Last winter I went to see Ane Brun in Whelans music venue here in Dublin. Her support artist was Linnea Olsson who also plays in Ane's band. When Ane Brun played in Dublin again this time in Vicar street her support artist was once again Linnea Olsson. I was so impressed by her music last year that it was wonderful to see her again. This time she really was even better. The thing with support music artists who you are not familiar with is that you either love them or are totally indifferent but Linnea Olsson was someone who I would go see in a solo concert. In Vicar Street she played several songs from her album Ah! She plays her cello to pre-recorded music or music that she programmes in and then plays over. It might sound a bit off-putting but the effect was brilliant even though I would love to hear her play with a full band too.
One song that Linnea played in Vicar Street that isn't on her album Ah! is her cover of Sex Object by Kraftwerk. As I am very much a pop fan the only Kraftwerk song I knew is The Model so I didn't know that Sex Object was their famous song from their 1986 album Electric Cafe. Once again I associated a famous song with this new singer which is always an amazing thing. I love going to gigs and being surprised. My friend Brian always tells me to be open to new music and that is why there is a mixed bag of songs on this list. These days I am now appreciating songs that I would have closed my mind to without giving them a proper listen. Over the past few months singers such as Ane Brun and Linnea Olsson have become some of my most listened to music artists.
Here is Linnea Olsson and her cover version of Sex Object which was recorded at Shepard's Bush Empire in London in April of this year.
and here is a clip from Vicar street with some more of her set from that evening when I saw her. The first song you hear is Giddy Up which features on her album Ah!
Thanks and credit to both people who posted these clips on Youtube.