We're happy to be presenting the video for 'Directions' by Norwegian singer-songwriter Ane Brun. Set to the resounding jazz bass and carefree trip-hoppin' beat of her new single – also ornamented with cascading twinkles of piano and ambient watercolours of sound – the video showcases a seemingly spontaneous yet choreographed collage of movements, an expression of courage through dance. You can watch those unique moves at the end of this post (look out for a few tour dates as well).

'Directions' will be available on iTunes from tomorrow. Ane was also kind enough to go through the origins of the song and the video for us – and in extensive detail, too.

What's the inspiration/idea behind the track?
The lyrics are about feeling strong and believing that anything is possible. The music is inspired by music I listened to and loved in my twenties. DJ Crush, Amon Tobin, Massive Attack, Portishead, Red Snapper, Charles Mingus, and the trip-hop and electronica from the '90s. When producing the song we tried to take the best elements out of that sound and mix it with my own.

Could you tell us a little bit about the video? Did it take a lot of planning?
I wanted the video to visualise strength and hope. So when I knew that 'Directions' was going to be the first song to be released from my new album, I decided I wanted to dance in the video for it. I wanted it to be powerful and inspiring. I love dancing, but I haven't done it much in the last 10 years or so. I was one of Norway's top 15 rhythmic gymnastics performers in my teens, and I danced any chance I got back then. Ballet, jazz, hip-hop etc. But as I started playing music, I ended up mostly playing guitar and singing, and forgot all about the moves. At least until I released It All Starts With One in 2011 when I skipped playing the guitar on many of the songs, and I sang on top of rhythms. This lead to more and more moves on stage, not choreographed - but more spontaneous. And for the 'Directions' video I wanted to learn a choreography and try to express the feeling of strength and courage that I feel this song is about. We decided to make it simple and honest. Just me and the dance. I checked around Stockholm for an interesting and edgy choreographer, and found Mari Carrasco.

I met with her a couple of times in October to learn the routine, then I filmed her performing it, and I used it to rehearse... and rehearse.. and rehearse.. I did that during my solo acoustic tour in the fall 2014. I used the backstage areas at the venues to practice, and when I got back to Stockholm in January I rented dance studios all by myself a few times just to do the dance with 100% effort. It was a wonderful process going back to dancing full on like that. My physical performance is of course not as when I was 16, but I´m definitely going to continue doing it.

Is there any particular time or place in the universe where it'd sound best?
On the dance floor - driving a car - walking or at home in your living room - cooking... Anywhere I think! And in 2015 and forever into the future.

How do you hope or imagine people will react to it?
I hope the song and video will make the listener feel powerful and want to dance! Because dancing makes us happy, and if we're happy we're kinder to ourselves and each other and if there's anything we need right now in the world that's kindness and dancing!

  • Ane Brun tour dates (December 2015):
  • 02 – London, Islington Assembly Hall
  • 04 – Manchester, Gorilla
  • 05 – Glasgow, Oran Mor