Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Usually ships within 2 to 3 days.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Ceremony has been added to your Cart
Used: Like New | Details
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: NOT USED! still sealed, w/ no cuts or punchouts. eligible for FREE Super Saving Shipping! Ships directly from Amazon's distribution warehouse..
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Ceremony
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Ceremony


See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Instantly with Amazon Music Prime Members Album
Other Formats & Versions Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, July 9, 2013
"Please retry"
$10.99
$5.99 $4.63
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Provided by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.
$10.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details Usually ships within 2 to 3 days. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Ceremony + No Fools, No Fun (Amazon Exclusive - 2 Track Bonus Version)
Price for both: $22.93

One of these items ships sooner than the other.

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 9, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Possum Records
  • ASIN: B00CV1PCY0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,672 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's Anna von Hausswolff Store

Visit Amazon's Anna von Hausswolff Store
for all the music, discussions, and more.

Customer Reviews

If you like big sounding organ music, you will enjoy this album.
R. S. Kunter
In fact, I can't think of any other artist whose music bears any more than a loose similarity to what Anna is doing here.
Jan Schlösser
This is a very different recording, great melody, intense with the pipe organ.
unhappy camper

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jan Schlösser on October 29, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
`Ceremony' is the second album by Swedish pianist Anna von Hausswolff. Just like her debut album did in 2010, `Ceremony' reached rank number 5 in her home country's music charts. She's still a bit of an insider tip outside of Scandinavia, but luckily, her music keeps gathering the attention of more and more online magazines and blogs, so this could change in the near future. And hopefully it will, as she definitely deserves a larger audience.

Now to the actual music: on `Ceremony', Anna von Hausswolff manages to develop her own style - and very unique one. While it was easy to think of references to compare her work to when listening to her debut album `Singing from the Grave', I'm having a hard time to do so for this album. In fact, I can't think of any other artist whose music bears any more than a loose similarity to what Anna is doing here.

What does the music sound like then? Well, the biggest change compared to her debut is that Anna decided to replace her piano with a church organ for her new album. Simply put, one could say that she plays pop songs on the church organ. However, labeling her music just as pop would be an oversimplification. Because, listening to this album, I cannot help but suspect that while preparing her album, she was also listening to some of her father Carl Michael von Hausswolff's recordings, and let those recordings inspire her work on `Ceremony'. That is because said father, a well-known sound artist and composer, tends to use a lot of drones in his work (for example, listen to `800.000 seconds in Harar'). And in fact there are tons of drones on `Ceremony' as well. Just listen to `Deathbed'!
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nik on March 2, 2013
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
Overall this is a great album that requires some patience to appreciate. Each time I listen to it I discover a new song I didn't like last time. The highlights for me are "Mountains Crave", "Red Sun", and "Ocean". Anna's got a lot of character in her voice and she's not afraid to let it loose. This album is certainly something different.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Fisher TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 22, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is my first exposure to Anna von Hausswolff, and I must say I've come away impressed. Many people, and that includes me in spades, often seem to be comforted by comparing new music to things they have heard before, so I'll start there.

What drew me in at first were the simple, up and down arpeggios that start off the first track, "Epitaph of Theodor". They immediately recalled for me the organ arpeggios that launch Philip Glass's soundtrack to the film "Koyaanisqatsi". There were several other instances in which arpeggios and other repetitive patterns worked as in a minimalist composition.

But soon that all fell away as the other instruments started coming in -- particularly the guitars, which run the gamut from a reverb-soaked, surf-like sound, to soaring high-pitched solos and grungy low chords. The atmospherics recalled for me many of my favorite things, including the best of Ennio Morricone's spaghetti Western soundtracks and the classic art rock of early Pink Floyd, circa the "Meddle" era. The abstract atmospherics of "No Body" put me in a Gyorgy Ligeti or Karlheinz Stockhausen frame of mind.

Then of course, there are von Hausswolff's vocals. Many have compared her vocal timbre to Kate Bush, and not without reason. She does bring kind of an edge to things, though. Her dramatic vocal entrance halfway through "Deathbed", the second track of the album, is quite remarkable, using her upper registers to tremendous plaintive effect. That effect is not repeated too often in the remainder of the album, and where her vocals are a bit more conventional but still striking in their own way. Her voice stands out in stark relief against the sheer power of the pipe organ, thrust out like a small island on an ocean of sound.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Palmer on October 22, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After hearing her featured on NPR, I immediately ordered the CD and was not disappointed. I like unusual music, so if you're looking for mainstream pop, this is NOT the album for you! I can understand critics who point out that the musicianship and the song writing are both pretty simplistic, but the combination of the church organ and Anna's voice make these songs work. The subtle drums and guitar embellishments add an extra sonic dimension without intruding too much, and these additions enhance the mood of each piece. You'll hear hints of Kate Bush in Anna's voice, but she displays a range of styles, liberally trading between soft vocals, celtic-style chanting, and husky growling, sometimes within the same song.

I'm still enjoying it after probably a dozen listens over the past month or so. Again, "Ceremony" is not for everyone... Anna Von Hausswolff is an acquired taste, but worth a try if you need a breath of fresh air after choking on the dull nonsense that passes for contemporary music these days!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr C on January 31, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm not sure how I heard of Anna Von Hausswolf (was it Linn records?) but I was very taken by the song 'Funeral for my future children', such that I ordered the album.

I thought that she might only have one song in her but this is not the case. There is something indefinable about her music that draws one into a kind of contemplative trance (well, at leasts , this one). In short, I love it, although I don't quite know why.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Topic From this Discussion
Lyrics? Be the first to reply
Have something you'd like to share about this product?
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Ceremony
This item: Ceremony
Price: $13.98 $10.99
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for Similar Items by Category