Breaking new ground from the mainstream qualities of her flirty pop princess appeal, singer Hanne Mjøen starts off on a different foot with latest single ‘Hell With You’ via Physical Presents. The singer spent the last few months evaluating her sound and has gravitated towards ground-breaking musical influences like Robyn, Flume and Lorde.
The songstress recently shared her feelings about releasing this track, and how her sound has changed in the last few months on socials recently: “Hi friends I wrote Hell With You in March 2019 with one of my favorite co-writers Karl Zine – and it’s been in the back of my mind ever since then. This song is very special to me, cause at the time I wrote it I had lost the drive to do my own artist project, and it inspired me to focus on writing songs for me again. Produced by the best Sondre Mjåland”
Still maintaining the electro pop quirks of her former self, ‘Hell With You’s production style takes a more jagged approach and we are not complaining one bit. The single breaks from the naive pop sweetheart complex of Hanne’s previous hits, and instead brings forward a lady that is fully aware of the weight of her decisions that she makes. Not a cautious or lighthearted track, this track focuses on the societal pressure and somewhat unwritten standards of being a female even in a more diverse and politically correct society.
Scottish singer and multi-instrumentalist MALKA has released the video for her brand new single ‘Taking It Back’. The video premiered in conjunction with World Mental Health Day and The Skinny who said about the single, “It’s a head-on confrontation with her struggles with anxiety, all wrapped up in a warm shimmer of uplifting of drums and synths as Schlesinger defiantly sings: ‘My love, I never give in / I’m taking it back, I’m taking it / My love, I never gave in / I’m taking it back, I’m taking it’.”
Chris Hawkins championed ‘Taking It Back’ on his BBC 6Music show this morning calling it, “[the] best song of the day”. It joins the already great support for MALKA at BBC 6Music, which has seen Amy Lame say, “It’s absolutely beautiful stuff… I’m a big fan,” when she played the track out on her show. Lauren Laverne is also a big fan of MALKA at the station. Paul Savage (Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand, King Creosote) produced the song, which finds MALKA’s spellbinding voice dancing over a dark bass-laden dream-pop landscape as she celebrates the overcoming of personal fears. The video is a reflection of this and captures children lending each other support to whatever might be haunting them in the woodland.
Regarding the video, MALKA says, “The video was directed by my long-time collaborator Lee Bamsey and playfully deals with themes of overcoming fear, anxiety and complex relationships by pitting predator against prey. It also happens to star both mine and Lee’s children.” Continuing about the single she says, “’Taking It Back’ was written about overcoming personal demons and not letting fear get the better of you. Over the years there have been moments in my life that have seemed so overwhelming, but I have started to feel like I am able to take control of those moments.” ‘Taking It Back’ is the first taste of new music to be taken from her forthcoming third album due for release early next year. More details on the album and live dates will be announced soon.