Track Of The Day: Maja Lena – ‘Birch’

Formally of the band Low Chimes, Marianne Parrish – aka Maja Lena – has now announced her debut solo album, set for release this summer.

Taken from the album, new single ‘Birch’ offers a truly captivating alt-folk soundscape. Reflecting on new beginnings and oozing a pastoral elegance, it’s propelled by resplendent vocals and a luscious shimmering musicality, with shades of the likes of Rozi Plain. With a majestic, ethereal grace, sweeping soothing melodies are interwoven with exquisitely put-together layers of twinkling instrumentation, creating a bewitching sonic gem. Of the track, Maja Lena explains:

“‘Birch’ is a song about feeling vulnerable yet elated. About starting a new phase of life and love, yet also knowing that this elation could be snatched away at any given moment. The Birch tree here is a symbol for this feeling, and its branches moving in the wind resemble a feeling of freedom and excitement.”

‘Birch’ is accompanied by a beautifully made video, filmed entirely on Super 8 in the Lake District, with Martha Webb. Watch here:

Birch‘ is out now, and The Keeper – the upcoming album from Maja Lena – is set for release 23rd July via Chiverin Records.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

WATCH: Birch – ‘femme.one’

The title track from Birch’s debut album, ‘femme.one’ is a good introduction to the complex electronic layers of Birch’s sonic world.

The sound is layered and complex, but deceptively soft and minimalist seeming. Because her lyrics are delivered almost conversationally, her message can be missed sometimes. Here, for example, she is thinking of those “who have gone before me”, and an energy that she “can’t contain”.

The accompanying video shows a young woman completing a range of physical training activities in the early morning. She begins in the grey light not long after sunrise, on a wet roof on top of a tower block in an urban setting, with simple stretch exercises and shadow boxing. Then she is running along empty streets past shutters on closed shops.

“The words of our mothers are the ones that we live by” concludes this poignant, delicately powerful song.

Watch the new video for ‘femme.one’ here:

Cazz Blase
@CazzBlase

Photo Credit: Off Season Creative