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Nanna Øland Fabricius, known to fans around the world as the artist OH LAND, came in to the music scene in 2008 under less than conventional circumstances. When 10 years of training and a budding career in ballet was abruptly ended by injury, a life in music began. At the age of 22, Fabricius wrote and produced her first album, "Fauna," which was released to much critical acclaim. Having recorded most of the album by herself in her bedroom, Fabricius discovered an early knack for production. The process that Fabricius found in creating "Fauna" was foreshadowing for what would come after.
"Earth Sick," Oh Land's fourth album, marks a return to the roots that launched her music career; writing, recording and producing everything herself at home, with the help of her closest friends, family and talents. Recorded primarily in her Brooklyn, New York apartment, "Earth Sick" is a hybrid of symphonic and electronic sounds, masterfully woven together. Layers of lush vocals and rich string arrangements combine for the next chapter in Oh Land's signature soundscape.
"Machine" a melancholic anthem, opens the album with delicate industrial textures. Tracks such as "Little Things," "Daylight," "Trailblazer," and the title track "Earth Sick" combine Oh Land's love for orchestral arrangements and lyrical exploration.
"When you are young, you have all these wonderful ideas of how you think the world works and a naivety that you can make a change. When you grow up you struggle to maintain this idealism and not let yourself get too frustrated with the complexities of life! Earth Sick is an album that is written from a frustrated place. Frustrated with the fact that things in life aren't black and white. People change and feelings change outside of our control. But still I strive to maintain the hope I had as a 10-year-old."
"Lyrically, I express my frustration with everything from little daily problems, to questions like "what is my place on this earth?"
Sometimes I like to pretend that I'm an alien, coming from outside and experiencing everything for the first time, seeing the world in a new light."
"Head Up High" is the lead single and video from "Earth Sick," a track that almost wasn't...
"I had forgotten that I wrote this song for a friend that was going through a tough time in her life. I wrote it and sent it to her as encouragement. I told her to hold her head high and not let herself drown in her sorrows, but fight! She reminded me a year later when we were doing some recording for this album in Portugal and when she played the song to me I knew I had to finish it immediately! It was actually the last song added to the album, and will be the first that everyone gets to hear."
Fabricius has spent the better part of the past 4 years supporting her 2nd and 3rd album releases, "Oh Land" and "Wish Bone." Headlining tours, inter-mixed with supporting dates for such acts as Katy Perry and Sia, have taken Oh Land all over the world. These albums have also paved the way for a growing discography of hits, with "Sun Of A Gun", "White Nights", fan favorite "Wolf & I", Renaissance Girls" and "Cherry On Top", to name a few
I play piano and sing. I've played piano since I was four, my mum taught me to play. My dad played in bands, so he was more of a rock n roll kind of guy. I also used to sing drumbeats and annoy the shit out of my two brothers. Later on, I recorded some songs at home, and decided to sing the vocals on them - primarily because nobody else was around to perform them and I was keen to get something started!
I cut my hair this year (wow, big deal!!!) But it was a big deal for me, it was like I was showing my true face for the first time. Also, I figure, you can't see me singing from the side while I'm sitting at the piano with long hair!
I wanted to go to America to try all of this stuff out. They say that change is as good as a holiday, so I thought, "Why not have a change and have a holiday at the same time?!" But I knew it wasn't going to be a holiday. I knew it would be hard work, and it took a while to muster the courage to get myself over here, but I'm here now.
Someone asked me the other day, "What is it that you want to do?" I thought about it for a few seconds, and the best way for me to describe it was something like this: I just thought about how I'd sort of see myself on a stage, performing...
It was like:
"You know that moment when you're at a huge awards ceremony or watching one on TV, and there's all this glitz and glam, and flashes of light and it's all hype and craziness and then... some artist comes on stage, and just plays a song, either on their own or simply with one accompanist, and performs a heartstopping song that brings the whole f*ckin house down? That's kind of what I'd love to be able to do. That would be my ultimate goal, that would make me the happiest person alive."
There's another element that I love about music: I also like to groove. I'm not a trained dancer but dancing is where you get to express a certain energy where, instead of moving your fingers on the piano, you get to move your whole body. I used to do it only after a few beers, haha - but it's something I'd be into exploring more. Then there's the improvising element. I love going to gigs where it's a non-stop party, and there's that electric vibe in the room. The rhythm of jazz does that sometimes, when it's on. Prince did that once when I saw him at The Forum here in L.A. Donny Hathaway did it on "You Got A Friend" on his live album, 'cuz everyone was singing along, they were just spreading the love! Great comedians and actors do it too.