Sara Forslund is VOLKOREN’s latest signing. Sara Forslund is the second signing from Sweden in two years’ time and she is, like David Ahlen, a singer-songwriter who is known for a minimal and personal approach, serving her audience small and melancholic songs known for their spiritual and sometimes mystical atmosphere.
“When Sara first approached me about mixing an album for her she sent me a couple of demo tracks and raw as they were I was immediately taken with the texture and directness of her voice, so I agreed that I would work on her album once the recordings were finished. Those recordings have now blossomed into a first album of deceptive simplicity, the minimal addition of instrumental colours and vocal backing drawing the listener into the intimacy of Sara’s vocals and lyrics.”
John Wood is known for his work with Nick Drake, Pink Floyd, Fairport convention, John Martyn, Cat Stevens and Richard Thompson.
Sara Forslund (1981) was born in a small village called Borgvattnet in the northern part
of Sweden. Borgvattnet is known for its haunted vicarage. At that time, Sara’s father Tore Forslund was the local priest and was nicknamed `The ghost priest´ after offering to relieve the village of its ghosts that were said to reside in the old vicarage….
Years later, even though Sara has moved on and is currently living in Stockholm, this is something that has undoubtedly shaped her somehow. She does not like talking of this past. She’d rather sing her melancholic songs that she has been writing ever since she was young. Over the last couple of years, most songs have found a way out through her Folk/Drone band Birch and Meadow. Birch and Meadow released their debut album “Butterflies and graves” at Time Released Sound (USA) in July 2013. But in 2012 she visited a show of Glaswegian singer-songwriter Gareth Dickson that completely struck her and changed her path. The fullness of just one acoustic guitar, a story and low-voiced vocals was something that resonated deeply in Sara. His dreamful voice inspired her, so gentle one could hardly hear but rather felt it, like a sweet breeze passing by in the desert. Never too strong but always comforting. Something that was similar to the way Sara had been performing her songs, but somehow now everything fell into place. On top of that, Gareth also introduced Sara to Nick Drake’s music and just a few weeks later, ‘Water Became Wild’ saw the light of day, which felt like coming home after a long period of drought.
Over the years, Sara has travelled to many places and performed in countries like Sweden, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. In 2009 she also performed in Hällbyanstalten (a prison) in Kvicksund, Eskilstuna, several times.
Now Time Released Sound (cd – limited edition – usa) has made this beautiful artwork . It’s a must have and only 63 available.
The album, produced by David Ahlen and herself and mixed by legend John Wood, is a must for any VOLKOREN-fan as this release perfectly adds to the inspiring roster VOLKOREN has signed on so far.
1) Stay Love
2) Water Became Wild
3) Did You Ever
4) Morning is Leaving
5) Tree of Dreams
6) Under The Sun
7) Twisted Wind
8) The Dream
9) Singing Me Through
10) Time To Collect