In Norway, Anneli Drecker is known as the Queen of Arctic Electronica. Her ethereal voice became known through the music of her band, Bel Canto. At age 17, Anneli left her Arctic home town of Tromsø with band members Geir Jenssen (aka Biosphere) and Nils Johansen, for the pulsating indie scene in Bruxelles. Signed to the legendary Belgian label Crammed discs along with Zap Mama and Tuxedomoon, Bel Canto captured the Zeitgeist of European electronic music in the late eighties. In 2012, Anneli returned to her own music with the solo record Rocks and Straws (2015), a homecoming song, an ode to her native town and region.
“Breathtakingly beautiful”, “magical”, “epic”, “magnificent” and “instantly memorable” were among the words used in international reviews of her much applauded comeback album “Rocks & Straws” from 2015, her first in 10 years. Brimming with memorable melodies, subtle arrangements, evocative lyrics, strong musicianship and a vital album production, it showed a mature and confident artist moving in a somewhat surprising direction, given her background in electronic music with Bel Canto, Röyksopp and her first solo efforts.
Tromsø sits deep in the Arctic but still has a very vivid cultural life and is home to many of the great artists from Norway. The long, arctic winters have no sun, but there is still light – the glassy blue of the dusk-like midday glow in the south, and the flickering green and red aurora that can be seen across the horizon on many days. In 2016 Anneli joined A-ha for their “final” european tour, performing as support and singing back up with the band. Bel Canto reunited with Geir “Biosphere” Jenssen for an exclusive concert in 2010, and in 2022 the band has announced a new album. Geir Jenssen will contribute to some of the songs.