Friday, February 3, 2012

I Was Given Just One Wish

One thing I get more than just about anything else since taking up this blog (and indeed, prior to it as well) is questions concerning Freja's musical interests. Regrettably, I'm hardly in her Highness' inner circle, so my guess is as good as your own. I make a point of suggesting bands and songs to readers via post titles because of my own adoration of the art of organized noise, but there's nothing better for you lot than the real thing, I reckon.

Freja recently made another contribution to the totes brill SHOWstudio, giving them her best music hit mix. It's a list of ten songs, and seven bands, which you will all want to check out. Present (of course) is her beloved PJ Harvey, wicked Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire (who are amaaaaaaze live, btw), and newcomer Anna Calvi, who I don't doubt she picked up from Karl Lagerfeld (last I checked, he had shitloads of copies of her eponymous debut record). Oh, and some Radiohead, cos how could you not?

I'll post Youtube links of the album versions of these so you don't need to scour the net. Also, here's the link to the SHOWstudio page in case you want to check out some of the other lists (Frigaciak fans will be pleased to note Frida's suggestion of Sweden's Fever Ray made it on to Jac's top 10, and Abbey Lee kicks it old school with some Lou Reed, ACDC, and Rolling Stones). Enjoy!

1. "Maggot Brain" by Funkadelic

2. "Morning Light" by Anna Calvi

3. "White Chalk" by PJ Harvey

4. "All I Need" by Radiohead

5. "Silence" by PJ Harvey

6. "Wasted Hours" by Arcade Fire

7. "Grinnin' In Your Face" by Son House

8. "Ready To Start" by Arcade Fire

9. "Angel" by PJ Harvey

10. "The Road" by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

Peace, love, and floating,
Gill Ford

* "What Else Is There?" was the third single from Norwegian duo Röyksopp's second record, The Understanding. It features lyrics written and sung by Sweden's Karin Dreijer Andersson of The Knife and Fever Ray fame.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Thunder Love Has Struck Us Again

The darling Anders Christian Madsen (@anderscmadsen) has supplied with previews of the editorials appearing in the upcoming 10th Anniversary issue of DANSK Magazine, and this gives us a second look at what Freja's been up to with model/photographer, Christian Brylle (@c_brylle), who's hair is always trippin' and who's abs are always rippin'. Styling credits go to Anders Sølvsten Thomsen (@anderslondon), who was also on hand for both covers and several of the editorials in the issue. 

I am really looking forward to seeing Freja back in DANSK after such a long time. Hell, I'm looking forward to seeing Freja in an editorial in general. When was the last time she got artsy, anyway? I swear, it was like the last time I wrote a bleeding blog post or something... 

Anyway, here's the preview shot, drool over it before bed tonight, or before breakfast this morning, or whatever time it is wherever you are. And repeat. I shan't be analyzing this until the full editorial has been released, but until then, please bask in the awesomeness of Scandinavia. 

Peace, love, and floating,
Gill Ford

Photo courtesy of

* "Apparitions" was the second single from Raven in the Grave, the fifth record by The Raveonettes. Sumptuously dark and broody, these two Danes have one of the most seductive soundscapes in music today. Fans of the recently popular Warpaint, take note.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Come Back Round, You Sun of a Gun

In the north, there are some winter days when you wake up to find tumults of rain ravaging the snows you so adore. The pillowy frostings melt away before your very eyes from their bleached perfection until the still-green grass breaches the surface. When the rains stop, naught is left of your wonderland but the bleak and translucent patches of ice and hardening slush, hard to the touch, mottled grey with all manner of impurities. The moment is sad, but the grass is green.

It is not unlike the feeling of waking up to Freja Beha, who has finally done something. 

You see, on my phone yesterday, I alighted upon a tweet from a favourite of mine, by the name of Anders Christian Madsen. You may not know him, but he and his delightful sister (Susanne) are who my fashion world revolve around. The two partners in crime are fashion writers for the impeccable DANSK Magazine (of Denmark, don't you know), and also hold the positions senior editor and fashion features director, respectively. 

Now, said tweet was of enormous significance to my every day life, mostly because the last thirty-odd every days of said life have not been occasioned by posting on this blog (some of you know why, but the rest of you will find out all in good time). Precisely what it intoned is that our ever beloved Freja will be appearing on the cover of DANSK's S/S 2012 (10TH ANNIVERSARY) issue. Trigger: a smile that explodes.

What this means is that the magazine itself will be contemplative of a myriad of things of import, notably Justin Bieber (he had a Christmas record), Kristen Stewart (Breaking Dawn and all), and Freja, over whom I project the two will be squeeing just as much as Anders does over his weekly dose of CW tween dramas. This is because beyond simply being "dictators of taste," or whatever we are calling the fashion voices these days, these two Danes are fans of fashion and culture, and that never fails to shine through in the pages of DANSK. 

So without further ado, allow me to present to you, Freja Beha Erichsen by the phenomenal Christian Brylle for DANSK S/S 2012. 

I know right. It's fucking awesome.

Peace, love, and floating,
Gill Ford

Image courtesy of

* "Sun of a Gun" is the lead single from Oh Land's sophomore record, Oh Land. The former ballerina took the indie scene by storm last year with the record's release stateside after enjoying critical acclaim at home in Scandinavia with her debut, Fauna. Owning the full set, I assure you that you and Alice have never seen (or heard) a Wondøland quite like this.