Phaedra´s music blends dark Scandinavian dream pop with psychedelic folk and old soul, creating a melodic and magical musical universe.

The debut album The Sea (Rune Grammofon 2011), received fantastic international reviews in magazines as diverse as The Wire, Uncut, Shindig and Prog. The ethereal, folky universe of the debut made critics draw lines to Vashti Bunyan, Elizabeth Frazer and Nico, while Chicago Reader wrote "this is one of the loveliest, most striking albums, unlike anything I´ve heard in years".

The follow up Blackwinged Night (Rune Grammofon 2015) delves into a darker dream pop underworld, blending the organic sounds of marimba, zither and layers of vocals with orchestrated cascades of woodwinds and strings, analogue synths and deep bass lines. This album also received great international reviews and only 5´ers in Norwegian press, this time associating mid-era Kate Bush, Bjørk and Goldfrapp.
These two albums are the first two in a trilogy; a lyrical and musical cycle with its own mythological structure, and themes of creation and collaps, time and falling stars.

Phaedra is singer, composer and artist Ingvild Langgård, who also composes and performs music for stage and film, as well as sound and video installations. She composed the music for the critically acclaimed and internationally touring performances Night Tripper (2012) and Cosmic Body (2015) with choreographer Ingri Fiksdal and scenographer Signe Becker.
Contributing musicians live and on recordings include percussionist Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen (Ensemble neoN, Pinquins), violinist Gunhild Mathea Olaussen, Jørn Tore Egseth (synthesizers, electronics), woodwinds Kristine Tjøgersen (Asimisimasa, Ensemble neoN) Yumi Murakami (Ensemble Neon), Kari Rønnekleiv (violin) and Ole Henrik Moe (viola). 

Label Rune Grammofon


SAID ABOUT BLACKWINGED NIGHT

Norwegian auteur with no time for small talk
— UNCUT
consider Lana del Rey channeling Sandy Denny
— MOJO
The most beautiful I´ve heard in a very, very long time
— 5,5 in KLASSEKAMPEN
Beautiful and uncanny
— 5 in DAGSAVISEN
another knockout
— CHICAGO READER
a remarkable performance, vocal and otherwise
— TEXTURA
Rarely has one artist so effortlessly combined Bush´s emotive song cycles with Bunyan´s delicate and gossamer-fragile weaves of verse and melody
— ROCK-A-ROLLA
Impressive
— 5 in HAMAR ARBEIDERBLAD

SAID ABOUT THE SEA

swanlike elegance... touching on eternal themes ****
— UNCUT
There’s definitely something magical about this album
— THE LIMINAL
unforgettable (...) nothing short of astounding for a debut
— SIGNAL TO NOISE
an exquisite debut
— THE WIRE
the most beautiful music I heard all year
— CHICAGO READER
captivating timelessness ... a rare find
— CLASSIC ROCK PROG
hauntingly gorgeous
— SHINDIG