"I wrote the song when I was struggling to move past a particularly bad relationship that had ended the year before. I felt like I should have moved past it, but it had knocked my confidence so much that I found it hard to enter new relationships and trust people. I guess the song for me was basically telling the guy off for not treating me as well as I think I should have been." Izzie Derry
Ymkje is definitely showing off a newfound confidence and it's really good to see it. "I Rule the World" is a remarkable achievement, for sure.
"I am also a Mum now and I never want my kids to feel limited in the way I did. I also meet so many people who have faithfully followed career paths but have given up on their passions. It's so clear that money these days isn't everything - everyone seems to need more to feel fulfilled - we have to enrich ourselves from the inside and find a way to give voice to things we love." Pokkisham
Mina does an incredible job of capturing that feeling of sadness and longing, and she does it in a way that it feels fleeting. It is painful and you have every right to feel it, but it'll pass.
The empowering message is packaged in a tasteful pop tune that combines the nonchalantly independent nature of cloud rap production and the intimacy of bedroom pop.
"I always find something new in Playscapes for myself and often start thinking, wait, how did we do it and why does it sound like that. This is literally my playscape in music with all the different instruments and my voice used together and through with electronics. A Nordic innovative electroacoustic breeze." Tuulikki Bartosik
"The song, 'Perfect', has its origins in an upbringing in which the virtues of perfectionism were extolled and the trait much encouraged in young people. It is only later in life that we come to realise that it is often the imperfections - the flaws - that truly make something 'perfect'. Perfectionism can be dangerous - particularly so when the misguided believe that they can perfect others." Anam Danu
The triumph found by Carley, especially on her two latest songs, is how she manages to find a balance between the heavier themes and production and still sound somewhat delicate and hopeful.
Taking place in the period after a breakup, "In This House" is a ballad of a vulnerable soul searching for the beginning of a path to healing.