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OH LAND

Foto: Rasmus Weng Karlsen

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Nanna Øland Fabricius, known to fans around the world as the artist Oh Land, came in to the music scene in 2008 under less than conventional circumstances.  When 10 years of training and a budding career in ballet was abruptly ended by injury, a life in music began.  At the age of 22, Fabricius wrote and produced her first album Fauna, which was released to much critical acclaim.   Having recorded most of the album by herself in her bedroom, Fabricius discovered an early knack for production.  The process that Fabricius found in creating Fauna was foreshadowing for what would come after.

Earth Sick, Oh Land's fourth album, marks a return to the roots that launched her music career; writing, recording and producing everything herself at home, with the help of her closest friends, family and talents.  Recorded primarily in her Brooklyn, New York apartment, Earth Sick is a hybrid of symphonic and electronic sounds, masterfully woven together.  Layers of lush vocals and rich string arrangements combine for the next chapter in Oh Land's signature soundscape.  

"Machine" a melancholic anthem, opens the album with delicate industrial textures.   Tracks such as "Little Things", "Daylight", "Trailblazer, and the title track "Earth Sick", combine Oh Land's love for orchestral arrangements and lyrical exploration.

As Nanna elaborates, "When you are young, you have all these wonderful ideas of how you think the world works and a naivety that you can make a change. When you grow up you struggle to maintain this idealism and not let yourself get too frustrated with the complexities of life! Earth Sick is an album that is written from a frustrated place. Frustrated with the fact that things in life aren't black and white. People change and feelings change outside of our control. But still I strive to maintain the hope I had as a 10 year old.” 

“Lyrically, I express my frustration with everything from little daily problems, to questions like "what is my place on this earth?"
Sometimes I like to pretend that I'm an alien, coming from outside and experiencing everything for the first time, seeing the world in a new light.”

Head Up High is the lead single and video from Earth Sick, a track that almost wasn't...

"I had forgotten that I wrote this song for a friend that was going through a tough time in her life. I wrote it and sent it to her as encouragement. I told her to hold her head high and not let herself drown in her sorrows, but fight! She reminded me a year later when we were doing some recording for this album in Portugal and when she played the song to me I knew I had to finish it immediately!  It was actually the last song added to the album, and will be the first that everyone gets to hear." 

Fabricius has spent the better part of the past 4 years supporting her 2nd and 3rd album releases, Oh Land and Wish Bone.  Headlining tours, inter-mixed with supporting dates for such acts as Katy Perry and Sia, have taken Oh Land all over the world.  These albums have also paved the way for a growing discography of hits, with "Sun Of A Gun", "White Nights", fan favorite "Wolf & I", Renaissance Girls" and "Cherry On Top", to name a few.

Photo: Rasmus Weng Karlsen
     


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Med Oh Lands selvbetitlede album fra 2011 opnåede Nanna Øland Fabricius en kæmpe succes i Danmark og internationalt. Nanna fik fremragende anmeldelser, spillede udsolgte koncerter (bl.a. en række fantastiske optrædener i DRs koncertsal) og oplevede i den grad en succes som er meget få danske kunstnere forundt. Singlerne ”Sun Of A Gun”, ”White Nights” samt ”Speak Out Now” fik alle maksimal airplay på de danske radioer og ”Speak Out Now” blev det mest spillede danske nummer på de danske radioer i 2012.
Internationale milepæle som forsider og interviews i toneangivende magasiner som Vogue, Dazed & Confused, Hunger, Muse ,Time Out NY, m.fl. og optræden hos David Letterman og Jimmy Kimmel talkshow gjorde det bare mere imponerende .
 
Opfølgeren ”Wishbone” fra 2013 blev skabt med Tv On The Radios Dave Sitek som producer og viste en mere alternativ side af Oh Land -Også dette album kastede flere store singler af sig. Specielt numrene “Rennaiance Girls” og ”Pyromaniac” var i høj rotation på de danske radiostationer.
Både Q magazine og MOJO gav “Wishbone"  4/5 stjerner - og Q magazine som havde Oh Land som “Pick of the month" skrev bl.a. at Wish Bone var en ”consistenly impressive record”.
The Guardian var også begejstrede og gav 4/5 stjerner.
 
Efter at have turnéret i Europa og USA - med udsolgte koncerter i bl.a. LA, New York og San Francisco, og koncerter på både Northside Festival og i Tivoli - var Oh Land klar med sit 4. album: “Earth Sick” i 2014.
 
Nannas egen vision med "Earth Sick" var at finde tilbage til kernen og udgangspunktet i hendes karriere - og udnytte hendes styrke som både komponist, musiker og ikke mindst producer. Præcis som på hendes debutplade (“Fauna”/2008) er hele albummet skrevet og produceret af Nanna selv - dog i tæt samarbejde med musikeren Tore Nissen, der også er en del af Oh Lands liveband.
Store dele af af albummet er derfor også indspillet i Nannas egen lejlighed i New York - frem for i store musikstudier, med mange samarbejdspartnere indeover processen. Nanna har dog, på adskillige numre, brugt sit eget klassiske bagland ved bl.a. at bruge sin familie til spille strygere, synge opera. Pladen har derfor flere steder fået et symfonisk lag over de elektroniske pop produktioner. Strygerarrangementerne er skrevet i et samarbejde med hendes far, Bendt Fabricius. 


Foto: Rasmus Weng Karlse