[video of the week] Ida Wenøe – Echoes

New single from Nordic songstress Ida Wenøe taken from her forthcoming third album

Amongst a digital mountain range littered with accomplished folk-ish bands and singersongwriters, it is a rare miracle to come across a cave so rich in jewels as the one beneath Ida Wenøe’s ribcage. While she has an obvious appreciation of Americana, her sound is very definitely laced with more English undertones: the kind of sound Edward Woodward might have heard downstairs in the local inn had the Wicker Man been filmed in a remote Danish village, while Sarah Lund scoured for clues in her jumper. Like the best of the Nordic Noir leaving the Danish mainland, the recordings are at once both sonically pure and grimy; there’s a shared loneliness that makes you feel that you’re not at all; and all the while there is an honesty to the songwriting that tugs at your sleeve. While her grasp of English is second nature, there’s some of those intriguing turns of phrase that only a heart that dreams in another language can weave:

“The deep conceals things that are real/ look beyond the mirror/look beyond the mirror” ,“I know we see things differently/as long as it’s not separately” and “You’re a fish in a bottle/a cock in a coop/the essence of trying…”

Sure, she has the usual credible influences from Vashti to Joni, from Neil Young to Danish folk hero Sebastian; and there’s hints of Sandy Denny and Linda Perhacs. But to list artists she sounds like would be to miss the point entirely. As anyone who has witnessed a live show can attest, Ida Wenøe is very definitely Ida Wenøe. As Carsten Holm at Danish Radio P6 Beat put it, “she has an icy, almost Icelandic timbre. I haven’t heard this in any other Danish artist… an incredibly strong vocal…” God Is In The TV Zine went on to say her voice “boasts angelic notes which can often leak her endearing Danish roots…”

Wenøe´s debut album “Time of Ghosts” was released in The Nordic Countries in 2015 through Songcrafter Music, and created lot of attention. The following year Ida played showcases and concerts in Denmark, Sweden, USA, England, Germany, Switzerland, The Faroe Islands and Poland. She was nominated for a Danish Music Award as “Folk Songwriter of the Year”, and her music was used in DR (National TV) documentary “De Smukke Piger”. A showcase concert at Tonder Festival lead to a collaboration with UK booking agency BlueHouse Music, who set up a successful trio tour with Ida and her band The Silver Cords in the UK in 2016. In 2017 “Time of Ghosts” was released in the UK through Shellshock Distribution / The Orchard to wonderful reviews and was followed up by two live tours in April and November 2017. A showcase at SPOT Festival in Denmark in May 2017 lead to a new collaboration with German label DanCan Music and German booking agency Devil Duck Booking. “Time of Ghosts” was released in GSA in February 2018 and Ida toured in Italy, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Pakistan during the spring.

The fall of 2018 was spent recording the new album “The Things We Don´t Know Yet” with producer Esben Svane, and it was released on April 12th 2019 in a collaboration between Songcrafter Music (the Nordics) and Integrity Records (rest of the world). The album got some fabulous reviews especially in the UK, and Wenøe played shows and festivals in UK, Austria and Denmark during the summer and fall of 2019. A number of new collaborators have been added to the team surrounding Ida Wenøe over the last year. On the booking side APL Booking has taken over the booking in Central Europe + UK and Out On the Rise has taken over booking for the Nordics except Denmark. Austrian based ROLA Music is a the new PR partner for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.



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