Scratch a little under Stockholm’s musical surface and there’s a bubbling scene of rock music indebted to glam and psychedelia. Annika Nalin, aka Ivy, has been a part of that scene for a while, and tomorrow drops her new single “Sleight Of Mind”.
Kicking off in a cascade of drums, “Sleight Of Mind” soon settles into its sway, Nalin’s soft vocal surrounded by a hypnotic spiral of synths and drums. When the chorus comes in, it crashes in like a chandelier falling from the ceiling, and the melodies tumble thrillingly over each other.
Nalin says: “I think it’s the third song I ever wrote, I made the demo for it like two years ago. I went through a phase of hanging out in the studio playing drums like every day, so most of my songs from back then are focused on rhythm. In the demo I kind of just cut and pasted the drums, and later when me and Hannes [drummer] re-recorded them we had gotten so attached to the weirdness of the demo that we decided to follow the same process".