The Swedish winter is long and cold, but Sarah Dawn Finer already has plans to warm it up. Her new album “Vinterland” (“Winterland”) will play on seasonal themes, and Sarah says it’s going to be a little bit melancholic. It’s hard to imagine SDF going all dark and gloomy. I mean, how melancholic can a schlager queen like her get? But if she does, it will be an extreme makeover to remember! She’ll unveil the new style on November 7, when the new album hits the shelves. Sarah will then embark on a 13-city tour of Sweden.
Sarah must really love winter, since it’s her second winter-related album. In 2010 she released the Christmas album “Winterland”, which was a huge success. It reached #2 on the Swedish charts.
“Vinterland” will all be in Swedish and is going to include original songs and covers of Sarah’s favorite winter tunes. “I wanted to record new, original songs, and collaborate with other artists, but at the same time wanted to interpret some traditional Swedish winter songs,” she says.
Among these new versions is a cover of the Swedish Christmas song “Jul jul” (“Christmas Christmas”) which will be sung as a duet with Stephen Simmonds. A lot of Melodifestivalen-related artists have covered the song in the past, including Sanna Nielsen, Shirley Clamp and Sonja Aldén in their 2010 Christmas album Vår Jul. There’s also a cover of “Valborg” by Håkan Hellström, which Sarah sang on the TV show “Musikhjälpen” (Music aid) in 2013. The album also includes interesting collaborations like a song written for Sarah by the Swedish singer and song writter Laleh, who has never written a song for another artist untill now. Another collaboration is a Swedish version of the Tori Amos song “Winter”.
During her concert tour, which kicks off on 28 November, Sarah will sing songs from both “Vinterland” and the 2010 album “Winterland”, joined by a 5 piece band on stage. “It will be a tour for everyone who wants to escape the cold and dark winter months for a while, and get to share musical warmth with a great band playing fantastic songs that are both beautiful, sometimes melancholy, and other times, very hopeful,” she says.
If you’ll be in Sweden around November, you might want to buy a ticket for one of her shows here!