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A Gifted Cellist Sails Beyond Sweden, Across 'Fields Of Love'

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A Gifted Cellist Sails Beyond Sweden, Across 'Fields Of Love'

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A Gifted Cellist Sails Beyond Sweden, Across 'Fields Of Love'

A Gifted Cellist Sails Beyond Sweden, Across 'Fields Of Love'

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Linnea Olsson's debut album is called Ah! Tammy Karlsson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Linnea Olsson's debut album is called Ah!

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The daughter of two musicians, Linnea Olsson started playing the cello at age 6. She was born in a small city on Sweden's west coast, and grew up listening to ABBA and Bjork, as well as more eclectic artists like the Dutch singer-songwriter Anouk and the British rock band Skunk Anansie.

But her debut album, Ah!, is a creation all her own, with music largely based in improvisation and lyrics that resemble fanciful fairy tales. (For example, "Giddy Up!" finds her picturing herself as she rides a horse across "fields of love.")

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Olsson recently spoke with All Things Considered about channeling heartbreak and restlessness into her music. Click the audio link to hear more.

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