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ARTIST
TITLE
When This Was The Future
FORMAT
LP

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CATALOG #
SUBL 033LP SUBL 033LP
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RELEASE DATE
7/21/2009

LP version. Limited edition of 500 copies. This is the debut full-length release by Sweden's Lisa Isaksson and her band Lisa o Piu. Raised in a small town on the outskirts of Stockholm, she spent most of her time drawing sketches in horse stables. Later, these horse drawings would become song lyrics accompanied by her mother's old guitar, recorded on a 4-track. Through the years, she eventually formed the band Piu together with her school buddies, and their first single was released in Scotland in 2007. The single got a lot of good reviews and Lisa and Piu gave a couple of concerts on the British Isles as well as home in Stockholm. They also had the opportunity to perform with the British folk musician Roger Wootton who led the legendary acid-folk band Comus during the early 1970s. The performances went so well that they were released as a live album. As summer came and turned Sweden into a green and pleasant place again, the core members of Piu went to a small cottage in the beautiful archipelago north of Stockholm and recorded what was to become When This Was The Future. The album is filled with delicious and bewitching woodland folk hymnals, eloquent yet eerie, and led by Lisa's gossamer vocals, as delicate as a wavering candle flame. The album is produced by Mattias Gustavsson (Life On Earth!/Dungen), and it somehow divinely conjures the essence of Linda Perhacs, Bridget St. John, Joni Mitchell, Sandy Denny, Vashti Bunyan, and Joanna Newsom into one singular siren, but with a thoroughly unique, thoroughly haunting delivery.