The new decade has an exciting start for Nordic art pop artist, musician and producer IRENE as she released the grand finale of her four-piece introduction, her brand new single Skybound.
Serving as her most orchestral work so far, Skybound holds a cinematic and spacious universe. The track was written and pre-produced by IRENE in Finland, and finally took its final form with Danish American composer Noah Rosanes in Copenhagen. Dangerous and dramatic, someone could say that it sounds like a Scandinavian James Bond theme song, but IRENE’s sense of romance is lightyears deeper.
In IRENE’s books, Skybound is an intergalactic love story, “about the connection between two people. There’s so much more to this universe than meets the eye. Our imagination is our direct channel to wherever. If you have a cosmic tie with someone, you’ll sense each other’s presence. It doesn’t matter if you’re thousand kilometers or already a lifetime away. You are connected”.
IRENE has a long and seasoned background in classical music, quite obvious as the productional layers of Skybound start building up. Piano and cello arrangements echo in the dark background and a cosmic pulse is created by dry, hard-hitting beats. The Kanye West and Eminem approved Live Johansson (LiveStrings) joins with additional strings IRENE’s expressive and bendy voice only to paint unpredictable, floaty melodies – ones that seem to defy both gravity and time.
A deep dive into her lyrics reveals a heavy focus on the unseen world: subconscious waters and the mystery of human experience where her minimal nature, IRENE could easily be related to FKA Twigs. Her songwriting is similar to Kate Bush regarding her raw and emotionally naked Nordic pop tunes, IRENE’s otherworldly, still, her Robyn like soundscapes gravitate more into the sensual Nordic pop-melancholia.
The cinematic visuals for Skybound is a collaboration between IRENE and award-winning director and filmmaker Juha Ilmari Laine, which is built around an impromptu dance that was never part of the original plans. “We ended up keeping it because it felt awfully naked. That’s exactly how you feel after revealing something true and intimate about yourself”, IRENE confesses, before adding that, “to me, Skybound is about cosmic tie – you can’t see it but you definitely sense it. A magnetic pull between two entities in this universe. It’s quantum physics and extremely romantic at the same time, as the visuals reveal”. On the back of Skybound, IRENE is gearing up to reveal her full-length debut album titled SLOW BLOOM throughout 2020