Frøkedal



"Majestic and immediate, lucid and ethereal." The New Yorker

 

 "Startlingly beautiful” - The Sunday Times  //  "This is a voice that demands to be heard” –The Line Of Best Fit

 

"Frøkedal's rich, breathy voice demands every drop of your attention." – Indie Shuffle

                                                                                                      

"…think Fleetwood Mac getting on pretty well with Joni Mitchell.”  – BBC Radio 6music, Lauren Laverne

 

 

She’s the Norwegian songstress celebrated by the likes of The New Yorker, The Sunday Times,The Independent and Q Magazine. Now, Frøkedal unveils the next stunning instalment with new single ‘Stranger’– a worthy successor to her Norwegian Grammy-nominated debut LP of 2016, ‘Hold On Dreamer’.

 

The track explores the promise of new beginnings – both in a lyrical and more literal sense – with ‘Stranger’ signalling the first in a series of standalone singles this year for Norwegian singer/songwriter/producer Anne Lise Frøkedal.

 

"I was working with my own dogma on the last album,” Frøkedal explains, "the fact that I wanted everything to sound very simple and ‘less is more’ in terms of instrumentation. This time round, I wanted to work song-by-song for a little while, just to liberate myself I guess. We just followed the track and did what we thought was best for each individual song, and somehow they ended up sounding quite natural and organic – dry vocals, not a lot of effects, but probably more textured and detailed in a way.”

 

Despite track-by-track production, Frøkedal’s lyrical output took a much more thematic approach: "When I started writing this new material, I was picturing different ages or stages in our lives when our vision gets a little blurred. I wanted the songs (and the characters) to channel these critical moments when decisions are dominated by emotion and not necessarily by logic,” she says.

 

Though the new tracks are not written, or presented, in clear chronology, ‘Stranger’does feel like a natural place to start – written from the perspective of a young person, leaving behind their childhood and stepping out into the unknown. "It’s an adventurous song, and looks upon the future positively, but in a sense of leaving behind all you know in hope of what’s around the corner. It looks back on that urge to leave with a certain nostalgia; how being a young dreamer is both a beautiful and naive thing.”

 

‘Stranger’ joins Frøkedal’s already-impressive body of work, having previously collaborated withRobyn Hitchcock and fronted successful Norwegian outfit Harrys Gym. She remains a core member of  I Was A King, who count Sufjan Stevens and Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake among past collaborators.

 

 


 

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