If you have followed Anna von Hausswolff's music from the time of her 2010 debut, Singing from the Grave, through 2012's Ceremony (her first for Other Music Recording Co.), and now her stunning new album The Miraculous, you have heard an artist, who emerged fully formed, really come into her own. A classically-trained pianist and singer, the daughter of iconic Swedish sound artist C.M. von Hausswolff, Anna always had an original approach that combined powerful, haunting vocal melodies with lovely, swooning arrangements. But it was with her embrace of the pipe organ on Ceremony -- a truly arresting instrument much better known in churches than in popular music -- that Anna really found her muse. The Miraculous takes the sound that made Ceremony such a breakthrough for her to new heights, as she continues to drift away from pop and to incorporate elements of black metal, doom and drone, working with a powerful band including two guitars and a churning rhythm section, to create something that's wholly original. Advance press has been incredible, with high praise pouring in from the New York Times, Wire, Mojo, Stereogum, Q Magazine, and so many more. We try not to rave too much about our own records, so we'll leave it at that, but suffice it to say we are not alone in thinking that Anna is a very special artist, and The Miraculous is an incredible album. (November 12, 2015)

Reviewed by Josh Madell