Phaedra – “The Sea” (2011)


Label : Rune Grammofon

Review by Luisa Mercier

Phaedra aka Ingvild Langgård is a multi-talented woman. She is a singer-songwriter, painter, photographer and “The Sea” is just the first release of what will become a trilogy.The moods of the album go from lively pastel colors to melacholic greys, but the main style can be defined psychedelic-folk. It is played with passion and pathos and it needs more listenings to be fully appreciated since it may seem quite omogenous at first.

Truth to be told, the eight tracks have been carefully crafted, in them you will find the harmonium, the zither, the hammond and some violins to create a dreamy and bucolic atmosphere. The vocals are always present and make everything very suggestive; Ingvild Langgård has been able to focus on beauty more than on technique, so we can flow from the sweet gloominess of “The Darkest Hour” to the more light-hearted “Honeydewed Autumn” preserving the same relaxed feeling. The mood is most peaceful, clearly acoustic-folk, rich in atmosphere able to affect everyone; this album allows you to enjoy a moment of poetry without hypocrysy. A creative and precious debut.

Rating – 70/100



  1. Death Will Come
  2. Honeydewed Autumn
  3. The First To Die
  4. Oserian
  5. Black Dog
  6. Sister
  7. The Darkest Hour
  8. The Sea


Line Up

  • Ingvild Langgard – vVocals
  • Gunhild Mathea Olaussen – Violin
  • Ane Marthe Holen – Percussion & vibraphone


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