Review/interview
“I had a chance to chat with Lovisa via email about her background and her music. She came off in the interview as someone who is imaginative, open and unpretentious, very much like her music.”
Ken B, Ben Cisco’s World of Music.
You can read the interview here. 2014-02-03

“I first met Lovisa Stahl at Path Cafe, NYC, where I was blown away by her amazing voice and solid guitar chops. Her new album, #2 is an eclectic mix of Fabulousness!”
Nicholas Ciavatta, Friggin Fabulous Radio
Listen Here to the radioshow 2013-11-27

“On her latest album, #2, Lovisa’s soulful voice and guitar playing shine bright, taking the listener on a captivating aural journey, heavy with well-directed instrumentation and storytelling. With a wonderful attitude and undying ambition, Lovisa Stahl is as determined as they come to make a name for herself in the music world.”

Gregory Allis, Live High Five, NYC
Read the interview here. 2013-11 27

REVIEW album #2

Review by Alex Henderson, Lovisa Ståhl – #2
2013-06-28

“Never Meant to Miss You,” “Claustrophobia” and other songs on this disc would be right at home at Lilith Fair (the female-oriented music festival that McLachlan co-founded in 1996).  “Shining Star” has an infectious hook and an empowering message (stay strong, believe in yourself, stay true to your goals), and if Ståhl were asked to perform the tune as a duet with Chapman or another R&B-influenced folk-rock/adult alternative artist at a Lilith Fair event, it would fit right in.

“Sabina” is a gem of a folk-rock song, albeit a sad gem.  The song (which would be perfect for triple-A/adult album alternative radio stations) is about a 17-year-old girl who is killed when she’s out horseback riding in the forest.  “Sabina” vividly describes the grief of her parents, making it a real tearjerker.  And Ståhl has no problem bringing the tragic tale to life in perfect English.

Ståhl’s high level of proficiency in English is evident.  Her English-language lyrics are nuanced ad sophisticated in a way that they wouldn’t be were she not truly fluent in the language. On top of doing all that writing, Ståhl co-produced #2 with her colleague Henrik Alsér.  Ståhl and Alsér’s production is warm and inviting; the album sounds well-produced but never overproduced and never cold or mechanical.

From the songwriting to the production to Ståhl’s sweetly expressive vocals, this CD is a winner.  Adult alternative and folk-rock enthusiasts will find a lot to admire on #2.

4 stars out of 5

Review by Alex Henderson (Alex Henderson is a veteran journalist/music critic whose work has appeared inBillboard, Spin, The L.A. Weekly, Creem, HITS, Jazziz, JazzTimes, CD Review, Skin Two, Black Radio Exclusive, Thrash Metal and a long list of other well known publications. Known for his eclectic tastes.)

Here you can read the whole review!

Review of Lovisa Ståhl #2 by Robert Craven
2013-07-07
Hailing from Malmö, SwedenLovisa Ståhl has a distinctive vocal sound that draws from such influences as Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Janis Siegel, PJ Harvey and also musically Jan Garbarek and Sidney Bechet spring to mind.
Lovisa herself plays guitar throughout with a ‘band’ supporting on various tracks. Filip Runesson: violin; Anders Djurfeldt: bass, vocal; Emil Sjunnesson: drums, percussion; Kristian Rimshult: piano; Steve Grahn: dobro, guitar, harmonica; Paddy Sherlock: trombone & Henrik Alser: keys, percussion.
The CD is produced by Lovisa Ståhl and Henrik Alser.
Ståhl’s phrasing around the beat is playful and reminds me of Art Pepper’s clarinet, the way she picks notes from the air.
‘Never meant to miss you’ opens as a bossa nova too, Ståhl’s phrasing draws from what sounds like a sax and shows restraint even when hitting the high notes, so as to not sound like she’s doing it for the sake of it. Another bass solo from Djurfeldt is short but keeps the playful jazzy atmosphere clipping along.
‘Why do you try’ is a slow ballad with piano, vocal and harmonica. Ståhl’s vocal style has shades of early Bette Midler and she bends the notes again with a nod toward the punk, with the backing showing considerable restraint and taste throughout – a haunting, beautiful piece. ‘Chasing the sun’ is a twelve bar blues in the Brooker T, Muddy Waters vein, opening on a solid bass line, Ståhl gives her vocals a solid blues work-out, but keeping it sexy as the harmonica backs her. A good acoustic guitar solo, very sparse and not over the top. The song has great lyrics describing nicely lazy days in bed. A great Sunday morning read the papers all day kind of track.
The last one ‘Claustrophobia’ ends on a flourish; violin, bass and drums build over Ståhl’s floating vocals. It’s a strong song, full of verve and as it builds Ståhl’s vocals weave and soar. It’s a rollercoaster of a song and if given to someone like David Guetta would have a global hit on her hands.
Lovisa Ståhl #2 is a beautifully produced and packaged CD, the 12 songs are outstanding in their own way and the standard of musicianship is superb.
A great album.
Robert Craven, Musicians Together Magazine

Quickie review by Mike Morrison – American Roots UK
Lovisa Stahl – #2 (2013)
A beautiful jazzy rootsy album of moody beautifully written, sung and played songs by the hugely talented Swedish songstress. Serves to confirm her quality following the terrific debut recording of a year ago.

Link to review!

Review by Tony S – Leciester Bangs “words-R-us”

Lovisa Ståhl – #2 (Versatility Records)Ståhl’s themes, from love and loss to strength through adversity and full-blown story-songs are delivered with adult emotions and perspectives, and gel perfectly with their arrangements and settings, whether jazz, folk or Latin flecked.

The latter is employed on opening cut “This Day”; a Brazilian inspired rhythm is over-locked with mournful gypsy-esque strings, which in turn, contrasts perfectly with Ståhl’s buoyant vocal. “Shining Star” is the first single to be taken from the album, and its appeal is instant; a great hook is augmented by soulful delivery, clever lyricism and a dancefloor-friendly swing.

Perhaps the best of an impressive bunch is “Sabina”, a delicate folk-rock song with enough drama and purpose to draw comparison to Kate Bush and Tori Amos. Its tale of a death and its repercussions suggests tragic narrative is just one of Ståhl’s many talents.

Read the review on their page.

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REVIEW album #1

Review by Tony Floyd Kenna, Musicians Together Magazine

Lovisa Ståhl is a singer-songwriter from Malmo in Sweden. This is her self-titled debut album of 10 beautifully crafted songs. Recorded in Los Angeles at Mark Boals Studios. In Lovisa’s own words, ‘What would a life be without moments? What would a life be without dreams? ‘ This sets a good stage for the songs here. They are about life, about love – about doing and not just letting the world pass you by. With her soft piercing voice, Lovisa’s music creates an atmosphere that makes an impression on your innermost thoughts, impossible to hide from.

The CD has a lovely little booklet with all the lyrics, which are very readable and paint a warm colourful vista even without the music. I first came accross Lovisa on Facebook a few months ago and was immediately captivated by her songs. Songs of life, songs of hope, songs to feel and dream to. All worthy of mention, so how to pick just a few?

In ‘Thousand Miles’  Lovisa sings, ‘Sometimes I’m a little girl, living in a too big world’. I believe we can all relate to that sentiment, no matter how hard, how fast and how furious we travel thru’ everyday life sometimes we can all feel a little fragile ‘So don’t break my heart, ‘cause it’s easy to tear my heart apart’.

The closing track is ‘Feel It For real’. Opening with the lines ‘It’s not my intention to interfere with your emotions’. Honest, from the heart like all the lyrics here. Nothing I can write can really do justice to just how beautiful this collection of songs is. Most are just Lovisa and her guitar but still have a big feel. Additional instrumentation features on a few tracks and this does add a little extra colour to the canvas.

Strengths

Songwriting, melody, lyrics, vocals, sympathetic guitar, warm recording.

Here is the review at Musicians Together Magazine

 

Review by Mike Morrison American Roots, UK.

4****

Lovisa Stahl hails from Sweden and recorded this, her debut album, in MBLA studios in Los Angeles, aided and abetted by Mark Boals of Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli John Roth, Ring of Fire, Ted Nugent and plenty more! Not only does she have a beautiful, character laden voice but she is also, on the strength of this album, an excellent songwriter. She is probably influenced by Joni Mitchell amongst others, also having a similar sound to singer songwriters such as Shawn Colvin and Jane Siberry, but an advantage she has is slightly more edginess and some excellent melodies. Her sound is very sparse but unlike some albums in a similar mould, there is always something of interest going on with the melody and instrumentation. Her music is strongly folksy but with a little of the high lonesome country feel and perhaps even a slight nod to an edgy bluesiness. The production is incredibly clean and open, giving full rein to her lovely vocals and the strong and varied lyrics that are mainly centred around the pros and cons of human relationships.
She is, as several of these songs suggest, quite happy to delve into the more intimate side of relationships but always with a taste and feel that very few seem able to match. I must admit that over the years I have listened to probably hundreds of albums in a similar vein and whilst in the main pleasant none, or very few, have left a lasting impression. This album is different! Whilst the instrumentation is very sparse, it is perfectly selected and played. Piano comes into play on several songs at just the right time on the album as a whole to give a little variety to the overall balance. There is just a single guitar on most songs but always incredibly tuneful and varied, accompanied on several songs by a gorgeous harmonica sound, rarely with just the usual strummed chords!
Of course, in the end it’s all about the songs and everything on this album is good but Thousand Miles is a personal favourite with it’s lovely harmonies and tuneful guitar on a song that says despite appearances she is not really strong enough to cope with a broken heart, whilst River has more beautiful harmonies on a song reminiscent of Jane Siberry with some excellent guitar work playing around the melody.
The ten songs on this gorgeous album are all beautifully conceived and written, but what lifts them that extra notch is Lovisa’s beautiful, emotion laden vocals and the extraordinary harmonies. Add all this to the excellent open sounded production and already mentioned instrumentation and this really should be the start of a hugely successful career. At times pleasantly serene, at others simply stunning!

Here’s the review at American Roots

 

Here follows som press and photos:

2013-11-27 Friggin Fabulous Radio, NYC
2012-09-04 Thousand miles, Svt
2012-09-04 Portrait, Swedish television
2012-08-03 BltSydöstran
2012-02-22 11.11.11 One Day On Earth – Global song collaboration
2012-01-27 Artist of the week (friday, interview in Swedish included) Radio Malmöhus
2012-01-26 Artist of the week (thursday) Radio Malmöhus
2012-01-25 Artist of the week (wednesday) Radio Malmöhus
2012-01-24 Artist of the week (tuesday) Radio Malmöhus
2012-01-23 Artist of the week (monday) Radio Malmöhus
2011-10-28 CD review – American roots
2011-10-21 Cd-review – Musician together magazine
2011-10-10 Sydöstran
2011-09-08 Radio Blekinge
2011-09-08 Blekingeposten
2011-08-01 Sydöstran
2011-07-20 Radio Blekinge
2011-03-30 Malmö Fria

Photographer: Leif Johansson, X-ray foto.
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