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 to much. She’d rather sing her melancholic songs that she has been writing ever since she was young.
Glaswegian singer-songwriter Gareth Dickson introduced Sara to Nick Drake’s music and from there ‘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 it is time for Sara to finally release her first solo album: “Water Became Wild” on VOLKOREN (cd – digipack – europe) and on Time Released Sound (cd – limited edition – usa). Besides the minimal use of trumpet and piano, the album also features some great cello-parts by Svante Henryson who is known for his work on many ECM albums of artists and of course his co-operation with Ryan Adams and Elvis Costello.
“Water Became Wild” is 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.
Photo taken by Lisa Ljunggren