If you haven’t heard of Sweden’s Sofia Karlberg yet, it’s only a matter of time. Pulling together elements from pop, the Middle East and electronic music, she is rapidly carving out a space in the industry for her own brand of synthpop.
Her brand-new single, “When The Storm Is Over”, replaces the anthemic synth-pop beat of her earlier bops with a more downtempo, heavy-hearted sound. Here is a confident young artist who is not afraid to push the boundaries of pop and experiment with her own range.
A delicate piano melody builds to balladic style chorus, backed by soaring vocals and slow driving synths. Lyrically, with the help of long-time partners in crime Martin Bustaard and Victoria Voss, it navigates the heart-wrenching tale of a disintegrating relationship: “But when it comes down / Something in the air says we’re ’bout to drown / Baby, we weren’t meant for closure / Tell me when the storm is over.”
On the meaning behind the track, the singer-songwriter said: “The story behind the song is about a relationship that is on the brink of falling apart. You try to hold on to the last good parts before you realise that you just have to go through the storm, and all you can hope for is a rainbow before the storm is over.”