You wind me up like the spring in a clock

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Just because we haven’t been shouting about it doesn’t mean Dan and I haven’t been working hard like two diligent little ants. We have been dealing with changes of scenery, tedious business planning and lots of new to-do’s, so time has not exactly been to spare. One of the most exciting fruits of the labour will – eventually – be the Ever Anew album. 

We are taking our sweet time with this one, and we are nowhere close to a release date. Sorry. However, I can tell you that there’s some very cool sounds coming out of the HandsDown studio these days, and there are so many ideas I can’t wait to share! The one track we have already put out there did get some sweet feedback, and I can only hope you will like the next ones as much.

My favourite track off the album right now is called Clockwork. It’s a working title, but I’m starting to think it’s a keeper. I love the instrumental. Like anything out of the HandsDown studio it has a real vibe, a special little something. It even has Dan playing the violin! I honestly don’t think there’s an instrument that boy can’t teach himself. The bastard.

(Dan himself would insist on pointing out that he isn’t a violinist just yet. But I say it’s just a matter of time, so I won’t bother.)

DSC_0022After spending a few weeks getting to know the track, the lyrics came tumbling over the last couple of days – just in time for a weekend of vocal demoing before returning to Norway. And just so I’ve explained myself here too: I am off working as a music teacher at my old high school in Jevnaker for a few months, and this little pearl of beauty is where I’m calling home these days. A big ol’ house in the woods to myself, built by my grandad, right between two pairs of aunts and uncles and a waterfall. Not too shabby for Audrey.

Anyway, Clockwork. The sound is different – ever anew – and still a bit of a throwback to the past. I rap on this one. The subject however points to a less fun corner of the past. It describes the frustration of being stuck in a circle, waiting for something to shake you out of your misery. Clinging to dreams that are starting to feel like the wrong fit, with no plans other than the blueprints for a ridiculous castle on a cloud. Realising you aren’t getting anywhere and that there’s a choice to be made: either find out what you actually want and go get it, or settle in that random thing you happened to stumble into after dropping out of college four years ago. Luckily in my case, I stumbled again and ended up in Liverpool.

Although I am really enjoying good old Norway with all the exciting new stuff (including teaching a bunch of 14 year olds about alternative music and lunching with my old maths teacher), coming back to Liverpool for Easter has been a real inspiration. Taking a step back from all the sudden changes of late was nice (and needed), and for a precious little week I have retreated to the only “normal” I’ve known for years· There’s been long, creative nights, lazy days, rendezvous’s with nears and dears and basking in Liverpool sun. It’s been nice.

Although the abundance of awesome food I am within walking distance of right now does make me grin stupidly, the best part of this Holiday is still that this time I get to take Dan with me when I go. For a while. We’re setting up a mini studio in the quiet little house in the woods, so we can keep working on the album. I am sure the surroundings will inspire.

…What with the trolls and all.

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Further down the line, who knows. It’s like the map in Baldur’s Gate, where the path keeps revealing itself as you move along. The immediate plans are many. Dan will be producing a few different artists, and keep writing for Screen Robot. I will keep teaching One Direction-fans about real music for another couple of month, then go on to teach songwriting and “artistery” to the young and promising over the summer. The eventual goal is still Amsterdam. I know some think that is just another castle in the sky, but stranger things have happened.

We’ll see.

Have a good Easter!

Audrey
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Links:

Hands Down Music Production
Ever Anew on Twitter
Soundcloud: Flashes (free download)
Peter Guy (The Liverpool Echo) about ‘Flashes’
Screen Robot: ‘The ten greatest movie hedonists’ by Dan Drumm

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Live Photos 2013

Over the last six months we have been easing our way into the Liverpool live scene, and I would like to share the pictures from some of the gigs we have done so far. Thank you so much to Dave Forbes (Zanzibar 8/3), Harry Armytage (LIPA, 9/3) and Dolly Williams (Camp and Furnace, 8/6) for some great shots!

A bit of newsies:

We are currently working on writing new material and planning some exciting new releases for you guys, and we can’t wait to get back on stage in October. But before then there’s a tasty little video coming; made by noone else than Lars Helgeland who among other great things has made this video for Secret Sebastian (which has had a crazy 12 000 views by now!!). It is called How You Suck Me In and will be up in just a few long, warm, Norwegian Summer days. So keep your eyes open.

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Speaking of long, warm, Norwegian Summer days; today Dan and I had a nice chat in the sun with John Erik from Hadeland, one of the local newspapers over here that are doing an article on us next week. We took some fun pictures outside my old school, appropriate enough as that is where I first went to music kindergarten when I was 4. It’s nice to look back while thinking ahead, and I am really enjoying being home right now. Soon enough, next week to be exact, we will be going back to Liverpool; to the studio, to the city that birthed us, to Graduation and whatever new things life has in store for Ever Anew. But for another few days, I’m home. For barbecues, singing in the sun and swimming in the fjord. 

Please have a great summer! I hope you like the pictures enough to be excited about the video!

xx, Audrey

Happy Valentine’s Day – with a song. <3

It’s a big day for us this – and I’m not referring to roses or heart shaped chocolates or anything like that, I am of course referring to the latest addition to the Ever Anew family. Hide For Cupid has finally hatched, and I am proud and exited to finally be able to show you guys what’s been brewing in Wapping over the last few months.

We decided it was only appropriate for a love story like Hide For Cupid to be released into the world on Valentine’s Day. I’ve come to think of it kinda like a musical Valentine’s card to everyone I’ve ever shared a laugh with; and yeah, that probably means most of you guys. So take a minute to download a free copy and let me accompany you on your iPods for a little while!

Well… Without further due then, here she is: Hide For Cupid. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed writing it!


Hide For Cupid 

First, there was laughter 
Then something in his eyes 
She knew that he was different 
Not like them other ties 
He stripped her of her masks 
She let him take them off 
It’s almost like he knew 
Her so-called perfect life made no sense until now 
What’s a girl to do? 

They couldn’t hide, for Cupid and his arrows were too sharp 
Now they swim for their lives and for love in a sea of broken hearts 
They couldn’t hide, for Cupid and his arrows were too sharp 

She is just a woman 
And he is just a man 
They didn’t mean to fall in love 
No, that wasn’t the plan 

They couldn’t hide, for Cupid and his arrows were too sharp 
Now they swim for their lives and for love in a sea of broken hearts 
They couldn’t hide, for Cupid and his arrows were too sharp 

Stupid girl for trading all you’ve built for your own happiness 

© Copyright Ever Anew 2012

credits

Written by Audrey Wilhelmsen and Dan Drumm 
Produced and recorded by Dan Drumm 
Mixed by Caesar Edmunds 

download Hide For Cupid for free

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xx Audrey xx