Astrid Swan is a Finnish performer and a songwriter who has released six critically acclaimed albums in Finland and internationally. Over the last 15 years Swan has explored themes such as embodiment, feminism, loss, trauma and hope in her poetic artpop. She has performed all over Europe and the USA.
Astrid Swan’s latest album From The Bed and Beyond was written and produced by Swan. The songs depict the aftermath of breast cancer. It is about the body; giving birth, becoming a mother, then becoming a patient – becoming a physical body that is defined by medicine, controlled and intervened, unknown and simultaneously more feeling than ever. From the Bed and Beyond is a pop record about loss, death, grief and hope.
Some press reaction for From The Bed And Beyond
“It is a beautifully sad song that hovers expertly on the edge of desolation and sorrow while reminiscing on a long struggle.” (A Long Time Running) Ja Ja Ja
“Further proof, if ever it were needed, of the importance of music, both created and consumed, the new record from Astrid Swan is a strikingly personal piece of work armed with the ability to make an impact on the listener, wherever they might be coming from” (A Long Time Running) Gold Flake Paint
“Her battle’s personal, but it’s also relatable for any of us who’ve been faced with the concept of death…that’s what makes music so powerful. The song has this huge feel to it, filled with backing chorus and careful orchestration to really bring the notes home to the listener.” Austin Town Hall
“This is the sad and beautiful new single from Astrid Swan”. (A Long Time Running) SWIT
Find a full selection of album reviews and interviews here
From The Bed & Beyond has been nominated for both The Nordic Music Prize and the critics nomination for the Finnish Grammys – Emma.
SELECTED OLDER PRESS:
Prefix (Four Months To Kill)
Spin (small interview 2011)
Prefix (In My Own House premiere 2013)
NRGM (Astrid4 album review Finnish)
Soundi (Astrid4 album review Finnish)
Glue (Astrid4/ Four Months To Kill)
One Chord (Astrid4/ Four Months To Kill)
KDHX (Four Months To Kill)
Ja Ja Ja (Four Months To Kill)
Ja Ja Ja (Astrid4/ Nature Calling)