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Thursday, August 7, 2014

MAGGIE BJORKLUND TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM SHAKEN; ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR DATES WITH NEKO CASE



(credit: Jan Stuhr; download for public use)

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*Album comes out September 29 in Europe and October 14 in the United States

*Announcement of tour dates with Neko Case in Europe

*Plus, the exclusive track and video launch of “Missing At Sea” with SPIN


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Maggie Bjorklund (https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/artist/maggie-bjorklund) is releasing a new album Shaken on September 29 in Europe and on October 14 in the United States via Bloodshot Records. The pre-order sale link is available here (https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/album/shaken).

The lead single “Missing At Sea” is available for sharing here: https://soundcloud.com/bshq/missing-at-sea-by-maggie-bjorklund/s-PSQhE

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Bjorklund is a pedal steel guitarist/singer/composer from Copenhagen, Denmark. She has made a name for herself as an exceptional and stylistically unique musician, combining the tastes and techniques a wide variety of music - country, indie rock, film scores, psychedelia, pop - into a seamless blend of roots music. Over the years she has landed coveted touring gigs with Jack White (and performed on his latest Lazaretto), X’s John Doe and Exene Cervenka, and Howe Gelb and recruited big names for her debut release Coming Home in 2011: Mark Lanegan, Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino, John Auer (the Posies), to name a few.

Shaken puts Bjorklund together with another A-plus band, consisting of drummer Convertino, Barb Hunter on cello, Jim Barr (Portishead) on upright bass, John Parish (noted for his work as a singer/songwriter/producer with PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) on guitars/electric bass and production, and a featured guest vocal appearance by Kurt Wagner (Lambchop).

The album was written while Bjorklund was recently tending to her mother in the hospital, just before she passed away. Shaken is full of potent memories and emotional outpouring, as translated into the warm but dark sonic textures. Much of the music here - whether instrumental or with vocals - flows like lucid dreams, with the listener visualizing the scenery via detailed aural talisman (e.g. the surreal warped music box feel in “The Road To Samarkand”) and sepia-tinged picturesque tchotchkes (in “Walking” Maggie delicately sings, “ice in a glass/ and I held it to cool the palm of my hand” or “stones in the road/ worn-out boots and street signs for shows”). At the sound’s core are the subtly dominant and defining touches of Bjorklund’s pedal steel melody lines, best heard in the distorted ghostly swells of “Bottom of the Well” and the breathy waves of “The Unlucky.”

SPIN Magazine announced the album release and launched the video and track for “Missing At Sea”: http://www.spin.com/articles/maggie-bjorklund-shaken-missing-at-sea-stream-jack-white/


In addition to the new release, Maggie will be playing some shows in August and October, supporting Neko Case and Jolie Holland. Details and dates are all listed below, with more dates to be added soon.

Aug 12  Voxhall  Aahus, DK – supporting Neko Case
Aug 13  Kampnagel Summer in Hamburg DE – supporting Neko Case
Aug 14  Tolhuis in Amsterdam NL – supporting Neko Case
Oct 7   De Centrale in Gent BE – co-headline with Jolie Holland
Oct 8  Ideal Bar (Vega) in Copenhagen DK

FOR ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES, CHECK BACK: https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/tours-events/185

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