Sebright Arms, 31-35 Coate Street, London E2 9AG
Enchanting singer-songwriter Farao releases her debut album on 11 September, and to celebrate there will be an exclusive release show at London’s Sebright Arms on 10 September. Farao – the stage name of Kari Jahnsen – has good company for the concert, as support comes from fellow Norwegian EERA.
For Till It’s All Forgotten, Farao went to Iceland to work with Tunng’s Mike Lindsay as producer, as she did in 2013 for her hugely impressive self-titled debut EP. In the last 18 months her career has hit new heights, having recently played both Roskilde festival in Denmark and Oslo’s Øya festival. She was also featured in NPR’s and All Songs Considered’s “Songs We Love” series for the track ‘Hunter’, which demonstrates perfectly Jahnsen’s haunting and ethereal appeal.
The entire album is now streaming over on The Line Of Best Fit – who has also given the album an excellent review. So has Pitchfork, scoring a 7.1 and writing “She could have taken the easy road. We should all be thankful she didn’t.”,
Although currently based in Berlin, the 28-year-old Jahnsen has strong ties to London, having lived here until earlier this year. Jahnsen has described the album as “confident, hopeful and fun”, and has a sound that has evolved greatly from her earlier work; utilising a full-band set-up for a richer and more expansive feel. So far there have been releases of ‘Hunter’, ‘Warriors’ and ‘Bodies’, the latter of which comes with a video directed by Nina Knag and Ina Lerner Grevstad.
No doubt Till It’s All Forgotten is the first intriguing and multi-layered instalment of Farao’s career. Her London show is a great opportunity to see this live in an intimate venue before Jahnsen heads off to tour the USA.
Photo by Ella Schultz