About Lena Anderssen
Torshavn, Faroe Islands
Lovely and troubled at the same time you can say that Lena Anderssen is a mysterious hybrid of north meets west. With roots on both sides of the world, and a suitcase full of journeys and stories, this Faroese-Canadian songbird has gone from singing to pass the time as she worked in a coffee shop in the Faroe Islands to recording her latest album Let Your Scars Dance in London's Abbey Road studio. "With vocals that dance between sweet highs and sultry lows over tender, wistful pop melodies, it's not hard to see why." - Paste Magazine (US).
As a live performer Lena is known for her intense and intimate delivery of personal poetry and catchy pop songs that leave you with no doubt that this singer songwriter is the real deal. Having toured as support for acts like Roxy Music (UK), Beth Hart (US) and Xavier Rudd (AUS), Lena Anderssen is gaining new ground outside of the Faroe Islands too. In a glowing review of Let Your Scars Dance Belgian Magazine Rootstime compares Lena Anderssen to contemporary artists like Tift Merritt and KT Tunstall while music critic Jan Janssen at Real Roots Cafe has compared Lena to vintage artists like Joni Mitchell, Patti Smith.
In North America William Michael Smith of the Houston Press is putting it this way: "If you're one of those cynics who doesn't take a man's word for something, give a listen to the six tracks on her MySpace site and tell me you're too cool or too punk or too country or too post-pop-post-industrialist-deconstructionist-garage-rock-indie to embrace this."