When I was 16, I had no idea where my life would be heading, I didn’t know what I wanted to do long-term whatsoever, and was probably still naive to think that a professional sportsmen was still relatively on the cards. Fast-forward five years to when I was 21 and I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, despite being at university and spending £9k a year on tuition… A 16 year old Sigrid Solbakk Raabe however, was releasing her first single in Norway, and by 21 would have won the BBC Sound of 2018 and have a couple of killer singles under her belt on her way to quickly becoming a household name.
The most endearing thing about Sigrid is her modesty, humility, and the fact that if you ask her to tell you something about herself, she probably wouldn’t mention any of her success, she’d joyfully tell you about her hometown Ålesund in Norway and how much home means to her. Yet despite this most unassuming of personalities, her songs pack a real in-your-face punch that leave a huge impression. Her confidence and charisma are astounding for someone so young, but it’s her youthful exuberance that is so charming.
‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ was the song that announced her on the world stage, charting here in the UK and Australia in addition to her home nation, and listening to it on vinyl for the first time, it’s not hard to see why. Sigrid is one of the driving forces behind our current Scandipop obsession in this country and the tracks on this EP are just so easily enjoyed and are everything that we love about the genre. Each track could and should be a single in its own right. Of course ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ and ‘Plot Twist’ were released last year, but I can quite easily see ‘Fake Friends’ and ‘Dynamite’ making an appearance in the very near future.
I will thoroughly enjoy watching this young lady’s ascension over the coming months and years.