This Freja article was written by Hazel Webster, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by John Gittins
London born singer songwriter Freja has written songs since the tender age of nine. After a decade of improving her craft, Freja looked to her adolescence for inspiration, picking her favourites to feature on ‘Ghosts’, a pivotal EP that will define her as an artist.
The lead track ‘Ghosts in the Snow’ opens with a simple four chord piano melody, giving space for her haunting vocals and deeply emotional lyrics that form this particular song. Freja shows a great maturity and potential which transcends her young age when ‘Ghosts in the Snow’ was penned. ‘Love Kills’ describes the fear that many of us have felt for what the future holds and worries about the risks we take when falling in love. Beautifully sung and rich in familiar semantic the listener can’t help but be drawn in by the evoking imagery. Although not perfect by any means, Freja’s voice is utterly compelling and bewitches the listener throughout the album.
‘Foggy Days’ is possibly the least effective track on the EP but that doesn’t mean it’s without potential. Freja seems to experiment a little with her vocal range and as a result sings slightly too low in places, taking her out of her comfort zone. The song and its message, however, is filled with melancholy; a remembrance perhaps of a forgotten romance, bringing with it a longing for what might have been.
‘Without You’ tells the story of a failed relationship and the hope that things will get easier over time; that eventually the heartbroken girl at the centre of this tale will once again be okay. It becomes clear, as ‘Ghosts’ comes to a close, that Freja’s stories come from personal experiences of life and love. Her voice gives clarity to a dark subject matter, expressing depth and emotion, and reigniting an oversubscribed aesthetic. Although offering an overall bleak outlook it’s an impressive debut for the 20 year old, and offers a warm sense of belonging as an and upcoming star.
‘Ghosts’ is out on the 27th November 2015 via ShimmerSun Music.