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Stina Nordenstam

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Stina Nordenstam (born Kristina Ulrika Nordenstam on 4 March 1969 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish singer, songwriter and musician.

In 1991, the year she released her first album Memories of a Colour, Nordenstam played at the Swedish parliament as part of the Year of Jazz. Her early work, including her second album, And She Closed Her Eyes, released in 1994, was significantly jazz-influenced, with only subtle elements of alternative rock. With 1997’s Dynamite she started down a darker, more experimental path; most of the album was filled with processed, distorted electric guitars and unusual beats, but careful listening revealed her unique song-writing abilities.

An album of covers, People Are Strange, followed before she returned in 2001 with This Is Stina Nordenstam, an album with shorter songs and a more pop-like feel; ex-Suede vocalist Brett Anderson featured on two tracks. In 2003 Nordenstam appeared in a duet with Jonas Bjerre from Mew on Mew’s third album Frengers, with a song called “Her Voice Is beyond Her Years”. Between 2003 and 2004 she made the Swedish radio-theatre series called The Fears of the Ice, about one of the first polar expeditions.

Her 2004 album, The World Is Saved, continues the path set on This Is…, but presents a more realised sound and acknowledges her earlier jazz influences more.

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  • jemly

    i need her.

    22 Mar 4:59am Reply
  • yoshie_sweet

    I love her and her music

    15 Mar 1:39pm Reply
  • sigridwallinahl

    She is actually related to Björk! Just read this... I knew it all along!

    28 Jan 8:09pm Reply
  • pedroneto

    This boost in number of scrobblings of Soon After Christmas got me wondering. Does it happen every year after Christmas? Or was it played in a TV show or something?

    14 Jan 12:27am Reply
  • Lazysunshine

    she's so special very unique expressions

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • TKi

    TWiS is finally being released on vinyl: http://www.wearebeaconsound.com/shop/stina-nordenstam-the-world-is-saved

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • aermancer

    Come To Me is my favorite song, ever. I can't believe this woman stopped.

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • TKi

    Actually, that installation is originally from 2005, but she did an hour+ interview in Swedish regarding the installation last year: "Swedish musician and artist Stina Nordenstam talks with curators Richard Julin and Tessa Praun. In this trialogue (conversation in three) Stina Nordenstam talks about her perception of time, her relationship to music, art and the world in general, as well as how she has been affected by the media attention." http://www.magasin3.com/en/blog/exhibitions/previous/on-the-tip-of-my-tongue/?postTabs=1

    1 Sep 2014 Reply
  • sakamotocross

    Yes, she's still alive, and she created a sound installation for the Magasin 3 art gallery last year: http://www.magasin3.com/en/blog/exhibitions/previous/on-the-tip-of-my-tongue/

    12 Jul 2014 Reply
  • avanillasky

    I can't believe I only started listening to her a month ago. Absolutely incredible discography, absolutely fascinating human. I am in love.

    25 Mar 2014 Reply
  • harreh

    I've been digging Stina Nordenstams tunes for a some time now, and about a year ago when I started to wonder where she'd gotten to I reached an odd conclusion: what if her last album 'The World Is Saved' is actually some pessimistic opinion of her farewell from the music business. I mean the last the track is even called 'the end of a love affair'. Anyway I dont know if I still agree with this opinion, but I still do wonder what she's up to...

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • jemly

    adore.

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • sakamotocross

    Didn't Stina once say, "I'd like to see you bleed?" I wouldn't take any advice from her, ever.

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • daviesr7

    Silly boy. Listen to Stina. Always.

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Tahula

    Clothe Yourself Well For The Wind, Idiot. I went to school with t-shirt and a thin zipper hoodie today. There was fucking freezing strong wind.

    6 Mar 2013 Reply
  • origamicreature

    I miss her. I literally MISS her.

    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • jemly

    i don't know why it took me so long to delve into her discography. but now i have. and i am a happy girl.

    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • alwaystraveling

    Stina where are you?

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Afternoise

    I'd like to know where the hell is she and what is she doing, besides those 'Nine Horses' collabs. I hope is a new album; it's been 8 (almost 9) years since 'The World Is Saved' :/

    27 Oct 2012 Reply
  • pechorkinname

    Где она?

    20 Oct 2012 Reply
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