Award-winning singer/songwriter Anna Madsen celebrates the release of her new album, Whisper, with a rare New England performance before heading off on a European tour. Madsen has been described as "Lana [...]
Award-winning singer/songwriter Anna Madsen celebrates the release of her new album, Whisper, with a rare New England performance before heading off on a European tour.
Madsen has been described as “Lana Del Rey meets Kate Bush meets Enya,” but ultimately her music is completely her own and expands beyond one genre. Her influences include contemporary classical composers, church hymns from her childhood, world music, and modern alternative rock and folk/Americana. Melodic vocals and lush harmonies define her sound, while textured keyboards, atmospheric guitars, and propulsive drums and loops provide the sonic backdrop. Lyrically, Madsen explores topics ranging from mystical romance, fate, and courageous characters from history and her imagination.
Madsen came to the attention of the international music community after the release of her debut album, Efflorescence, in May 2016. In addition to receiving a Best of NH award and two New England Music Award nominations, the music blog New Music Ear listed Madsen as an artist to watch in its “4 2 Watch” story, while The Culture Trip selected her to represent New Hampshire in its “50 Musicians You Need to Know from Each State in the U.S.” In December 2016, Madsen’s reworking of the ancient Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” entered regular rotation on BBC Radio 2, leading to inclusion on Spotify UK’s Hot 100 playlist.
Also in December, Britain’s ITV invited Madsen to perform “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” on its “Christmas Carols” program, which was broadcast nationwide in the UK on Christmas Eve 2016.
Whisper sees Madsen streamlining her indie-pop musical identity after 2016’s more experimental album, Efflorescence. In addition to brand new songs, Whisper features reimagined versions of four songs from the previous album, including audience favorites “Palm Reader,” “Devil’s Garden,” “Golden Room,” and the lead single, “Black Dress.” Whisper was produced and recorded by award-winning producer Brian Coombes at Rocking Horse Studio in Pittsfield, NH, with additional recording in various locations in England. The album features guest performances from original Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips, Kate St. John from the Dream Academy, and renowned drummers Jonathan Mover (GTR) and Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention/Paul McCartney/XTC).
Madsen performs with musicians from Rocking Horse Studio, including Adam Soucy (drums), Myron Kibbee (guitar), and Brian Coombes (keys/bass).
(Sunday) 7:00 pm
Tupelo Music Hall
2 Young Road , Londonderry, NH