The year is soon closing in and I still haven’t featured the most powerful Finnish album of 2017 even though it came out fairly early in the year on Soliti Music. I’ve struggled to find the proper words that would even remotely do justice to the fragile beauty of this album. I still haven’t found the words, but I can’t hold this back any longer. From The Bed and Beyond by Astrid Swan is a work of art and demands to be heard. The album was written in the aftermath of her breast cancer diagnose and she binds together fear, grief and hope in such a convincing manner that holding back the tears turns out to be impossible. The fragility of being a human expressed with powerful clarity and deep-rooted honesty. I love this album, but I hate that there was a reason for it to be born.