Jenny Lysander’s new video for “Blackbird”

You know how I love using hand-made animation in music videos ? I made a bunch myself for my last album that you may remember
How about you take 5m out of your day to look at this beautifully drawn and animated video by Ana Tortos who we commissioned for Jenny Lysander’s song “Blackbird”?

The song is taken from her debut album Northern Folk out April the 27th, via my label Beating Drum.

Record Store Day 2015


On April the 18th and exclusively for Record Store Day, my label Beating Drum will be releasing four new songs in a limited edition 12″ vinyl with album artwork that I made using lino-cut prints.

01. Whistling Wind
02. Nightwalker
03. How I Weep
04. Blood River

This limited edition 12 inch vinyl features four original compositions recorded especially for Record Store Day. Inspired by the different traditions of work songs worldwide, the songs recreate the call of voices rising in unison to the beat of a hammer or to the syncopated grinding of grain on the threshing floor. In work songs rhythm is the hand clap that keeps time to the crash of an axe or the thud of a pestle on a stone mortar. Inspired as much by Southern Mediterranean vocal traditions as those of African American origins, these four new compositions showcase Faccini’s customary and original music without frontiers.
Released on Beating Drum, artwork for the 12 inch was made using original lino cuts by Piers Faccini.

Ce vinyle 12 inch en édition limitée présente 4 compositions originales inspirées par la tradition du chant de travail. Sur le chantier ou l’aire de battage, le chant règle une cadence. Partout les voix syncopées collent au rythme des outils, de l’effort, d’un battement : c’est la frappe des mains au rythme des coups de hache, le bruit mat du pilon sur la pierre d’un mortier… Résonnant des traditions vocales des origines Afro-Américaines et du Sud Méditerranéen, les 4 titres inédits de Work Songs éclairent d’un jour nouveau la musique originale et sans frontières qui est la touche de Piers Faccini.
Une réalisation du label Beating Drum. L’artwork du 12 inch est réalisé à partir d’estampes originales par Piers Faccini.

Meet Jenny Lysander

Jenny Lysander’s debut album “Northern Folk” will be released on our label Beating Drum on the 27th April, and is already available on Pre-order here with 2 songs as instant grat download.

I produced and arranged the album and we recorded it together last summer in my studio in the Cevennes. I’m really proud of the work we did on this record, Jenny has a unique and true songwriter’s voice and her record is a little gem!!

Jenny Lysander, 21 year old Swedish folk prodigy releases her first album “Northern Folk” on the 27th April. The album was produced and arranged by Piers Faccini and recorded over two sessions in the summer months of 2014. Hidden away in the Mediterranean landscape, deep in the woods, far from the noise and interference of any city, Faccini’s rural studio became the perfect setting for recording Jenny Lysander’s delicate songs. Timeless and unique as Lysander’s music is, of today’s songwriters, Jenny Lysander’s profound and poetic voice bears some comparison to Laura Marling, whose own recording career also began at an early age and with a style that defied simple categorization.
“Lysander echoes the same understated beauty as folk music greats like Nick Drake and Fairport Convention, with a modern tint that draws comparison to Agnes Obel and Ane Brun.” (Drunken Werewolf)

Preview the first single “Northern Folk”:


Pre-order Now And Get Instantly 2 Songs:
“Black Bird” & “Northern Folk”

CD and Digital are out on April 27th – Vinyl estimated shipping date is June 15th, but purchasers will receive the full album in MP3 on April 27th

Pre-order on Beating Drum Shop
Pre-order on iTunes