[10 October 2011]
Whenever I’ve had the chance I’ve enthused about Swedish songstress Gabi Frödén and hoped for a full-length album from her Foreign Slippers project. In April, that finally became a self-released reality with the arrival of Farewell to the Old Ghosts, her beautifully haunted folk-pop début. Although the LP partly comprises re-recorded versions of songs originally released on last year’s free It All Starts Now EP, Frödén’s newer tunes are every bit as impressive. To celebrate its status as the title track of another new EP, the darkly soulful “Avalanche” has been given the video treatment courtesy of director Harry Amies.
Mixing augmented footage of Frödén with an unsettling story told through the time-honoured medium of puppetry, the film serves as a mystical new introduction to this under-appreciated London-based talent and is hopefully the signal of bigger things to come.