Norden

by Anna Westin

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1.
we are children of the north wind running barefoot over bracken through the trees our feeble song is carried on this ice cusped breeze and we sing we ran two lovers hands like vines intertwined stumbling forth under rose laced skies your gypsy dreams danced with mine and i was hidden before you came along like the eagle that soars across frosty skies turned my silence into song
2.
Horizon 03:40
it was a wild night on the inky black sea and the depths were foaming i was afraid of the waves that came rolling what kind of peace can be found when the depths heave we were clinging to this shipwreck board in seas that were foaming do you see the light on the horizon?
3.
Flight 03:06
you who made the grey back bird to soar will you release me? i fear i have knit knots that cannot be undone ever his face is before me though his feet be far off wandering and my soul tied a knot in union that fails to come undone so reach down with gentle hands and release me prepare these weakened wings for flying
4.
Midst Briers 04:49
i’ve been carried far from my mother’s side and my spirit is broken with the times i’ve tried yes, my spirit's been broken in this foreign land and horses may flee with hooves of steel but i flounder in the dark when I see what’s real yes i flounder in the dark in this foreign land but midst brier and bush i’ll make my home you will water these rocklands until i’m grown you’ll plant me a home in this foreign land and you ripped me out from my beloved place but you said: come, my love, i will show you grace i will show you my grace in this foreign land so build your houses and plant your trees and find your beloved ’neath these autumn leaves yes, you’ll find your beloved in this foreign land
5.
The Akedah 03:55
we’ve been travelling far you and i across gold desert lands and under fire skies and i’ve tasted and i’ve seen though in between the days were lean still water is churned from rocks and the floods run dry but one quarrel against you i will say you weave stories of richness to look forward to someday but how weary is my heart i’m tired of this fits and starts the beginning of the dawning but darkness devours day you bring me to a place then drop me like old clothes you bring me to a place then you drop me like old clothes and i see repetition in how this story goes it feels like you bring me to a place then drop me like old clothes well maybe that’s not entirely fair folks say you’ve been good to me so why would i swear or smite the hand that feeds maybe it’s just my jealousy and greed but i think you can take these cries they’re my desperate prayers wait a little longer i’ll wait a little longer...
6.
Waiting 03:53
the inner voice is still small like the shadow call keep on waiting the moment is held don’t fall light dapple dances over us all keep on waiting past the breaking you are waking the secret is kept wrapped in velvet wonder the daugher once bound now flies tears fetters asunder
7.
mercy will come to those who wait through storms that rage and as tempests fall and love will find, it’s never late when we think all’s lost that’s when it comes i saw you there and you were standing ’midst these shards of clay and i saw you coming and you were riding on the rays of the day i was lost and i was scared but you said: darling, wait i’ve heard your cares you ran to me with open arms and there i found i had not suffered harm
8.
Sunrise 03:43
i was a lone weary soldier far from my home and i tried to find a strength for i had none of my own these knees were battered and bruised this hearts were calloused and used but they say truth comes in the morning with the sunrise and i was stuck in the land of the black calling crow but i said it's you i'd like to follow and i was lost but now i'm found though i can scarcely see the ground but they say truth comes in the morning with the sunrise and what have i to fear as long as you are near for truth comes in the morning with the sunrise and why am i afraid for life has swallowed the grave and truth comes in the morning with the sunrise
9.
Ursprung 03:21
älskade land ditt namn ringer ljust på mina läppar älskade hem där fann vi en kärlek som oss mättar älskade ljus göms under mörkrets bleka fingrar älskade land snart kommer vår då mörkret skingrar och fast jag är långt bort från din famn är du mitt älskade land snön ligger vitt och granarna sträcker sina armar fåglarna sjunger hör hur dess sång lyfts när de dansar älskade land hör hur det susar med vinters vindar älskade hem och lugnet som håller men ej tvingar

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Anna has teamed up with a creative crew for this debut album, using the resonance of Celtic/Scandinavian sound to tell a story of awakening and belonging.

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released November 7, 2015

Vocals, Guitar / Anna

Viola, Vocals / Georgie Harris

Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Vocals / Olly Peel

Percussion / Tim Steemson

Piano / Deborah and Roo Panes

Flute / Sophie Emma Buxton

Production, Recording / Sean Hatton and Jonny Middleton

Creative Directors / Dom and Becky Callaghan

Videography / Green Antlers Photography

Photography / Sophie Emma Buxton

Calligraphy / Tassja Garner

Design / Miriam Westin


10% of donations go to Destiny Foundation. In collaboration with Bezalel and Goodfruit.

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Anna Westin London, UK

Nordic singer/songwriter Anna Westin grew up along the rocky coastline of Canada and Sweden. Her early musical memories were an exploration of vocal and instrumental harmonisation in choirs and small ensembles. Though now based in London, Anna feels most at home in the resonance of Celtic/Scandinavian sound, and enjoys using music to explore new ways of connecting and storytelling. ... more

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