Venus Jupiter & the Moon
'VENUS JUPITER AND THE MOON was born in a suitcase somewhere between the northern cost of Sweden and the Mexican semi-desert. It was born in the heart of a true vagabond and romantic with one finger on the pulse and her hand fiddling on her dads old Levin. Anna-Maria Blixt's debut album is filled with autobiographical stories and invented poetry. It rushes and dives and caresses in a way that only certain music can with a voice brimming with emotions. The album has no odd side, but is rather a feeling in it's entireness that you want to become part of, a sound that captivates and stays. The first single "Two peas in a pod" opens the album with an effortless charm and mirrors the character of the music with it's simplicity and melodious composition. From there you can follow the album up to "The Sky and I" and down to "Downtown" and read the spectrum in between where all emotions fit. The music balances between cheer and vigor, heartache and stillness in a beautiful and omitting way that shows just how good it can be when worlds collide. ' 'Första spåret börjar lågmält och melodiöst och därefter håller känslan sig kvar. Känslan av att vilja vara nära och stanna där. Anna-Maria Blixt får mig osökt att tänka på vinjetten från När karusellerna sover, julkalendern från 1998, på ett bra sätt. Den lågmälda musiken och det dova klingandet påmminner om en sen sommarnatt när dimman infunnit sig. Hon sjunger med sin stillsamma röst ackompanjerat av gitarr och piano. Med de poetiska inslagen i texterna blir skivan fullbordad. Om du gillar tex Kate Nash eller Melissa Horn kommer du även att gilla Anna Maria Blixt.' Kulturbloggen 'I recently discovered Anna-Maria Blixt and I find her wonderful (the singer has such a special/beautiful voice : unique, sweet and intense) with a wonderful indie/pop/folk musical universe very beautiful and delicate. I fell in love with her music wich sounds very original and subtle !' Sabine de Greef WithMusicInMyMind 'Anna-Maria Blixt has a decidedly interesting biography. She was born in the town of Örnsköldsvik, on the Swedish cost of the Botnian Golf. After finishing her studies she set off to travel the world, journeying for Mexico, where she met the musician and local producer Patricio Lobeira, with which she today shares more than just a musical interest. 'Venus Jupiter And The Moon' is the astrological title of the debut album of Anna-Maria, recorded and produced together with her husband Patricio in Monterrey for his label, therefore outside the customary range of Scandinavian labels of which we deal habitually, in a 'stateless' dimension that after all also involves the music of the two. It's difficult to find traces of the mexican influences in the tracks on the album, for no matter how many mexicans worked on the album: the music of the Blixt could as well have come from the American Midwest, the suburbs of London, or a graceful small house in Hässleholm, which is exactly where in the Scandinavian region she has put her suitcases down for the moment. Just a proof of the fact that a certain world that understands the singing/songwriting is by now so established that it can break through every attempt of confinement at a national scene. Take Two Peas In a Pod, the song that it opens the album: the base of the song is folk, so dear and urban, the voice of not unforgettable but lively and lovely Anna, the use of the piano is discrete but refined and expressive, the melody is fresh and feels like a breath of spring. A beautiful feeling, in short, that together with the intelligent simple melody of the anti-folk and a pop-ambition for refined palates (and not many can pull it off, the only other example that comes to mind is Hellsongs). Talking about the rest of the album, I will mention some other equally fruitful songs (I Deny you the right to call me beautiful, with a precious dialogue between Anna's voice and the acoustic guitar; or the very nocturnal My reasoning), the album passes undamaged through the successful covers of Call me Al by Paul Simon and Dancing in the dark by Springsteen, and is unbalanced in other moments (the too ambitious duet of Downtown, in spite of the luxurious arrangements), with at last a small (but not annoying) repetition of outlines of the opening of the decidedly pop song (The sky and I) not completely convincing. Adding it all up the result is more than positive for another Scandinavian artist who is indeed worth remembering the name of.' (just another) pop song.