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about

Inga's breakthrough album, garnering support from Australian national radio network Tripe J, radio National, and album of the week in many magazines. The album spent a phenomenal 11 months in the Australian Independent Top 10.

"...dripping in emotion it is nothing short of magic...imagine being tossed around by a storm of strings, bass and drums, all held together by a voice that expresses so much with so little effort. Inga’s voice is a fresh sound that is crying to be heard; this album will not disappoint.”(Album of the Week, Benjamin Chinnock, The Brag Magazine, Australia)

“Brilliant composing, unbelievable string arrangements…Inga’s emotional voice shines on the new movie-like album Elk…”(Trip 404, Finland)

4 Stars- “Inga Liljestrom’s voice tickles angels’ ears…her sultry voice of yesteryear is the mesmerising centerpiece...this jazz-trained Sydney singer raises gooseflesh.” (Chloe Sasson, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia)

"What a triumph! …This… is just something else… A long player of timeless beauty..." (DJ Huwston, 3D World Magazine, Australia)

"Drenched in a narcotic otherworldliness, it’s as much an interior journey to the deepest extremes of Inga’s musical well – a sort of seductive one-on-one with an inspired mind. Taken as a whole, the 12 songs are like weather stations in a sea of emotion, to chart a course thru shifting moods and dreamscapes. Elk is many-layered and simple at the same time, impressionistic resonances and overtones as important as the detail. That unique voice of Liljestrom is what brings it all together. Blessed with a fragile/strong feel that can whisper intimacies even when filling the soundscape with primal cries, it’s a voice that focuses listeners and draws them in." (Perry Kilmer, Drum Media Magazine, Australia)

"Swooping orchestral fragments are spliced to jagged beats, and soundtracky atmospherics are wedded to a witchy aesthetic...one of the most arresting voices I’ve heard in a long time. one of the most exciting releases of the year.” (Dave Curry, The Canberra Times, Australia)

“From the first sigh of the violins that open this mesmerizing album, you will be trapped and enchanted by Elk...Her talent is immense. From the delicate, fragile and otherworldly poetry of her lyrics, to her ghostly, sensual voice. Phoenix is dazzling: cello and violins arcing over industrial sighs and breathy silences, all held together by Inga’s astounding voice, gracefully reaching clear highs and husky lows. Your skin will quiver and your heart will rise with the soaring chorus: it is an incredibly beautiful song." (Shannon, 3D World Magazine, Australia)

"At core, this is swathes of moonlit texture sometimes propelled by machine pulse drums and acoustic bass, rippled with thematic strings and chimed by slide guitar, over which Inga whispers, croons and intones lyrics that are a collision of ethereal and existential. Crushed roses and drawn velvet curtains melancholia, but in the worthy cause of risque passion. ‘Bullet’, an exquisite portrayal of unrequited yearn; and the closing track, ‘Stolen’, an eerie eclipse of sun-warmed strings over frozen emotions." (Leslie Sly, Sound & Image Magazine, Australia)

"In a league of her own…” 5/5 (Hamish Ta-Me, Crema Magazine, Australia)

credits

released April 21, 2005

All tracks written by Inga liljestrom except track 2 by Inga and Haydn Walker; track 4 and 10 by Inga and Michael Lira.
String arrangements on tracks 1, 2, and 4 by Haydn Walker; on 6, 8 and 12 by Inga and Haydn; 10 by Haydn, Inga and Michael Lira.
Beats- Jacob Cook.
Additional beats track 2- Bob Scott.
Guitars- 4, 7, 10 Michael Lira.
4, 11 and hidden track- Liberty Kerr.
4, 9, 11- Tim Rollinson; 10 by Haydn Walker.
Harp on 1 , 8 by Clare Cooper.
Veronique Serret- violin.
Natasha Rumiz- viola.
Anthea Scott- Mitchell- cello.
Whistle on 7- Peter Miller.
Soundscapes- Inga Liljestrom.
2,7, 12 Paul Searles; 6, 11 Will Frasier.
Trumpet- 3 Sloth.
Double bass- 2 Michael Lira; 3, 4 Cameron Undy; 4, 7, 8, 10 Lloyd Swanton.

Post production by Bob Scott.
Recorded by Liberty Kerr.
Vocals recorded by Tim Whitten.
Mixed by Liberty Kerr.
Produced by Liberty Kerr and Inga Liljestrom.
Mastered by William Bowden.
This project was assisted by the Commonwealth Government, through the Australia Council, its funding and advisory body.

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Inga Liljeström London, UK

I am an Australian/Finnish composer, vocalist and performer. I've also begun to experiment with film, collage, music for installations and an iPhone app, and have recently collaborated with universities in Australia and Finland in music and performance art.

Currently based in the UK.

Banner photography by Sarah Delaney. Profile image painted by Esmeralda Raven Aponte
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Track Name: Film Noir
Monkey shines
Snow capped strangers
Blind folded we hold hands
Going nowhere and far
A signpost empty

I forget who I am
No road is forever dear friend
So dangerous
This place inside you

Lantana honey on my tongue
Tastes like winter but warm inside
Ah - I will dress red for you

I forget who I am
No road is forever dear friend
So dangerous
This place inside you

Now I forget who I am
The red sun
Glacier melts
Inside my mouth
Heart and lung
I belong to you now
So dangerous
This place inside you

I forget who I am
No road is forever dear friend
Like cars and foreign places
We lose ouselves here

So dangerous
This place we've found
Track Name: Phoenix
Loss of your heart
You fall into danger
A hawksept boy
Two moons around him
I watch him break the dawn this morning

He's all I needed
He's all I've wanted

For a new day will rise
We meet the dawn with sleepless eyes
Don't we love
I trace the lines around your eyes
Try to recognize the signs
North wind is cold today
Ain't it love

This place I waited all day for you
Rainjacket pulled over your head
Your face is all agrin
My lovers like the sun
He's come to warm me
Thaw this ice
It goes right through
To the core in me

For a new day will rise
We meet the dawn with sleepless eyes
Don't we love
I trace the places you have been in me
Come my love only you can
Thaw this ice to me now

And a new day has come
You lose your heart
And forget about danger
And you, my wildest love
You fly the phoenix way, don't you
You're too high for me now

Heaven's above
We can't go wrong
Angels watching us
I'm sure of it
Angels are watching us

Just crash your body with mine love
It won't be long now
Track Name: Lira
Distant mountains
Cause his heart to race
Race

Your wings in flight
Dark and sharp
Asphalt road

Headed for a head on
Collision with love
I could sense it
I could taste it a mile off

Hold me, hold me with your eyes
Hold me, hold me with your eyes

We drive on in the dark
Gas station
You smoke a cigarette
And she's dancing like diamonds
The wind is wild
But you are wilder love

Dangerous place in me you've found
Dangerous place

Headed for a head on
Collision with love
I could sense it
I could taste it a mile off

The lights of your eyes
The wind is wild

Headed for a head on
Collision with love
I dress lightly
So you see the curves in me
We drive on in the dark
We drive on in the dark
Dangerous place you've found in me
Track Name: Knotted
Dirt road
Row edges of you
Last sun has cought you
And framed you love
Like waking up
I imagine my escape with you
A mountain peak cracked open
I don't know how to move

My hands still knotted
And my belly
It burns with desire

Harsh the wind
And harsh your mouth love
Stormy seas I live for it now
A restless head a restless heart
A silver thread
To catch my love upon

My hands still knotted
And my belly
It burns with desire

What's this fire
In your eyes, love
I want my lover pure still
Want him come take his fill
Track Name: All Of This
All of this
Is yours
You can lose yourself here
Your name bursts inside my mouth
I will never be the same

I will never be the same
For your love it leaves a stain in me

I am stunned
By your beauty
I am quivering
Now my life's begun
Speak to me
With tongues of angels
Return to me
At night

I will never be the same
For your love it leaves a stain in me
I know you've been wild before now
Won't try to tame you
The tangled hair of you
Just lay me down now
Lay me down now
Lay me down

All of this
Is yours
You can lose yourself here
I'm an elk and you're a deer
we have our differences
I am all yours love
I am all yours love

Lay me down
Lay me down here
Let me hear
The lose change in your pocket
Lay me down
Lay me down
Lay me down here
Track Name: Glow
Unfold myself
Eyes wide and liquid
Awaken by falling
While you sleep
I pour myself into you
Speak with angels
They know you

Can hardly speak
Can hardly make sense of
All that has happened lately

As I fall in the dark
Things so beautiful
Only seen at night
For only you I will fall
Things so beautiful
Only seen at night

This landscape of you
The glow in you
See at night
All I am is in your hands now
Take whatever you may find here

Find me out here
I'm wide awake
Fear of falling too hard

Can hardly speak
Can hardly make sense of
All that has happened lately

As I fall in the dark
Things so beautiful
Only seen at night
For only you I will fall
Things so beautiful
Only seen at night

As I fall in the dark
Things so beautiful
Only glow at night
For only you I will fall
Things so beautiful
Only glow at night

I fall into him
I fall into him
I fall into him
Track Name: Diamond Horseshoe
You shine with coals inside
Like diamond horseshoe
Dying for you now
Dying for you now

And when you move
You remind me of all things
Chaos and anarchy
Come warm me now
With your hot hands

I'll break like China cups
Falling to the sound of autumn leaves
Spread by your wings

And when the bullets lie
And when the daggers fly
I'll be there to watch
A panther to her prey
To deepen the wound in you
To find your heart again
To find your heart again
Keep you breathing

I'll break like China cups
Falling to the sound of autumn leaves
I'll break like China cups
Falling to the sound of autumn leaves
Spread by your wings
Your shining things
Spread by your wings
Your shining things
Track Name: 29 Poisons
If you don't come
Rescue me soon
If you don't come
Take me away soon

Twenty-nine poisons
Try to keep my mind from you
But only your sweet love
Finds in me the cure

You light a spark
Where others saw danger
Forever more I belong to this stranger

A shot in the dark
You cure me
You still my trembling heart
You cure me
A shot in the dark
You still me
You cure my trembling heart
You still me

So wake up
I'm wanting to go
Far far away with you
And maybe there
We can lose our shadows

Twenty-nine poisons
Try to keep my mind from you
But only your sweet love
Finds in me the cure

You light a spark
Where others saw danger
Forever more I belong to this stranger

A shot in the dark
You cure me
You still my trembling heart
You cure me
A shot in the dark
You cure me
You still my trembling heart
You cure me
Track Name: Deer
Hunters seeking clues
Tracks are fresh
Swift to the kill
Deep into it
You'll lose all sense
He goes by touch
Deciphering
Broken codes in me

I don't know how to move
This state I'm in

Hold fast my beating heart
Here's a deer amongst the hunted
A gentle anarchist who knows no fear
See, I'm an elk and you're a deer

Hunter you've found the clue
Silver lines around his eyes
The sprawling fawn
Try not to speak
Caught by his eyes
It was blood on ice

I don't know how to move
This state I'm in

Hold fast my beating heart
Here's a deer amongst the hunted
A gentle anarchist who knows no fear
See, I'm an elk and you're a deer

Hold fast my beating heart
Here's a deer amongst the hunted
A gentle anarchist who knows no fear
See, I'm an elk and you're a deer

Warm is the mouth
That feeds
You love
And his heart
Beat so loud
It's all
I'm wanting now
Track Name: Stardust
I'm the girl with sad eyes
You're the boy with warm hands
It all makes sense doesn't it

I hear a ricochet did
Almost touch the radar
Underneath you dress me
Undress me tonight

Stardust
Falls on us
Stardust
Falls on us

Destiny unfolds in me
Stretching out her arms
You can fold me in the middle obscene

Sex a dress I try on
Loves and kitten and God
You're a bomb
About to go off in me

Stardust
Falls on us
Stardust
Falls on us

Stardust
Falls on us
Stardust
Falls on us

Stardust
Falls on us
Stardust
Falls on us

Dust becomes of us
We become dust
Just becomes of us
I become like dust
Just becomes of us
I'm like that

Dust becomes of us
We become dust
Just becomes of us
I am one of us
I'm like that
Can come between us

Dust becomes of us
We become like dust
Track Name: Bullet
Your love
A foreign
Landscape

Your mouth
The colour
Of Rubies

Your words
They cut
Right through me
I wouldn't have it
Any other way
Just stay

Sometimes
You feel so far away
My love I beg you
To stay with me

Your love's like a bullet
Your love
Your love's like a bullet
Your love
Like a bullet
Your love

Your love
An arid landscape
The wells dry
The water is dirty
Filthy like the grin
You wear at night
I wouldn't have it
Any other way
Just stay

Sometimes
You feel so far away
My love I beg you
To stay with me

Your love's like a bullet
Your love's like a bullet
Your love
Your love's like a bullet
Your love

Your love's like a bullet
Your love
Your love's like a bullet
Your love
It goes right through me
Oh your love it goes right through
Track Name: Stolen (plus hidden track 'Ghostlike')
Tundra, fjords and ice
A small silent man
The lines on his hands change
I'll unravel him

You're stolen me with love
I'd have given it anyway

A mountain top
No need for air
Keep me breathing
So high here

You're stolen me with love
I'd have given it anyway

You're stolen me with love
I'd have given it anyway

I cried into his beard
A wolfman into beard
Melt into your hands
Suck into your mouth

GHOSTLIKE (hidden track)
Small people
Ways of escape
Lost highway
Telegraph wires
To the sky
I woke up
Closed my eyes
Watched you
Walk away
Can hardly
Remember
Falling

You're sending me
Feeling like you do
I walked all night
A long tangled road
Led back to you

Sun comes
Illuminate
Tie her to the bedpost
Leave her most of the day
Write your name here
I lose you
Just the same
Can hardly remember
Falling
I can't start again
I can't start again
I stand and say it
Under a bullet sky tonight
Under a bullet sky tonight