If you happen to tune into KCRW on any Sunday morning when I host The Lab, you will be treated to at least one, but more likely several Nordic acts.
I am equally enamored with First Aid Kit’s tender folk lullabies as I am with Todd Terje’s iconic dusty disco tracks…or Lykke Li’s brand of heart-wrenching seductive antics.
There is something in the Swedish musical sensibilities that I find simply irresistible.
If I had to describe it, I think it is this winning combination of intense emotional charge, the stunning melodies, and the lyrical melancholy – beautifully executed with that signature technical precision, that I find so captivating.
That is why I was so thrilled to discover a new artist that is so perfectly in tune with my own musical aesthetics, with a voice that is both distinctly fresh, and hauntingly familiar at the same time.
Her name is Adna and I must confess, I am somewhat obsessed with her.
I had never heard of this 17-year-old until I stumbled across her single “Living” a few weeks ago.
It’s an exquisite mix of melancholia and eruptive cannon-fire and I have not been able to get it out of my head.
Her voice is both, tender and soaring, carried by instrumentation that explores the sparse and the explosive, orchestral-sounding ends of the spectrum.
The more I listen to her words though, the more it seems that Adna is consumed with understanding both, her past and her present, as they intertwine and relate on a personal, as well as on a more broader level – questions that many of us are still asking ourselves, well past the tender age of 17.
The track is available as an exclusive download below for a limited time!