We’re glad to announce that Faroe Islands, Denmark-based indie rock band Fremmand have released a new single featuring guitarist Carlos Alomar, entitled “Run to Fire.”
“Run to Fire” is the second single from Fremmand’s recently released album WRONG; and in a similar way to their self-titled debut album from 2018, the quartet explore the tension between dreams and desperation in a soundscape that relentlessly draws a line to the spherical early Goth and Post Punk scene, while the end result is solidly planted in the present and stretches hands forward.
The charismatic lead singer Jana Hjalgrimsdóttir, whose personality burns brightly both on stage and on vinyl, stands in the forefront of Fremmand and gets her creative backing from drummer and producer Tobias Weltzer, guitarist Sigmund Zachariassen and bassist Tinna Tótudóttir.
Fremmand’s new single was made in collaboration with guitarist Carlos Alomar, who served as David Bowie’s Music Director and guitarist for many years. With his distinct guitar sound, he undoubtedly played a huge part in making the late ’70s such a memorable era for the British legend. And that distinctive guitar sound is exactly what comes back to life on “Run to Fire.”
Alomar’s characteristic playing adds a breathtaking melancholy and also urban vibe to the song. Another notable feature on the song is the now 80-year-old saxophonist Henrik Jespersen. With his uncompromising playing style, he completes the circle and brings to mind Bowie’s fabled Berlin records.
“Run to Fire” is about being true to yourself when you face challenges, and not being afraid to face them and eventually bounce back stronger. As Carlos Alomar (David Bowie) says, “Sometimes you’ve got to embrace dark matters. Sometimes less, is more. RUN TO FIRE is such a song…strong, dark and as thick as life itself“
Describing the process for creating their new single, Tobias Weltzer (drummer and producer) says, “The song started with the synth, and then we added the groove, which gives it a lot of character, with the syncopated rhythm. Jana made up the melody and came up with the words for the song, which is sung in both Faroese and English.
While we were working on the song in the studio, we were out playing a show, where there were another band opening for us, who had a fantastic sax player. So we invited him to come to the studio the next day to play a solo on the track, which came out great!
We have always had a dream about making a track with Carlos Alomar, who plays on some of the most iconic Bowie albums, such as Heroes, Low, Young Americans, Scary Monsters and many more. Anyway, we reached out to Carlos, and luckily he was up for it, and send us a lot of stems.”
“Run to Fire” begins with the chilling, otherworldly sound of sustained synth notes, which create a pleasantly melancholic atmosphere throughout the track. A syncopated drum rhythm soon follows, setting a slow, precise groove; and an additional synth melody then joins in along with the bass and echoing, palm-muted electric guitar notes. The haunting lead vocals and backing vocals soon join in as well, harmonizing quite nicely with the instruments; while the deep, effects-laden guitar licks and inspired saxophone solos build further on the gloomy yet dreamlike atmosphere of this highly engaging track.
“Run to Fire” is a highly enjoyable listen, showcasing the superb musicianship and creative songwriting of Fremmand and Carlos AIomar, and I would definitely recommend this track to fans of indie- and synth-driven rock music.
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