Some brides prefer huge chapels for their marriage ceremonies, but not outdoorsy Nanna Oland Fabricius of Denmark, who records and performs under the moniker Oh Land.
Only one verdant location sufficed for her recent wedding to longtime beau (and personal album-artwork/stage-set designer) Eske Kath.
“It was held in the zoo back in Denmark, in the elephant cage,” she says, seriously.
“The monkeys were howling a lot and it was just amazing. But it was particularly creepy at night when we had to get out of the zoo, because it was pitch-black in there. And I reminded myself that lions hunt at night.”
They were fitting nuptials for the great-great-granddaughter of Otto Fabricius, who published the first zoological study of Greenland, “Fauna Groenlandica,” in 1780.
The singer-keyboardist, who plays San Francisco this week, backing her new third outing, the Dave Sitek-produced “Wish Bone,” says, “I just love nature and animals, because I feel like they represent something genuine and real. And I see myself a lot in animals. Their behavior is very instinctual, and it reminds you of what the meaning of life is. For animals it’s just about sleeping and having children, not all these details.”
Understandably, Oh Land often feels like a fish out of water in her adopted home of Brooklyn. So she grabs greenery wherever she can find it, going to urban parks whenever possible and taking day trips to hike mountain trails.
“That’s where I get recharged,” she says. A few weeks ago, she posted a photo of a baby sparrow, perched on her finger. “I was walking down the street, and suddenly this bird thumped down from heaven and landed at my feet, so I picked it up, held it, and put it on a branch,” she says.
The fledgling reminded Oh Land of the lyrics on “Wish Bone’s” ethereal “Green Card”: “It’s about migrating birds, and I’m telling this bird not to fly south because it’s warm here where I am,” she says.
The album also opens with a martinet synthesizer processional called “Bird in an Aeroplane,” with her feathery warble coloring every note.
Sometimes, Oh Land is simply overwhelmed by the environment. Recently, when she climbed to the top of a steep, wind-buffeted cliff, “My reaction was just to suddenly lie down flat on my belly,” she says.
“I just got so intimidated by nature — the power, the wind, the ocean hitting the cliffs. But for me, it was still way better than watching some movie or doing anything else!”
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