(THE CARDIGANS, A CAMP)
ANNOUNCES US TOUR DATES
‘ANIMAL HEART’ OUT NOW VIA THE END RECORDS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (March 27, 2014) – Nina Persson, known as the front woman of worldwide sensation The Cardigans (“Lovefool”) and for her critically acclaimed side project A Camp, has announced a run of east coast dates this April in support of her new solo album, ‘Animal Heart’ available now via The End Records.
NINA PERSSON TOUR DATES
4/12 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java BUY TICKETS
4/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live BUY TICKETS
4/14 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall BUY TICKETS
4/16 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right BUY TICKETS
As one of Sweden’s biggest pop stars over the past decade, Nina Persson, known internationally as the iconic lead vocalist of the seminal indie pop-rock band The Cardigans, who took over the world in the late nineties with the smash hit ‘Lovefool’ (which reached the coveted No. 1 spot in both the UK and US going on to sell an excess of 2.5 million copies worldwide), has forever been an artist who dared to push the creative envelope, successfully scaling new heights in the process.
In 2001 following several years of touring with The Cardigans and the release of the group’s fourth studio album, Gran Turismo, Persson formed – A Camp, a project that birthed two critically acclaimed albums (A Camp in 2001 and Colonia in 2009).
Persson has kept very busy collaborating with a wide variety of renowned artists including Manic Street Preachers, Sparklehorse, Danger Mouse, The Cake Sale Collective (a community of artists that includes Australian musician Nick Seymour of Crowded House), performed with a cabaret act in New York – The Citizens Band, and made her big screen debut as a Finnish tango singer in the 2006 film, God Willing by Amir Chamdin.
So who is Nina Persson today, and who is the artist we meet on her first solo album?
Persson has written everything with husband Nathan Larson (A Camp, Shudder To Think), also a noted film composer, and Eric D. Johnson (The Shins, Fruit Bats), but with a new approach. They “hung around” at the house in Harlem and played the songs with just a drum machine, a guitar and piano before going into the studio.
In many ways, it is a new Nina we meet. At the same time, she takes a couple of clear steps forward in her development with tracks that land somewhere between the melancholy of A Camp and blue-eyed soul. Several tracks also contain soundscapes reminiscent of one of her first musical roots – 80’s pop!
What is the album about then?
Songs like “Animal Heart” (the album’s lead single) and “Burning Bridges For Fuel” address the ever-present theme of moving forward and not getting trapped in the past. “My animal heart is telling me to flee… ” sings Persson.
“Both with The Cardigans and A Camp, I have done everything with very driven, career-oriented musicians, but now I wanted to put my own instrument first. Honor the singer. I have also in my work understood that pop music is lodged deeper in me than I previously wanted to admit.”
Now Persson is eager to share her first solo album with the world. Supported by an international tour this year, she looks forward to delighting new fans and old with her charismatic voice and thought provoking lyrics on ‘Animal Heart’ out now via The End Records.
‘ANIMAL HEART’ AVAILABLE NOW!
“A gorgeous continuous springtime melt of an indie-pop song with a subtle, urgent energy.” – Pitchfork
Featuring Persson’s smooth-as-silk vocals front and center at the top of the mix, Animal Heart is a tour de force that concentrates on relationships both good and bad…. The album overall is about a journey of self-discovery. And one of the things that the listener discovers along the way is that Persson is a massive talent as a solo act. – Goldmine Magazine