acoustic · country · female singer · nyckelharpa · singer-songwriter

Annalisa Tornfelt: The Number 8

John Neufeld and Annalisa Tornfelt. Photo by Mary Winzig.
John Neufeld and Annalisa Tornfelt. Photo by Mary Winzig.

Annalisa Tornfelt first came to my attention as the singer for Black Prairie (Portland, Oregon), a folk-rock group that began in 2007 as a side project for members of The Decemberists and has since evolved into an influential force in Portland’s exploding indie music scene. Her new solo album The Number 8 is set for release on March 10 on Woodphone Records. For this project, the Alaska-raised singer used an analog 8-track tape machine to record just herself and her vintage Black Beauty Arch Kraft guitar singing 14 tracks composed by herself (with two co-writes). She worked with Mike Coykendall to record the entire album in 8 hours at Blue Doors Studios in SE Portland. (And yes, she plays her nyckelharpa on the record too!)

The Number 8

“I asked Annalisa to play a few fiddle tunes with me, which soon flipped to her picking up a guitar and singing Hank Williams,” says her Black Prairie bandmate, Chris Funk. “It was simple, but it was stunning… she grabs the all-too-familiar guitar and sings a song and you realize your bandmate and friend has the unique gift and power to make the weight of the world lift for three minutes.”

The Number 8 has a gorgeous, languid feel that ranges from oldtime country to modern indie-folk. There’s nothing here that I wanted to skip over. Each song compels a closer listen and a linger, to be savored like a Sunday morning cup of Stumpy’s at your neighborhood cafe. The Number 8 is a perfect soundtrack for a lazy hipster hang in the city where young people go to retire. Recommended!

LISTEN: Found A Song

LISTEN: Scared You’re Gonna Leave


Watch: Tired of Saying Sorry




One thought on “Annalisa Tornfelt: The Number 8

  1. “Scared You’re Gonna Leave”, WOW! The nerve and authenticity is palpable. Love it! So glad I checked out your review!

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