CMU Approved

Approved: Oh Land

By | Published on Tuesday 27 April 2010

With a career in ballet prematurely ended by a back injury, Nanna Øland Fabricius turned to music whilst in recovery, more as a way to document what was happening to her at the time than a conscious change of career.

The daughter of an opera singer and a classical composer, and as a dancer, she’d always been surrounded by music, and combining those early influences with a love of Björk, Radiohead and a whole range of other artists from folk, to pop, to post-rock, to metal, she came up with a sound which earned her a record deal within a month of putting three songs up on MySpace back in 2006.

Calling herself Oh Land, Frabricius released her debut album, ‘Fauna’, in 2008. Its twelve piano-led songs definitely contain echoes of Björk’s influence in much of the music, and also show off an incredibly versatile voice. If you should find yourself on her MySpace page, the songs ‘Heavy Eyes’ and ‘Frostbite’ ought to have you hooked. They’ll also prepare you for the next album, which is currently being recorded with Shakira producer Lester Mendez.