Nanna of Oh Land
Fame. It's a strange thing. It can arrive at any moment, with a prolonged buildup, or without any notice whatsoever. One moment your friend can be a gogo dancer at your party, or putting on guerilla fashion shows in your college canteen, or making weird two headed dolls in his bedroom, and then all of a sudden they are doing duets with Boy George, or getting nominated for CFDA Awards, or collaborating with Anna Wintour and Barneys. How does it all happen? A little over two years ago we did a party with Nanna Fabricius, a.k.a. Oh Land, a relatively unknown Danish singer-songwriter, who had her first ever U.S. performance that very evening. Only about seventy or so people attended, but everyone had a sense of the immense talent in the room.
Since that performance, Nanna has been named one of Time Out's most stylish New Yorkers, and has graced the pages of Vogue, Elle, Teen Vogue, and pretty much every other major publication out there. The attention is well deserved: the music is infectiously catchy, simultaneously graceful and danceable, and Nanna's voice sends chills down my spine. Please take a moment to watch the video below, and I'm sure you will agree with me. Nanna and her boyfriend Eske Kath are in the midst of a week long residency at the Charles Bank Gallery, and I stopped by on Tuesday, and took some photos of the installation and the performance. She will be performing two more free shows at the gallery at 8pm tonight and on Friday (I might even try to go back again!), and I highly suggest you make it over there to see her if you are in New York.
A pile of houses--part of the installation created by artist Eske Kath
The video for Sun of a Gun
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Nanna of Oh Land