A Camp

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A Camp
A Camp Stockholm Pride Festival 2009 1.jpg
A Camp at Stockholm Pride Festival, July 2009
Background information
Origin Sweden
Genres Alternative rock, Swedish Indie Pop
Years active 2001–present
Labels Universal/Polydor
Stockholm Records
Associated acts The Cardigans, Sparklehorse
Members Nina Persson
Niclas Frisk
Nathan Larson

A Camp is the solo side project of Nina Persson, vocalist for the Swedish Indie Pop band The Cardigans.

Persson formed A Camp when The Cardigans took a break after several years of touring and the recording of their 1998 album Gran Turismo.

A Camp[edit]

A Camp's debut album, also called A Camp, was originally recorded with Niclas Frisk of Atomic Swing, before Persson teamed up with Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse to re-record it. In doing so he also contributed some new songs to the album.

Persson had been a long-time fan of Sparklehorse and has referred to them as "the best I've ever heard". After a gig in Lund, Sweden, Persson gave Linkous a cassette of all the demo A Camp songs. When they met again during the recording of his most recent album, Persson mustered the courage to invite him to produce her project. Linkous listened, liked the songs, and agreed.

The debut album released the singles "I Can Buy You" and "Song for the Leftovers". These country-inspired selections later seemed to have inspired The Cardigans' following album, Long Gone Before Daylight, which was released in the UK summer 2003, and the USA in May 2004.

In 2004, "Charlie Charlie" (the "I Can Buy You" single B-side) was covered (with new lyrics in Polish) by the Polish singer Ania and released as a single from her debut album Samotność po zmierzchu.

Colonia[edit]

The recording of a second A Camp album was confirmed by Persson in an interview with Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter in May 2007.[1] "Girl-pop from the 60s, 80's punk, and David Bowie" were said to be the main influences.

In a post on The Cardigans' official forum, dated 16 August 2008, Persson unveiled the launch of the new A Camp website and disclosed a target release date of "early next year" for her second solo album, entitled Colonia.[2] The album, produced by Persson with husband and film composer Nathan Larson and Atomic Swing's Niclas Frisk, features appearances from ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Joan As Policewoman and Guided By Voices drummer Kevin March.[3]

The first single from Colonia, "Stronger Than Jesus", was released on the Swedish iTunes on 17 November 2008. The full album was released in Europe in February 2009, via Universal, and will be released in April in the US via Nettwerk.[4]

Covers EP[edit]

A three-track EP named Covers, featuring interpretations of Pink Floyd's "Us And Them", David Bowie's "Boys Keep Swinging" and Grace Jones' "I've Done it Again", was released digitally in the United States on 9 June 2009[5] and in Europe on 16 June 2009.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
SWE
[6]
AUT
[7]
DEN
[8]
FIN
[9]
GER
[10]
IRL
[11]
NOR
[12]
UK
[13]
US Heat
[14]
A Camp 1 35 40 21 91 64 11 87
Colonia
  • Released: 28 January 2009
  • Label: Universal, Reveal Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
2 114 22

EPs[edit]

List of EPs, with selected details
Title Album details
Covers
  • Released: 9 June 2009
  • Label: Nettwerk
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
SWE
[6]
NLD
[16]
UK
[13]
"I Can Buy You" 2001 17 85 46 A Camp
"Song for the Leftovers" 2002
"Stronger Than Jesus" 2009 8 Colonia
"Love Has Left the Room"
"My America"

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Cardigans - Nina Persson breathes new life into A Camp
  2. ^ A CAMP update from Nina
  3. ^ Biography section, A CAMP Official Website
  4. ^ "New A Camp – “Stronger Than Jesus” & Colonia Album Art". Stereogum. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  5. ^ A Camp To Release Covers EP On Nettwerk In North America Plug in Music. 28 May 2009
  6. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "swedishcharts.com - Discography A Camp" (in Swedish). Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie A Camp - austriancharts.at" (in Austrian). Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Hung, Steffen. "danishcharts.com - Discography A Camp" (in Danish). Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Hung, Steffen. "finnishcharts.com - Discography A Camp" (in Finnish). Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Chartverfolgung / A Camp / Longplay" (in German). PhonoNet. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Hung, Steffen. "irishcharts.com - Discography A Camp". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Hung, Steffen. "norwegiancharts.com - Discography A Camp" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Chart Log UK: A - Azzido Da Bass". zobble.de. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "A Camp - Chart History | Billboard - Heatseekers". Billboard.com. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "IFPI 2009 certifications". IFPI. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  16. ^ Hung, Steffen. "dutchcharts.nl - Discographie A Camp" (in Dutch). Retrieved 31 January 2014. 

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