LP ‘Holding On To A Dream’ due Sept 20th via Memphis Industries. Full UK tour this November.

With his new album ‘Holding On To A Dream’ due Sept 20th via Memphis Industries, Gothenburg-based artist sir Was is sharing his new single & video “The Sun Will Shine” online now. sir Was is also set to embark on a UK tour this November with a headline London show at Scala on November 27th. 

Speaking about the video, sir Was said it was inspired by the idea of “floating about on a sea of unconsciousness. Being caught up in shitty thoughts that grow strong and frightening during night time. But the sun will shine, only not right now. Let’s put on cowboy boots, dance and be happy when we can.” 

“Holding on To a Dream”, is a mesmerising twisting of genres – from classic soul and old-school hip-hop, to beautifully fresh pop structures. The new record is dense with ideas and adventurous, a sonic-leap forth. “I was interested in having a lusher sound, more rich,”Wästberg says. “With the first record I had this idea that I wanted it to sound like an old vinyl record. I wanted this lo-fi, old-school sound. When I realized that I was actually making another album, I felt a bit scared of the whole thing, but it didn’t take me that long to realise that the only thing I could do was to make something that felt really right in my body and soul. I’ve realised that there’s nothing to be afraid of. I’m ready to explore so much more.”

The sense of exploration resonates throughout the album and can be defined by its start and end points. Opening track ‘Fly Away’ begins the expedition, a gleaming reflection of past insecurities as a jump-off point for the next chapter, all subtle beats and stark bursts of guitars that leap out of the mix. Elsewhere, ‘No Giving Up’ is a tender recollection of a past relationship, set to an equally affectionate composition, a glowing example of Wästberg’s growing songwriting skills, while ‘The Sun Will Shine’ showcases another side of Joel’s skillset, a playful production full of inspired ideas and nuances; a Les Fleurseque mellow breeze in the heat of the summer.

A heartfelt accounting of relationships, of knowing when to let go and when to fight for them, ‘Holding On To A Dream’, is a dreamy, groovy, lustrous treat of a record.  It’s available to preorder on indie only transparent orange vinyl, standard vinyl and CD – click here for select pre-ordering options.

sir Was has announced a handful of shows, including  his biggest headline show to date at the Scala in London.

See sir Was live:

15 Sep – Cork IE, Sounds From the Safe Harbour

25 Sep – London UK, Rough Trade East

4th Oct – Ipswich, Sound CIty Festival

06 – 09 Nov – Reykjavík IS, Iceland Airwaves

19 Nov – Sheffield UK, Picture House Social

20 Nov – Leeds UK, Headrow House

21 Nov – Manchester UK, Yes Basement

22 Nov – Glasgow UK, Broadcast

23 Nov – Newcastle UK The Cluny 2

24 Nov – Birmingham UK Hare & Hounds

25 Nov – Bath UK, Komedia

27 Nov – London UK, Scala

28 Nov – Brussels BE, Pilar

Holding On To A Dream track list:

1. Fly Away

2. No Giving Up (Youtube)

3. Deployed (feat. Little Dragon) (Youtube) (Soundcloud)

4. No More Seperation 

5. The Sun Will Shine (Youtube)

6. Somewhere

7. Lean Into This

8. Speak Up

9. Trust

10. See U Again

11. Pin Me Down

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