A lesson in letting go with Lxandra
From Helsinki to Berlin, worldly songwriter LXANDRA has travelled far from her small town upbringing to showcase her talent on a epic scale in her newest offering ‘Flicker’.
Raised in a town of no more than 800, the now 20 year old has moved into Berlin, and has lent her craft to other artists from the surrounds in the past. Now she’s taken the time to collect her thoughts and curate one hell of a listening experience. Bearing resemblances to massive female powerhouse vocalists, most commonly hit songwriter ADELE, she’s stepped into the spotlight in a gorgeous fashion. ‘Flicker’, in its entirety, is about letting go, making friends with what haunts you most and dealing with yourself as you are.
Her vocals stand tall in the front of the mix, teetering on breaking point in a similar fashion to Australian artist SIA, and she never lets the power of her vocals subside, further cementing the song’s premise. She allows herself to come so close to breaking point before regaining control, a fitting response to the discourse of the song’s lyrics.
The chorus breathes “If you’re holding a gun, Will you pull the trigger? The pain in my blood, Makes it flow thicker.” With few words she eliminates any air of distance between herself and the listener, slamming her words into your heart with the most clearest of introspect. With a mix of northern European insight and her tried and tested songwriting skills, she explains feelings in ways we’ve never imagined them being explained.
Lxandra demands her lyrics to fall into your ears, in a way very few can. Her songwriting prowess is not to be taken lightly. Her melody is haunting, her lyrics are insightful, and the way she can paste her world into a musical offering is something we are yet to build an etiquette around.
It seems the driving force of unique and thoughtful music in 2017 and beyond belongs to the European flavours we are seeing more and more of with the rise of technology and the world wide music community. As the days pass, it’s artists like Lxandra that are ending up mainstays in contemporary culture – and absolutely no one is fighting it.
Whether you need a little mood music to vibe out to, or something you can really delve deep inside of, do yourself a favour and get around Lxandra’s newest labour of love and life ‘Flicker’
Words by STEVE COPP