songs. "Solitary Move" kicks things off with hushed, stark chamber pop with steady acoustic guitar and swirling textures, down to lovely filigrees on the concluding break, a sense of cryptic melodrama that rarely leaves the record. A song like "All Shadows" is almost all cryptic melodrama, doing the combination of stinging feedback, distant drums, and string parts very well. Some other notably strong moments include the excellent "Bow Your Head," which takes a statelier, lofty folk stance, sweetly moving the chorus along before a bit of a quieter rock snarl breaks in a further verse, and the gentle "Walking Aimlessly," quicker and a little more freewheeling, reflecting the title just enough. "Ghost of a Man" is much more hushed and focused in contrast, with swift but still genteel acoustic guitar leading the way, while the fiddle on "Lorelie-Marie" and the accordion on "What Remains?" add to the sense of place and history being invoked throughout without feeling like museum pieces of authenticity as fetish.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2012
Label:
Cooperative Music
UPC:
0602527986357
catalogNumber:
7986357

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anna Ternheim   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Pat McLaughlin   Bass
John Catchings   Cello
Jack Clement   Guitar (Resonator)
Danny Dougmore   Pedal Steel Guitar
Kenny Malone   Percussion,Drums,Hand Drums
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin
Pat McInerney   Percussion
Joey Miskulin   Accordion
John Mock   Penny Whistle
Tim O'Brien   Violin
Matt Sweeney   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Guitar (Nylon String)
Will Oldham   Background Vocals
David Ferguson   Bass
Dave Ferguson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals
Peter Townsend   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Shirley Collins   Arranger
Roger Cook   Composer
Davy Graham   Arranger
Pat McLaughlin   Composer
Greg Calbi   Management
Matt Sweeney   Arranger,Producer
Will Oldham   Additional Production
Traditional   Composer
Dave Ferguson   Engineer,Whistle
Anna Ternheim   Composer
Filip Wilén   Management
Gregg Greenwood   Art Direction

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