Monday 25 May 2020

WATCH: Siv Jakobsen - 'Anywhere Else'

You know when an artist or song completely floors you? I'm currently mesmerised by the latest single from Siv Jakobsen, taken from the upcoming record A Temporary Soothing (an early listen is in my inbox and I can't wait to find a moment to listen...) Siv found herself in the midst of a pre-release tour when quarantine hit, and now finds herself home with her boyfriend and her dog, with much less to do, and a delayed album release. Having inadvertently written an album perfect for the situation we find ourselves in, offering 'a temporary soothing' against stress, anxiety and feelings of isolation, the record has taken on a new context, and the latest single is a particularly poignant and timely release.

Siv explains that the track "is about anxiety. Not the panicky, all-consuming kind that often results in a severe physical reaction, but a smoldering and quiet sort of anxiety, a sort of uncomfortable buzzing in the body that never quite leaves you be. It took me many years to understand that this also is a form of anxiety. It can be relatively quiet, but it's there - always." 

"This has had me in a soft grip for a long while, and I wrote Anywhere Else before I understood what it really was that I was experiencing. I thought it was normal to feel a bubbling sense of fear almost all the time. It can make me have a hard time deciding seemingly small things like what I'm going to eat, where I'm going to go on a walk, what coffee shop I'm going to go to, what I should wear, what I should do with my day, etc." 

The new LP features work from producer Chris Bond (Ben Howard, Nick Mulvey) and mixing engineer Zach Hanson (Bon Iver, Tallest Man on Earth) - it has been rescheduled for release on August 21st, pre-order here (the merch looks lovely!!)

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