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Playlist: Oh Land

By | Published on Friday 19 August 2011

Oh Land

Former ballerina Nanna Øland Fabricius, aka Oh Land, released her debut album, ‘Fauna’, in 2008 in her native Denmark. The beautiful collection of songs managed, somehow, to sound like recordings of a late night 1920s speakeasy, unearthed in the 21st Century and spruced up with modern production. The following year she was snapped up by Sony Music to record her eponymous follow-up with producers including Lester Mendez, who is best known for his work with Shakira.

Poppier, and with more pronounced songwriting than its predecessor, ‘Oh Land’ is due for release in the UK on 10 Oct. The next single, ‘White Nights’, will precede it on 3 Oct.

Since discovering her, we’ve seen her performing to audiences of varying sizes, from a 100 or so people on Brighton’s sea front, to 2500 back in Denmark. But later this year, she’ll play to her biggest audiences yet, as she supports Katy Perry on her tour of the arenas of the British Isles in October and November. Oh Land will then play a headline date of her own on 10 Nov at Heaven in London.

With so much to come in the world of Oh Land this year, we sat her down to talk us through some of the artists and songs and inspire her. Here’s what she had to say about the ten track playlist she came up with: “The general theme of this playlist is music that I’m listening to at the moment whilst touring on the road – all the songs have a dreamy quality that’s a bit melancholic but at the same time uplifting”.

Click here to listen to Oh Land’s playlist in Spotify, and then read on to find out more about her selections.

01 Little Dragon – Twice
I’m in love with her voice.

02 Portishead – The Rip
The song developed really beautifully from ballad to rhythmic.

03 James Blake – I Never Learnt To Share
His looping is insane.

04 The Knife – Heartbeats
I love the beat of her voice and the tragedy of the song – yet you still wanna dance.

05 Lykke Li – Love Out Of Lust
I love everything about this, except the middle eight.

06 Miike Snow – Animal
The feeling of the beat that goes from straight to syncopated is genius.

07 Tame Impala – Solitude Is Bliss
I love the Ringo Starr kind of drums and the modulations.

08 Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
The lyrics are amazing and they nail the way I often feel!

09 Sia – Soon We’ll Be Found
The melody is the best pop melody in years.

10 Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
An evergreen.