Interview | Anna Ternheim

Anna Ternheim’s most recent album, The Night Visitor, utterly blew us away. With the intensity and inventiveness of Ane Brun, melancholic, synth-folk tones of Jennie Abrahamson and country sensibilities of Marissa Nadler, Ternheim isn’t afraid to explore different shades and textures. There’s a darker, Scandinavian timbre to first track, ‘Solitary Move’, which has all the beautiful, heart-wrenching acoustic guitar of a Jose Gonzalez song. Meanwhile, ‘Lorelei-Marie’ tips more than a nod to country and Americana, while ‘Ghost of a Man’ puts to the forefront Ternheim’s understated, utterly lovely vocal. Although she’s been quietly producing devastating records for some time, Ternheim has so far flown under the UK radar somewhat. Hopefully this will all be about to change – at least, if we have anything to do with it…

Hello, please introduce yourself and your music to the uninitiated.

My name is Anna Ternheim,  I’m a swede who lives in New York who writes music for a living, I’m a guitar player and a singer.

Tell us a bit about your latest release?

The Night Visitor was recorded during 10 intense days in Nashville.  The album was engineered by Dave Ferguson, one of the greatest people I’ve ever worked with, he recorded Johnny Cash for a bunch of years. Matt Sweeney, producer and friend, brought me to Dave´s studio the Butcher Shoppe. The three of us collaborated closely and worked with some of the greatest musicians who live in Nashville.

What was your best ever gig?

Impossible question.

What’s the worst thing about being a musician?

Being away from home, family and close ones. That can be hard at times.

What inspires you?

Early mornings, fresh air, swimming and riding my bike. Mountain biking like I’ve mentioned here is my absolute favorite activity. The smell of trees and the taste of delicious cold beer. Leaving places.

If you won a billion pounds what would you do with it?

Get myself a beautiful house by the ocean, with space and tools where I can build amazing things. There,  I would throw a big party. Then put the rest to good use out in the world.

Which of your songs is your favourite and why?

Another impossible question. Depends on the mood, time of day, state of mind. I have many favourite songs – ‘Love Song’ by The Cure breaks my heart in a sweet aching way, that’s one of them for sure.

What are you plans for the future?

Do what I do, more of it. Try to worry less, do more good sounds easy but can be really hard at times. Staying strong in the mind and making music from my heart. Not let the everyday shit get in too deep

Finally, we’re always looking to expand our musical horizons. Do you have any recommendations of bands or artists we should be looking out for?

Nothing new, but older stuff well worth mentioning again and again. Mickey Newbury made my summer really sweet, Gordon Lightfoot as well.