“Lies are showed with Diamonds, Not with your answers”
2016 is looking set to be an exciting year for emerging Norwegian musician, EERA.
To kick-start the NY, EERA has just released her debut single, ‘Drive with Fear’ the launch of which she immediately followed with an amazing live performance at the Line of Best Fit, Five Day Forecast Festival. EERA is now set to play the Eurosonic Festival in Groningen, The Netherlands, on January 14th , with more live dates due to be announced. She will cap all of that off with the launch of her debut eponymous EP on 4th March! Nothing like hitting the 2016 ground running.
Newbie EERA is Norway-born, London-based singer-songwriter Anna Lena Bruland, who originally hails from the coastal-town of Drøbak, just outside Oslo. Having been based in London for some time now, it is here that the darker, more introspective side of her songwriting has been realised and developed.
EERA’s debut single, ‘Drive with Fear’, is a fascinating reflective indie-pop ballad, honestly and tenderly performed, which has a captivating purity and admirable subtleness.
“I`ll take my road before I dive down to my stories, Down to where the others bleed
With colors made of stone And rivers left alone”
The lyrics are both mystical and tangible – they reference dreams, death, the past, other worldliness, against an incongruous backdrop of tangible shapes, precious materials, textures and vivid colours. The words evoke vague scenarios which contrast dramatically with their very palpable natural surrounds. ‘Drive with Fear’ is a musical cauldron filled with an array of feelings, actions and images – the hunter, the lovers, driving, diving, fear, courage – it runs the gamut. It is song full of movement, lyrically and musically, yet the vocal conveys a wistful or shadowy tranquility.
EERA’s beautiful and vividly expressive voice has both the clarity and Himalayan range of Maggie Reilly and the slightly impure timbre of Farao; it is a voice full of humanity and real emotion that is as compellingly evocative as it is aesthetically pleasing.
Her vocal flits and floats above a pared back instrumental that quietly bubbles along until it springs into melodic gorgeousness on the chorus. Again, EERA gifts us with an inspired juxtaposition of opposites – the melancholic, thrumming dark of the verse pitted against the “diamond” bright effervescence of the chorus.
‘Drive with Fear’ is an exceptionally genius piece of song writing and reflects EERA’s obvious talent as both an intuitive and inventive lyricist, and highly skilled composer. For a debut single, this is an incredibly high card with which to lead, so one must assume that EERA is playing a strong hand. Her EP is to be keenly anticipated, and one I feel, that will not fail to live up to expectations.
Listen to ‘Drive with Fear’ here … See below for details of how to buy/stream.
EERA’s 4-track EP is scheduled for release via House Arrest on 4th March and will be available in both digital and physical formats.
Pre-order it from Rough Trade in the UK, Amazon in the US, or iTunes worldwide. There are also 500 copies of limited ed Vinyl — 350 black & 150 see-through, the latter is available from the House Arrest store only.
You can also stream EERA’s music via Spotify.