We last heard from Swedish artist Linnéa Kuling this past summer with her single Monster In Your Mind, a track we found to be “Bold, dark, and compelling.” Now, Lin is back with an all-new single titled Push U Away. Premiering 12/10/20, this track is an electro-alt-pop anthem exploring themes of love and heartbreak in a vulnerable and relatable way.
In her youth, Lin was part of the Knutby sect, a cult in Sweden that severely restricted her freedoms. As a result, romantic relationships were not a part of her upbringing. Instead, Lin wrote down what she imagined these things would be like and turned those non-existent experiences into songs, and Push U Away is the result of some of those lyrics. To listen to this track, however, you’d never know that it didn’t come from a real-life experience. The lyrics are packed with hard-hitting phrases and insightful moments that most definitely create the sense of real conflict. The first verse is especially descriptive:
“Why don’t you get me?
Does it have to be harder?
You’re hot and you’re cold
I am tired of this game that you control
Why don’t you hear me?
I’m losing myself
I never can have you
And you know that
I don’t care anymore“
And the lyrics are not the only highlight in this track. Lin employs a unique blend of alt-pop music that has quite a bit of electronic influence. The resulting sound is catchy and accessible, something that will resonate with a wide audience but still retains a distinctive sound that makes Lin’s music easy to identify. In this track a bright and simple acoustic guitar is the driving force behind the first verse, fading effortlessly into a strings and keys arrangement, before finally exploding into driving electronica that is full of texture and energy, an interesting juxtaposition against the song’s melancholy message.
And to truly elevate this track to another level, in the second verse we discover a feature of the Swedish vocalist Filip Killander. His voice alone brings strength and warmth to the song, which works so wonderfully with Lin’s equally powerful and smoky vocal tones (a comparison to P!nk comes to mind in this instance). Both of these voices in their brief moments of harmony are the pièce de résistance of this expertly written and constructed single.
Linnéa Kuling‘s work continues to blow us away. Her excellent vocal tone, her understanding and high-level execution of music production, her emotional, powerful songwriting – Push U Away is just further proof that Lin is a true triple threat. This is truly quality electro-pop music that would easily stand alongside the giants working in this genre today; the sky is the limit for Lin and we look forward to seeing where her remarkable skillset takes her next.
BELOW: Listen to Push U Away and connect with her website and social media platforms. Please support Linnéa Kuling by visiting her online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing her music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!
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