Swedish Alt-Pop Singer/Songwriter Helga Arvesten brings you her newest visual for her latest track, “Next To You”. The track was the first release from her upcoming 3 song EP I’m Here. It was written and produced by Helga Arvesten and co-produced by Erik Berglund. Helga edited and directed the video, showcasing her abilities as both a talented musician and a film creator.
“Next To You” was inspired by Helga’s quest to find reason during a time of inner turmoil, confusion and anger. When Arvesen sings, “I’m nobody’s fool, still want to wake up next to you,” she illustrates the frustration of trying to decide whether the good outweighs the bad.
The track features Helga’s hauntingly luscious vocals soaring over a seemingly simple chord progression, that build up as the song develops. At first, we hear only simple piano chords and Helga’s voice. As her voice increases in both passion and volume, and electronic instrumental and percussive elements enter the mix. Helga says “the sound itself is greatly influenced by David Bowie’s album Aladdin Sane” which is obvious when listening to the piano arrangement. Her sound has been compared to the likes of legends such as Björk and Kate Bush, that is clearly showcased through the track.
Arvesten has lived in multiple cities throughout her childhood, including Sri Lanka, South Africa, Laos, and the United States. Through this time, she grappled with rootlessness as well as other insecurities and anxieties. Artistic expression ultimately became a source of comfort and strength for her.
25-year-old Helga now lives in Stockholm, Sweden, where she continues to channel her emotion and past turmoils into new spine-chilling sounds.
She will be releasing I’m Here next week, so keep your ears open.