It’s time to get familiar with Lune, the musical project helmed by Swedish songbird, Linnéa Martinsson.
If you’re conscious of the more trendy EDM tunes churned out over the past years, you’ll probably recognize Linnéa’s voice from Adrian Lux‘s “Fire” and “Teenage Crime,” as well as her gorgeous reinterpretation of Swedish House Mafia‘s “Leave The World Behind.”
But as it turns out, Linnéa’s got quite a brilliant project going on in her own right.
I first caught wind of the songstress’ solo work after hearing her atmospheric single, “Falling.” It’s the latest single off of her haunting debut, Music & Sports, which just happened to be released today. The album was crafted alongside Carl-Michael Herlöfsson and Mike Marsh and recorded during a “couple intense autumn months in a vicarage on the Swedish isle, Gotland.” (Of course.)
Despite the record’s obvious roots in club culture, Music & Sports is a largely pensive and chilled-out affair. Her carefully delivered, childlike vocals bring a sparkle of Björk to mind (the magnificently orchestral “Boys ‘n’ Roses,” for instance, is something like a #SomethingMoreSwedish take on Björk’s “Joga”), mixed with the cinematic sonic landscapes of Say Lou Lou and Rebecca & Fiona at their most chilly (“That Day” plays like a perfect companion to Rebecca & Fiona’s “Sleep Alone.”)
Granted, it’s not an entirely solemn body of work: “Girls With Bangs,” Lune’s 2013 single, thumps along with a hazy synth-pop gloss, while “Tonight” twinkles with a kind of big night out revelry.
But in true Swedish fashion, prepare for complete and utter heartbreak on the dance floor: “I use my heartbeat, I think we are close/But when I think too much, I’m so lonely,” she wistfully coos on “Tonight.” Gulp! Hey, you know the Swedes do sad disco best.
‘Music & Sports’ was released on March 10. (iTunes)