MALL GIRL – new single Lilies’ Dew
Today, Norwegian art-pop outfit Mall Girl have shared ‘Lilies’ Dew’, the final cut to be shared from their hotly anticipated debut album Superstar. The album represents an exciting new chapter for the buzzed-about band. The release follows a string of successful singles, including album tracks ‘For Hannah’, ‘Bachtap’ & ‘Bubbly Cool Drink’, which introduced them as an act to watch in the alt-pop arena. Superstar is scheduled for release on April 29th via independent label Jansen Records.
On their new single, the band say:
“When you feel lost in life and left with no confidence that you’re on the right track in life, imagine you are in a huge field of lilies. Try to let your guard down and the lilies will embrace you and love you no matter what.”
Members Iver Armand Tandsether (guitar), Hannah Veslemøy Narvesen (drums), Eskild Myrvoll (bass) and Bethany Forseth-Reichberg (vocals) were forced to get creative when the pandemic hit, sidelining best-laid plans to flesh out some songs before heading into the studio together.
“Because of COVID regulations and the four of us living in two different cities, we changed the way we worked with the songs quite radically in the months leading up to the studio recording,” Narvesen says. “We’ve always been very oriented towards the live performance of the songs, including when we compose them together in our rehearsal space. That way of working has led to some challenges when recording, as you end up listening to the songs in a different manner and might figure out you should have done everything differently.”
While others put their creative endeavours on hold, Mall Girl opted to try something different. Many of the songs on Superstar were tracks that the band regularly performed, but they wanted to seize the opportunity to evolve their sound even more.
“We actually ended up remotely composing big parts of the album, with everyone working from their own home studio and bouncing ideas back and forth,” Narvesen explains. “This was a very welcome change of workflow for us, and it led to us making some songs which probably wouldn’t have turned out that way had we been together in the same room.”
This experimental shift in their creative process led to the creation of songs bursting with infectious hooks, hypnotising grooves and punchy lyrics. It brings all of the edginess from their previous releases, just through a slightly different lens.
“In many ways I think we’ve kept most of the spirit in the music, just the joy of playing together while exploring different genres and breaking conventions.”
Recorded at Studio Paradiso in Oslo with longtime collaborator Marcus Forsgren, Superstar runs the gamut of emotions and moments of reflection on our fleeting experiences. The band describe new single ‘Poolside Person’ as “an image of living your best life as a rich celebrity, spending lazy afternoons drinking colourful drinks by the pool, contrasting with the conflicting feeling of craving something deep and meaningful, living with the fear that all people will see is the ‘person by the poolside'”.
As a whole, Superstar finds Mall Girl fully realised, with a fresh perspective that positions them as one of pop’s most intriguing new acts.
Pre-order the album:https://mallgirl.bandcamp.com/