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PREMIERE: SOFIA KARLBERG – “WHEN THE STORM IS OVER”

The Swedish-Moroccan artist returns with dark pop ballad, “When The Storm Is Over”.

Sofia Karlberg, Swedish singer-songwriter, video premiere, When The Storm Is Over, singer in red dress by pebbled sea
Sofia Karlberg, Swedish singer-songwriter, video premiere, When The Storm Is Over, singer in red dress by pebbled sea

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.”

Sofia Karlberg, Swedish singer-songwriter, video premiere, When The Storm Is Over, singer close up covered in white cloak
Sofia Karlberg, Swedish singer-songwriter, video premiere, When The Storm Is Over, singer close up covered in white cloak

The accompanying Alvin Lindblom-directed music video takes us on a Snow White-style journey through an enchanted snowy woodland. Emerging through the trees onto an eerily-empty pebbled shore, we plunge headfirst with the red-cloaked singer into an icy sea. “We wanted to capture the pain and the strength you need to have in order to let go of something you never thought you’d lose,” the pop starlet explains.

While she might have first caught our attention by uploading covers on YouTube in 2015, this latest original offering is further proof that Karlberg is much more than a cover artist. And released in the lead up to her first major body of work, it’s just a sweet little taster of what’s to come.

Check out the video below…

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Anya Cooper
PREMIERE: SOFIA KARLBERG – “WHEN THE STORM IS OVER”

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