LISTEN: Brimheim – ‘This Week’s Laundry’

A stirring, intricately observed guitar tune about trying to cultivate a “normal” routine during a time of deep vulnerability, Danish alt-pop artist Brimheim has shared her latest single ‘this week’s laundry’. Taken from her upcoming album can’t hate myself into a different shape, which is set for release on 28th January via W.A.S Entertainment, the track flows with her tender vocals and confessional lyrics, which chime with relatable melancholy.

“The song is an inner monologue about keeping up appearances,” Brimheim explains. “Attempts at adjusting very mundane things in life to feel in control. The collection of specific actions in the song – like buying frozen beans, sorting laundry, and skipping lunch – are all somewhat failed approximations of normalcy and balance. In reality, they just thinly veil existential loneliness and insecurity. It’s someone trying to convince themselves and everyone around them that they’re fine, when they are actually barely keeping it together. It’s like they’re live action role playing as a responsible adult. The lyrics list all these things to point out their banal absurdity as well as their relatability.”

With realistic lines like “I put on foundation for my trip across the street / I am getting a new bag of frozen beans / ‘cause that’s a good way to sneak some greens into a meal / although fresh would be ideal” – Brimheim’s rich guitar sounds and exquisite emotional resilience shine through on ‘this week’s laundry’. She pulls herself back from the brink with an understated confidence, providing comfort for listeners who may be living through a similar experience.

Listen to ‘this week’s laundry’ below.

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Soho Rezanejad – ‘Half The Shore’

Uncompromising is a word that’s used to describe a number of musicians, but rarely does it seem truer than with Danish artist, composer and playwright Soho Rezanejad. Digging through her back-catalogue, both under her own name and that of her alter-ego, Angeles, is like uncovering a series of art installations crossed with epic movie soundtracks – as daunting, impressive and overpowering as a mountain range.

Born in New York City before growing up in Copenhagen, Rezanejad seems to carry all manner of influences in her work to date – from the synth orchestrals of Vangelis, the no-quarter given vocals of Nico, and the industrial, goth and post-punk sounds of various British acts of the 1980s. That sense of movement and diverse influences is also reflected in her latest album Perform and Surrender – to be released by the artist’s own Silicone Records in December – which results from a series of performances in Copenhagen, Vienna, Helsingør, Munich, Montreal, Toronto, St. Petersburg, Tromsø and Nantes across 2018 and 2019.

‘Half The Shore’, taken from Perform and Surrender, actually offers a notable change from Rezanejad’s previous work. Opening with a minute of strummed guitar, and gently picked notes that echo in an alt.country style, this is a far more approachable piece than perhaps anything Rezanejad has released before. The voice that follows is shot through with a raw balladic quality.

“Love without trust is a river without water”, she sings, “so don’t leave me”. In a sense, this is old in style and emotion, made new; an artist seeking a brave new front in more antiquated fashions. According to Rezanejad herself, the album was taken from “small scores, bits of stage direction, with performances special to each…” As this suggests, there is the hint of something slightly off-the-cuff to ‘Half The Shore’, not least in the vocalising that teems through the track’s instrumentation like sunlight through mist, around the 2 minute 40 mark. That said, and despite a sensibility that it is perhaps more organic than many of the songs on Rezanejad’s previous LPs, there is still a story being told here, and this is still a soundtrack, of sorts. “I lost someone very dear to me at the time” says Soho Rezanejad of the creation of Perform and Surrender, “All things…resembled a testimony of life and death”. 

An album that is bathed in the rumination that follows loss, ‘Half The Shore’ is one of two tracks that prominently feature strings – the other is the preceding track, ‘Absence’, a violin-led elegy – and both sit at the album’s centre. Nature too, is hidden in spaces within the tracks: the songs of birds appear just at the close of ‘Half The Shore’ as it segues into ‘Hera’, for one example, quite literally dovetailing with but also acting in optimistic opposition to the album’s recurring aspect of mourning.

And what of that title too, just what is ‘Half The Shore’. Evoking images of cliffs crumbling and land being part-swallowed by the sea, the cataclysm that is ongoing but not completed. And yet in the phrase too is optimism – a sense of returning to land, a glimpse of something firm to come back to. You get the impression that, with Soho Rezanejad, there are no obvious or easy answers.

 

Perform And Surrender, the upcoming album from Soho Rezanejad, is out 4th December via Silicone Records.

John McGovern
@etinsuburbiaego

Introducing Interview: Skylar Fri

Now living in London, Danish artist Skylar Fri has already received acclaim from the likes of Clash and The Line Of Best Fit, and now looks set to continue charming listeners with her new single.

A celestial slice of twinkling electro-pop, ‘Goldrush’ is an effervescent sonic delight. So, we caught up with Skylar Fri to find out more…

Hi Skylar Fri, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi! Sure! I’m a Danish artist and songwriter living in London. I make dreamy alt-pop in a small container studio in Docklands with my friend Jimmy.

How did you initially start creating music?
I’ve been writing music for a long time but my main writing/production partner, Jimmy, I met because my drummer wanted him to play bass with us. I was super reluctant at first because I had someone else for that role in the band already but luckily Jimmy persevered and we’ve since ended up writing and producing a ton of stuff together, including music for film and TV.

Your new single ‘Gold Rush’ is out very soon – can you tell us what it’s all about?
I’m a little obsessed with the way that people’s behaviour can be totally fluid according to differing scenarios, including my own. ‘Gold Rush’ is about a moment of temptation, a moment of thinking money is the answer to your entire happiness and it’s about facing sides of or traits in ourselves and our personalities that we don’t always know or want to know that we have. In psychology it’s the war between the actual self and the ideal self.


You’ve been compared to the likes of FKA Twigs and Broods, but who would you say are your main musical influences?

Stevie Nicks, Prince, Kate Bush and Donna Lewis are my four faves!

How is your local music scene? Do you go to see lots of live music?
I live in London and there’s always so much amazing music going on. I love it! Copenhagen is great too, you can always catch a great band or artist playing!

And what can fans expect from your live shows?
A dreamy vibe!

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any new/upcoming bands or artists you’d recommend we check out?
I think she’s been around for a while but I like Danish artist Lydmor, and I’m a fan of her latest single!

And how do you feel the music industry is for new bands at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
It’s definitely not easy! Best doing it for the love of it. That’s the best motive to have when making music in 2018.

Finally, what does the rest of 2018 have in store for Skylar Fri?
I’ll be writing new material and playing shows, but who knows where life will take me!

Huge thanks to Skylar Fri for answering our questions! 

‘Goldrush’ is out now via AntiFragile Music.