Super talented songbird Eli Na has released a new EP, Nature Is My Mother Now. Under her previous alias Dear Euphoria, her music has reached hundreds of thousands of plays on Youtube and BBC has called her ”The Swedish Kate Bush”.
In Nature Is My Mother Now, Eli Na is back with her distinctive dreamy, magical sound and beautiful lyrics. Nature Is My Mother Now, is available on Spotify. Below is the new song Jasmine.
Australian Stu Larsen is touring all over the world with Passenger, supporting his shows. Amongst all of that, Stu and Japanese harmonica player Natsuki Kurai recorded an EP, Ryeford, in Australia. Reyford was released this summer and Stu and Natsuki have been touring Europe the last month.
I met up with them in Copenhagen. They arrived late in the afternoon after a long drive from southern Germany, where they had played the night before. We took some photos in the somewhat rough area of Vesterport before the show. And what a wonderful show.
PS. Stu Larsen will be back in Scandinavia playing with Passenger the 31st October in Stockholm and 3rd November in Copenhagen.
And a video session Stu and Natsuki recorded in Copenhagen.
Support act to Stu and Natsuki was Danish band Davenport. They have just released their new album, Bloodshot Eyes. Really good stuff.
Her sculptural powerful designs have been shown at museums around the world, including Swedish National Museum. She started to create a universe of characters, “New Population”, and decided to bring them to life through performing art and music under the name Wallenberg.
In her shows, Wallenberg takes on the personality and clothing from one of her characters in New Population. I love that she pushes the boundaries and move freely between fashion design, costume design, art and music. It makes her unique.
The photos below are from a performance at Seaweed Magazine Release Party at Från Ö till A in Stockholm.
My beautiful friend and super talented street artist Deb is back in Melbourne. She is busy painting around Australia at the moment. I adore her feminine ladies and you can find them around the city, well, around the world really.
The second painting is from Uniacke Ct, CBD Melbourne. You find more of her work at her site.
(The drawing in the first photo is by another artist.)
Australian Stu Larsen played in Stockholm last night. Last time he was here, he was supporting Passenger and it’s great to see that Stu is gaining a solid following here. I really love his voice and I’m looking forward to the new album. It will be released later this fall.
Last year I sat in a tiny room next to the stage at a music venue in Stockholm with a couple of friends. Stu Larsen and Michael Rosenberg aka Passenger played the guitar and sang a bit before they were to go on stage. It was breathtakingly beautiful.
I met up with Stu in Copenhagen a couple of months ago on his European tour with Natsuki Kurai and we took some portraits in the hip and rugged area Vesterbro.
Stu and Passenger played in Stockholm last week, in a much larger venue, for a massive crowd. Of course. “Let Her Go” by Passenger reached number one in Sweden, as it did in many other countries. And their music is stronger than ever.
The room by the stage may have gotten bigger but some things remained exactly the same. Stu and Mike are both so warm and friendly and really quite funny. And it was as great as always catching up before they hit the road continuing their tour.
Some photos from the Stockholm show.
Stu Larsen (support)
Let Her Go, recorded last year. Directed by Dave Jensen.
I lived in Melbourne when I heard of Dear Euphoria the first time. I had been seeing a Swedish musician and he went on and on about the band. I downloaded the songs and was completely blown away.
I remember that I had an assignment to develop 5×4 prints at RMIT and I spent 30 minutes in complete darkness in the darkroom just listening to Elina’s voice. It’s impossible not to be moved.
Dear Euphoria played in Stockholm last night and the room was completely quiet. The woman sitting next to me had tears in her eyes and I could feel mine tear up too. It’s just so beautiful, fragile and strong at the same time.
Some photos from last night. Emil (Koko) helped out on stage.
Stockholm Photography Week has just ended and I did a 3-day master class workshop with Anders Petersen. I love the rawness of his pictures, yet they remain human, sympathetic to the subject.
It’s been intense and inspiring days and Petersen was generous in sharing his experiences and to give feedback. He gave us a couple of assignments to shoot and present the following day and below are my photos.