Swedish born, New Orleans based soul singer Theresa Andersson is back with a new album, Street Parade, a lush, joyful and sometimes melancholy ode to the city she has called â€œhomeâ€ for nearly 20 years.
A stunning vocalist and a talented multi-instrumentalist, Theresa is best known for her live shows, where she crafts complexly layered songs using bevy of drums, stringed instruments and looping pedals. She became an internet phenomenon in 2008, when Youtube featured a home-made video of her performing a song in her kitchen. The song, â€œNa Na Na,â€ from her album Hummingbird, Go!, logged 750,000 views in three days, and has gone on to accumulate nearly 1.5 million views on YouTube.
Anderssonâ€™s new album, Street Parade, reflects a dreamy Nordic pop sensibility firmly rooted and influenced by the warm gospel and soul sounds that drew the artist to New Orleans in the first place. The title track, â€œStreet Parade,â€ opens the record with resounding vocals rising over a regimental drum-line, testifying to the catharsis and impermanence of the carnival. The focus then draws back cinematically into the rush of the parade as the piano fades on â€œInjuns,â€ and Theresaâ€™s voice bounds over a heart-quickening percussion of handclaps, drumsticks and thrumming base. Theresaâ€™s voice plays from a tongue-in-cheek 60s standard to a subtle snarl on the nocturnal brass breakdown of â€œFiyaâ€™s Gone.â€ Â â€œWhat Comes Nextâ€ opens with a bright horn melody and mighty drum cadence leading into a powerful chorus on which Theresa is joined by Peter Moren of Peter Bjorn and John. Check out the â€œWhat Comes Nextâ€ MP3 where it premieres on SPIN or HERE.
To celebrate the launch of Street Parade, Theresa is partnering with the all-femaleÂ KREWE OF MUSES, one of the most entertaining and unique Mardi Gras krewes, to debut music from her album. Working with renowned puppeteer Arthur Mintz, creator of the award-winning theater version of Fantastic Mr. Fox, the Mardi Gras performance will feature a puppet-driven float with Theresa, The Muses, and a 40 piece band of singers, drummers and horn playersÂ performing songs from the album.
Theresa Andersson Upcoming Performances:
2/16: New Orleans @ MARDI GRAS!
3/8: NYC @ Joeâ€™s Pub, 7:30 pm
4/14: Mobile, AL @ Callaghanâ€™s Irish Social Club
4/18: New Orleans @ Lafayette Square (Free Show), 5pm
5/4: New Orleans @ JAZZFEST