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  • Sigrid Releases New Album “How To Let Go (Special Edition)”: Streaming

  • Back in May, Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid released her sophomore album “How To Let Go” for the first time in three years.

    But, she had made acoustic version of the album during making the album at the same time.
    She released the acoustic version of the album as “How To Let Go (Special Edition)” on November 4, 2022.
    The album comprises 27-track, including the previous 13-track, the new acoustic 13-track and the one new song.
    Sigrid said, “I have made acoustic versions of my singles since the beginning, and they've (almost) all been done with Askjell, one of my closest friends and collaborators. It's been a nice way to check in with the actual songwriting in between heavy promoting, touring, video shoots, and travelling. Askjell's studio has really been one of my safe places and then I got this idea that I wanted to make alternative versions of all the songs from my second album with Askjell – to present the songwriting of How To Let Go in a more intimate way, and in that way also show the other side of me. I'm both unafraid of massive stages and big choruses, and at the same time an introvert who prefers staying by the piano. and I think you can hear that in this special edition version of the album, enjoy!”
    She added, “I think it's the perfect record to put on when you wanna chill, and I hope you will hear how much fun we had making this.”
  • Sigrid explained track-by-track for the album via Apple Music.

    “It Gets Dark”
    “Whenever I've been unsure of my musical direction, I've always come back to this song. It shaped the whole sound of the album with the strings coming in and the chorus being pretty simple in terms of production: literally just bass, vocals, and drums. It's a song about letting go and opening your mind. For about four or five years before the pandemic, I was traveling so much with work and always came back to Norway when I had time off. And then, suddenly, I started to feel more comfortable outside of Norway. I started to feel like I also had a home in London, New York, and Los Angeles. That was exciting but also scary for me because I'm such a homebody.”

    “Burning Bridges”
    “It's not necessarily about a romantic breakup because, sometimes, breakups that aren't romantic can be even harder. Musically, it's very inspired by Muse. I listened to them a lot when I was growing up, and I love it when rock bands go electronic the way Muse did. But at the same time, 'Burning Bridges' is still a pop song because you have the big, soaring strings on there. The overall vibe is cinematic but at a British music festival. It's my proper angry, stomping-across-the-stage anthem.”

    “Risk of Getting Hurt”
    “When I sing, 'I've crashed with no warning because I'm brave when I'm falling/But so far, I always land on my feet,' it's really about my outlook on life. I do get really tired and burned out because work can be really overwhelming; it takes a lot out of me. I'm a person who likes just being by myself in my apartment, cooking, but in 2019 I think I had 290 travel days or something. That's a lot for me, but the reward of going on tour and traveling is just too good to turn down. I feel like I always land on my feet and that gives me the confidence to keep going.”

    “Thank Me Later”
    “Musically, it's inspired by The Killers, who were a very important band for me growing up. Lyrically, I guess it's really a very straight-up song about breaking someone's heart. It sucks and it's really difficult, but sometimes it's for the best. I had a lot of heartbreak songs on Sucker Punch, but they were about me getting my heart broken. So, I thought it was time to talk about the other side of heartbreak too.”

    “I'm always scared of saying the wrong thing, and I'm very self-critical. I've been doing this job since I was 16, and when I look back at old interviews, sometimes I'm like, 'Why did I say that?' Often, when I write songs, I feel a bit like my older sister writing songs to me. I definitely tried to channel her in these lyrics, which are basically saying, 'It's OK to fuck up and move on.' I've loved seeing the reaction to this song from my fans because it seems like they were thinking the same thing as me.”

    “Last to Know”
    “Every time we tried to put more production on it, it just didn't work. One of my favorite songs ever is 'I Can't Make You Love Me' by Bonnie Raitt. This song doesn't sound remotely like it, but I'm sure I was thinking a little bit of that song when I wrote these lyrics. It's about when you've been through a breakup and you've moved on, but there's a bittersweet element because it's hard for your ex to see you with someone new.”

  • “Dancer”
    “This is one of my favorites on the album. It's a full-on lovey-dovey song about falling the hardest in love I've ever been. I love the instrumentation on this song with the piano and then the drums and bass coming in. We listened to The Beatles a bit in the studio, and I think you can hear their influence here. It's just a warm hug of a song that reminds me of summer nights and road trips and getting drunk.”

    “A Driver Saved My Night”
    “This is a fun song. It's about being stuck in traffic somewhere, usually in London on the M25 [highway], and feeling a bit tired and homesick and 'ugh' about things. But then, a song you really like comes on the radio and you ask the driver to turn it up, please. And even though you don't know each other, you're both listening and nodding along and thinking, 'Great song!' I just love how music can instantly lift your spirits, so this song is really an homage to those moments.”

    “Mistake Like You”
    “Another ballad, but you've got to have a few ballads in there. It's a sad song but also a positive one. It's about unrequited love: having really strong feelings for someone who doesn't feel the same way but coming through that situation and knowing you learned from it. That's what I was thinking about when I wrote the chorus: 'I decided I think that anyone would be lucky to make just one mistake like you.'”

    “Bad Life” featuring Bring Me the Horizon
    “I'm a big Bring Me the Horizon fan. When I was at Reading Festival in 2021, [the band's keyboardist] Jordan Fish came up to me and said, 'Hey, I love your music.' And I was freaking out—like, how do they know my music? We chatted a bit, and he said we should go into the studio some time. Then I got in my tour bus to go to Leeds Festival, and he sent me the demo of 'Bad Life.' I played it to my band, and we were all like, 'This is really good.' So, I went into the studio with Jordan and Ollie [Sykes, the band's singer] a few weeks later, and we changed some bits and bobs, and I wrote some new lyrics for my verse. But the first time I realized Bring Me the Horizon was an unlikely match [for me] was when I walked into that studio and the technician said, 'Whoa, you were the last person I was expecting to see in this session!'”

    “Nick Drake was an inspiration for me when I was writing this one, especially his songs 'Pink Moon' and 'Place to Be.' There are references to my childhood in the lyrics and also to my first apartment in Oslo. It was a big achievement for me to buy my own place at 22, and I remember trying to hang pictures on the bare white walls to make it feel like a proper home. But somehow, I never really settled there; it always felt like just another hotel room. I was living my dream out on the road, but it felt bittersweet because I had lost a part of myself at the same time. I think that's just growing up, though.”

    “High Note”
    “I want to look back on my life and know I've not taken things for granted. But I have a bad habit of letting stress get to me, and then amazing things pass me by. I remember when I won the BBC's Sound of 2018 poll, which is one of my biggest achievements, I actually cried because I was scared of what life was going to be like after that. It was almost like my innocence was going in a way: 'I'm a serious artist now, fuck!' It was only months afterwards that I looked back and thought, 'Oh, that was actually amazing.' So, this is a song about enjoying those highs when they happen. It's partly inspired by the Corpus Clock at Cambridge University, which was built to remind the students to live their lives to the fullest.”

    “Everybody Says They're Fine”
    “'Everybody Says They're Fine' is a song Askjell and I wrote for the album almost two years ago, but wanted to save it for a special moment, so here we are! It's a song about pressure and just not feeling at your best. I usually try to come to some sort of a conclusion in my choruses, because I find so much joy and release in singing my songs live and feel like there's a solution or a good takeaway to things, but for this one we decided to just go with that feeling and just say it as it is.”
  • source : Apple Music
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