Anna Järvinen

Shy, with hubris – that’s Anna Järvinen in her own words. It would also be an adequate description of her songs. On the cover of her new, widely acclaimed album Anna själv tredje (Anna Herself the Third) she poses as the Virgin Mary, Mary’s mother Anna, and Baby Jesus all at once. She lives in Stockholm, but her childhood in Finland lets Järvinen’s lyrics run free in the open space between Finnish and Swedish. It seems this language teacher’s fragile voice might break at any second, but the imprint it leaves is anything but modest.